Sitting on a garden bench and looking to the surprisingly pretty peak of Mount Etna, surrounded by flitting butterflies and lush palms, you’d struggle to believe that you’re just a short walk from Taormina’s energetic centre. Yet the Villa Comunale Gardens truly are, and are perfect for a moment’s rest during a busy day seeing the sights. At the centre of this verdant patch is the remarkable Villa Comunale itself – an elaborate, many-tiered pavilion, built by the eccentric Lady Trevelyan for her many pets. It’s equal parts surreal and breathtaking, and well worth the short walk from the town’s main street.
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Rome, Sorrento & Sicily
13 Day selfguided multi centre from £1,519
Journey by rail through some of Italy's most iconic destinations, combining the ancient city of Rome with visits to the beautiful seaside towns of Sorrento and Taormina.
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