Hotel Villa Paradiso

Sicily, Taormina

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  • Family-run hotel with beautiful views of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos 
  • A stone's throw from the main pedestrian street of Taormina

This family-run hotel has undergone extensive renovations in 2021 and has all the comforts of a stylish comfortable home, it is an ideal retreat for those who like to mix heritage with a modern touch. The hotel was one of the first on the island and has been a pioneering reference for stylish visitors ever since. Truman Capote, Greta Garbo and Orson Wells have all enjoyed stays here, so guests will find themselves in good company!

Hotel Villa Paradiso dates back to 1892 when it was a private residence for the Martorana family. It was transformed into a hotel in 1912 by Salvatore Martorana (the current owner’s grandfather), who wanted to keep the hotel’s famous sense of tradition and architectural features intact. The recent renovation means that Villa Paradiso carries its name even better now.

The hotel is perched above Taormina, Sicily’s charming historic centre. The hotel’s rooftop bar - where breakfast is served - enjoys splendid views of the little town, with the sparkling waves of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna in the background. Taormina’s treasures, including the beautiful Giardino Pubblico, grand Greek-Roman Theatre and the impressive Palazzo Corvaja, are just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

The hotel has 37 rooms (official rating 4-star). Child prices apply to ages 2-12 years.


Bars & Restaurants

Al Settimo Cielo

Included With: Bed & Breakfast

Al Settimo Cielo serves buffet breakfast as well as aperitifs and light food in the evenings.

Aptly named “Seventh Heaven” and situated on the 6th floor, Al Settimo Cielo is the best place between sea and sky. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with stunning views. Evening aperitivos are particularly popular too - watch the sun go down with a Spritz in hand before setting out to dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Bar & Lounge

Relax in the Bar & Lounge with views over the sea. 

Activities & Entertainment

Keep yourself fit, even while on holiday! Taormina offers much to do in the way of activity. Take a hike to the neighbouring village of Castelmola (around 5 km away), try a spot of canyoning in the Alcantara Gorge, or enjoy a game of tennis on the courts adjacent to the hotel.

Tennis Courts

Tennis courts are available adjacent to the hotel, please enquire at the reception. Pay locally.



Stay connected with the wifi free of charge.

About the location
Taormina is the jewel in Sicily’s crown. Perched high on Mount Tauro, the town enjoys some of the most enviable views on the planet - with the brilliant azure seas of the Bay of Naxos giving way to Mount Etna gently smouldering in the background. It has long been a coveted destination - D.H. Lawrence lived here in the 1920s and Italians of all walks of life flock to its beaches between July and August. 

Historically, Taormina is one of the most interesting places in Sicily. Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman theatre, is still used today while the 12th-14th century Palazzo Corvaja, the 1635 Baroque fountain, the Church of San Domenico, the Anglican Church of Saint George, and the municipal gardens (Giardini della Villa Comunale) are simply must-sees on your trip.

The chic resort town is popular with both the jet-set and families. Nature lovers will enjoy Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve connected to the beach by a short isthmus. Both the town and Isola Bella are placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Tentative list.
Transfer time
The hotel is 1 hour from Catania airport. Return private transfers included. To change your transfers or book car hire instead, simply call us once you’ve completed your booking.
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City View Room

Max 2 adults

City View Rooms are furnished with period features in a typical Sicilian style and have modern comforts. Charming city views can be enjoyed from the balcony.


Garden View Room

Max 2 adults

Garden View Rooms have views over the garden and tennis court and a partial sea view.


Front Sea View Room

Max 3 adults

Front Sea View Rooms have a private balcony with sea views, or are more spacious with a panoramic veranda.


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Superior Twin City View

Max 2 adults

Recently renovated Superior City View Rooms boast period features in a typical Sicilian style and come with modern comforts.They have parquet floors, typical Sicilian furniture, and a minibar.
The bathroom has modern furnishings, a rain shower, and a toiletry set as well as double-glazed windows. Charming city views can be enjoyed from the balcony.


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Superior Twin Garden View

Max 2 adults

Recently renovated, these rooms have views over the garden and tennis court and a partial sea view. They feature a flat screen TV in the living area as well as the bedroom and an ensuite toilet with a shower. 




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Junior Suite Front Sea View Balcony

Max 3 adults

Recently renovated Junior Suites boast a private balcony which overlooks the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna views. They feature a small seating area, terracotta floors, typical Sicilian furniture, and a minibar.


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Great hotel floors 2-5
The B, Nashville, Tennessee
Tripadvisor review May 15 2023
Great hotel! Just make sure you’re not in the first floor, as those rooms aren’t updated yet. We checked in to our room, and we’re put on the first floor, which was under construction, very old and...
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Perfect for us
Diptych, Hampton, United Kingdom
Tripadvisor review May 02 2023
Just a great hotel for our party. We only had a few nights in Taormina and it was brilliant to spend them here. What did we like? The people and how friendly and helpful they were; the breakfasts...
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