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To end a perfect day, or enhance the pleasures of a longer visit, I highly recommend a stay at the Hotel Villa Ducale, where Sicilian hospitality reigns.  Andrea and Rosaria Quartucci are dedicated to making their guests feel at home in what was once their private family dwelling, now lovingly converted into an elegant inn painstakingly decorated by local artisans to recreate and showcase Sicilian interior design at its best.  The terrace where breakfast and afternoon aperitifs are served has an unobstructed view of the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna.

Andrea is present to greet and assist his guests offering advice and suggestions on all aspects of their stay in Taormina.  He exhibited a gentle kindness to me and to my elderly parents, as did his staff.  Reservations are a must as Villa Ducale’s reputation for excellence is growing.

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Villa Ducale

Via Leonardo da Vinci, 60, Taormina ~ Sicily, Italy

Villa Ducale ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson