We always heard that Taormina was special but staying in the right hotel also makes is even more magical! We arrived at the hotel after driving on the autostrada from Siracusa driving up the gentle hill to the hotel in a stressful state that it was so lovely to be greeted by handsome Paolo and Alessia (sorry if this is wrong)! Being the passenger in the car (my partner was enjoying the driving) I was so relieved to have arrived in one piece!!!!! Therefore the Hotel Villa Ducale welcome drink was just what I needed to put myself together again... we stepped on to the terrace and all my stress just flew out of my body!!! WOW! What an AMAZING view of Taormina and its coastline !!! The view was breathtaking... our start to our four day stay in Taormina began beautifully. Our room was spacious and comfortable with an amazing view (room 16). The staff were amazing and so very kind. They made you feel so at home which is very rare. A special thank you to Santi forall your help also for helping our friends get a taxi on such short notice. We were told that Sicilians were kind, it's even more than that - they love Sicily and their kindness reflects that, which is so touching. We ate 3 nights of the 4 we stayed there and ordered special menus cooked by Mamma Santina- sooooooo good and we recommend that you do this - discovered dried tuna roe pasta, just out of the world and her salt crust baked fish was divine!!! Our waiter (all my apologies for not remembering your name) made it all so wonderful too. During tea time they pamper us with cakes and at aperitif time to canapes. Everything was just soooooooooo delicious. Breakfast was a real feast with so much to eat! My favourite moment was the Campari soda time on the terrace for aperitif... If you are just visiting Taormina, we recommend that you do not rent a car unless you wish to travel to other places. We had a rent a car because we went to Siracusa before Taormina but once it was parked for us, we never took it out of the car park! The hotel can arrange for pick ups to/from airport. The hotel organises free transport to the town centre throughout the day and if you want to go the the beach, there are free pick ups also. Everything is just so well organised and you hardly have to worry about anything. This was very much appreciated. My partner and I are now working out how to get back, we loved it so much. It will not be until next year unfortunately owing to work schedules, however we definately will go back to enjoy the wonderful Villa Ducale again. A very big thank you to Paolo and his team, WE LOVED IT!