Hotel Villa Carlotta
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The cone shape of the volcano was just visible as we came down to land in the coastal city of Catania on the beautiful island of Sicily.
It was late in the afternoon and Suzi and I were both tired from the flight. We knew we had a 60 minute wait for the bus, and that the transfer to Taormina would take over an hour. As the bus slowly made …
... well-preserved Randazzo is the most attractive of Etna's villages, and built entirely of black volcanic stone. Upon arrival, you will visit the main square and Cathedral of Santa Maria Church, first constructed in the early-13th century, and subsequently rebuilt several times.
After a stop at a famous local patisserie in the Cathedral Square for a refreshing pistachio gelato, you will continue on to the Cottanera Estate. ...
... met up with a few crew members at a cafe where there is good wifi. I was able to have a video chat with my mama before heading back to the ship.
I watched Silhouette the show for the 7th and 8th time and watched the movie Goon. On a side tangent, this movie is hilarious and since parts of it were filmed in Winnipeg it made me very happy to watch while being so far away from home. ...
Day 44 Catania Sicily Today we dock in Sicily and we have been looking forward to this as we have not been to the southern part of Italy in our travels, although we have heard both good and bad things about it. We have decided we will hire a car and go up to see Mt Etna which is an active volcano that apparently still erupts every 9 weeks or so. We have been searching for another couple to travel with and share costs, but so far have found no likely prospects. We get talking to a group of ...
... it would be.Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large lounge area, well stocked kitchen and the highlight, a terrace with views to the sea and harbour in front and views to Mount Etna on the right.The lady who met us at the apartment spoke no English but spent 20 minutes giving us a run down on how things worked. We worked out some of it. Taormina is an almost perfectly preserved medieval town sitting high on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Carlotta Taormina
A fine choice
Villa Fabbiano is a wonderful hotel well situated in Taormina. Very nice breakfast with a fabulous view on the rooftop terrace.
We had originally considerd the Villa Ducale for our 3 night visit, but were exceedingly glad we chose Villa Fabbiano, both because of the wonderful service, and the great(by comparison to most other top rated hotels)location. A short 10 minute stroll to most anywhere you really want to be.This is not the case with most of the others.
The staff is wonderfully attentive, and very very helpful.
The rooms ( we had a jr. suite) were spacious, with a large "sit outside" terrace with an ocean view. The rooms were very quiet, and the air conditioning was the very best we have ever had in Italy-- and we have travelled all over Italy many times.
The pool area is quite small and unique. It worked while we were there in late May, but I wonder how it would accommodate everyone during weather that demands access to a pool. It would be tight!
There are a few quirks that are a silly nuisance-- such as the 50 Euro cash deposit for 2 pool towels(which you then keep with you in the hotel room), and a unique arrangement for reusing the breakfast napkins. These in no way take away from the experience; just a little quirky to us!
An excellent choice, and a very good value for a luxury hotel. A great, family run hotel.
A wonderful hideaway
We had a wonderful stay at the Villa Fabbiano in beautiful Taormina, Sicily. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fabbiano, are on the scene to ensure that the guests enjoy themselves. The multilingual staff is cheerful and helpful. The hotel has a lovely secluded garden and pool and great views of the sea. The location is excellent so that a car is not needed--five minute walk to the bus station, and 10 minutes to Taormina's very good restaurants. A highlight of the hotel is the delicious and varied breakfast offering served on the open-air rooftop terrace.
Villa Fabbiano was wonderful - breakfast is served on the top floor with an outside terrace so you have 180 degree view over the sea. Service was faultless - the staff could not do enough for us. I would highly recommend it in terms of location too. The pool was very clean and the balconies with sea views were very spacious. Highly recommended.
We enjoyed the Villa Fabbiano
We enjoyed this hotel, my wife and I stayed there the last week of April 2005. The room was really nice, a good size with sea view, very comfortable bed, plenty of storage and hanging space. The breakfast is excellent with stunning view of Etna. An easy 10 minute strolls into town for dinner (although some of the best places to eat were closest to the hotel). The staff were very friendly and helpful, we would definitely go back and we would recommend it to anyone. The only problem is parking but that's the same all over Sicily.
Just returned from our very enjoyable 3 night stay at the Villa Fabbiano. We were totally impressed by the loacation, helpfullness of management and staff alike, immaculate cleanliness, and overall decor of the hotel.
