We have just spent 5 glorious nights at Villa Ducale and I would like to thank Vagabonda and KenBoston for their recommendations! We have travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and have stayed in many 5 stars hotels but nothing compares to the level of exceptional service, warm hospitality, beautifully decorated rooms, delicious food and superb location that Villa Ducale has to offer. On arrival we were greeted by many enthusiastic and friendly members of staff and were treated to a glass of prosecco as well as some cheese and olives. This was a very nice touch that many hotels do not offer. There intentions are to make you feel like family and that they do with their warm hospitality and sincere interest in helping you with any requests or daily activities. The breathtaking views from the terrace where we ate breakfast and dinner have to be seen to be believed....truly sensational! The complimentary afternoon tea and oerderves were a real treat after spending most of the day sightseeing. During our stay we visted Castelmola which is a beautiful town above Taormina. Make sure you visit Bar Turissi and have a glass of almond wine! Roza who owns Bar Turissi also has an antique shop called Turissi Antiques where we purchased some beautiful jewellery. We also did a tour of the Aeolian Islands to Panarea and Stromboli. It was a long day but well worth the trip. On our last day the staff at Villa Ducale organised a private tour of Mt.Etna and we visited a couple of small villages on our way back to Taormina. Free return shuttle service is offerrred to Corso Umberto which is the main shopping strip in Taormina, however if you wish to walk it only takes about 15 minutes. All in all we had a wonderful time and would like to sincerely thank Rosaria and her wondeful staff for making our stay so enjoyable and memorable. We will return and will highly recommend Villa Ducale to all our friends. We will miss you! Room Tip: We had room 14 which was a junior suite and loved it! It was also very quiet!