This was the first place we wanted to stay on our trip through Sicily, having read the good reviews on TA, expectations were quite high. But high expectations are no problem for this place: the hotel itself is very charming and the staff is amazing, they are all excellent hosts; you feel immediately very welcome, we got installed on the terrace, got a prosecco, nice !!. We drove in by car directly from Catania airport (takes less than an hour) and did find Villa Ducale without much trouble, it's indeed a bit out of Taormina, but once you've seen the view from the terrace you understand why.. wow.. and anyway there's a shuttle to the town center, so you can leave your car on their small parking, (indeed 10€, but safe !), alternative is taking the stairs down to the town, easy and you're immediately in the center. Our room was on the other side of the street, also with view on the sea, large room, very comfortable with all imaginable goodies you can think of.. The breakfast is great with excellent choice, the snacks in the evening are a nice gesture and the view makes it certainly worthwhile to have an evening drink !! As we wanted to eat in town, they recommended us a nice restaurant called Osteria Rosso di Vino, and must said we found this one of the best restaurants of our trip, excellent food and atmosphere, very local and a nice terrace . We would certainly recommend this hotel to everyone, ok it's a bit more expensive, but then again it's certainly matched by the service and great staff.