After visiting many cities and hotels within Italy, it offered the best breakfast and view of all. The home made cakes and selections of meats and cheeses were numerous. The view of the bay and Mt. Etna were breath-taking.
As a smoker, my husband was suprised by the "No Smoking" rules in the hotel...but was so impressed that he decided to remain there and smoke a lot less....Thank you Villa Fabbiano for your rules....
Our room was a Double Superior, with standing balcony and sea view. Room 205. The shower was a bit too small for us, but we managed. We were told that each room is different, and will ask for a larger shower next time.
The management went above and beyond in helping us reconfirm our flights and when there was a question as to flight time he went out of his way to get the correct information, get a car to get us to the airport much earlier that was originally reserved and even helped carry our bags out to get us on our way. This is how a small family operation should be run and is. Their staff was always pleasant and helpfull...and always smiling
Would go back anytime....and will...
Quirky charm and outstanding service
in march, my family and I spent three delightful nights at Villa Fabbiano in Taormina, Sicily. We found this small hotel to have lots of quirky charm, perched high on a hill overlooking the ocean. The young staff was outstanding. They were so attentive and it seemed like they couldn't do enough to make our stay more pleasant. Sr. Francesco Fabbiano, who with his wife, runs the Villa, helped us arrange a memorable dinner off-site and provided lots of good sightseeing ideas. The breakfast offered on the top floor is one of the best! Kudos to this fine establishment and the people who are dedicated to making it so!
A place where Americans are Not welcome
The hotel seems nice but none is italian there : they have asians ,german ,swiss staff but if I go to Sicily I want to meet locals and want to stay in a local place not feel in the cold German black forest . They have a rude attitude towards Americans and although they had free rooms they did not want to accomodate us . A place to avois at all costs !
First of all, everybody is welcome in Taormina and in our fine hotel. We always try to provide a professional and friendly service to our guests. We are happy to accommodate all our guests independently on their nationality.
Second, our main business il selling accommodations. Why shouldn't we reserve a room when it's empty? Of course, we can't sell a room for 100 Euro if its cost is 200 Euro.
Third, as our guests, also our staff is international. The managment of our hotel, as stated on our webpage, is swiss-italian. Why should we only employ italian people? I've been travelling around the world and have seen many hotels, as somebody else might have done. I'm pretty sure that a lot you would agree that in the hotel business the staff is often international.
However, I think that the positive feedback we received on this page is enough to leave the final consideration up to you.
Small boutique hotel loved the Villa Fabbiano
Beautiful small boutique hotel at the entrance of Taormina. Seaview room a must try to get Room 202 if you are a single or a double with not to much luggage. fantastic terrace You can sea ocean and Mt Edna. Hospitality very warm and helpful. Price is right too. Breakfast buffet very generious. Newly renovated. Great location.
We're just back in Holland. We had a wonderful stay in Villa Fabbiano. It's a beautiful hotel on one of those big hills in Taormina. The people are friendly, the rooms are beautiful and it's quiet over there and the views are wonderful. That's what we like. When you take a short walk then you're in the city, where you can eat, drink etc.
This is a recommendation!
Fantastic Mock Castle for Romantics Everywhere
I spent two nights with my girlfriend at the Villa Fabbiano in May 2004 and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone looking for an unusual and incredily romantic getaway. The hotel is in the style of a beautiful mock-castle and includes some original Bysantine brickwork inside it's hallways and gardens. The hotel enjoys a fantasic position overlooking the Bay of Naxos and is only a short 10 minute walk from the main high-street with its numerous restaurants. We stayed in a standard double room with sea-view and balcony which was spacious and bright with high-ceilings, stone floors and which had a wonderful wrought iron bed. The homemade buffet breakfast is delicious and is served from a roof-top terrace with spectacular views of Etna.
The only downside was that our room was on the first floor and our 'seaview' was actually a view of the hotel garden. Other than that however, I really had no complaints and the staff were incredibly helpful and multilingual.
We also decided to spoil ouselves one evening and paid a visit to the Grand Hotel Timeo for a nightcap. Although drinks here are very expensive the views from the candlelit terrace are definitely worth it. Taormina certainly lives up to its billing as a honeymooners paradise!