More than 23 centuries ago, when Sicily was part of Magna Graecia, the tiny mountain town of Taormina was already famed for its sweeping views, perhaps the best in Italy—and including the towering volcano, Mount Etna. As Sicily’s most fashionable resort, Taormina was described by Guy de Maupassant as ‘all that seems made on the earth to entice eyes, spirit, and imagination’. Its Greek amphitheatre, the Teatro Greco, enjoys one of the loveliest sites anywhere in the world. As does the hotel next door—fabulous, luxurious Grand Hotel Timeo, a Belmond Hotel. With the finest views of magnificent Mount Etna volcano, this is undoubtedly the place to stay!
Framed by the stage columns of the Teatro is the snow-capped summit of Europe’s largest active volcano, and, beyond, the Straits of Messina and the terra firma of Italy and Europe. The acoustics are equally impressive, and the theatre, hewn into the rock face of Mount Tauro at an altitude of 675 feet, is still used every summer for a festival of music and the arts. Attending one of the Greek classics performed in the teatro just before sunset is an experience without peer.
Taormina’s favourite pastime is a leisurely passeggiata along its one bougainvillea-swathed strip of boutiques, curio and ceramic shops interspersed with intimate piazzas and dramatic belvederes, while watching Etna puffing gentle plumes into the Sicilian sky. And if you have had the foresight to book your stay at the Grand Hotel Timeo you will continue to see wondrous views of Mount Etna while luxuriating in the infinite elegance of the first hotel to be built in Taormina, and still its only hotel of its class. This is truly the place to stay in Taormina.
Grand Hotel Timeo has a laid-back hedonism which harnesses the history and mystique of Mount Etna and the Greek theatre, the beauties of the landscape and the glittering Ionian Sea below, while enveloping its guests in old-world grandeur and gracious living, allied to a cosmopolitan spirit. Long evenings await you on the terrace, and the lure of the sea is never far away—not only in the views from above but literally, as a shuttle takes guests the few minutes to the private beach of its elegant sister hotel by the sea, Villa Sant’Andrea, where you can lunch and dine, stroll in the gardens and use the spa—giving you two holidays in one.
At Hotel Timeo, genuine Sicilian warmth fills the interiors and spills out on to the Italian gardens, while signature cocktails and Michelin-star dining tantalise the tastebuds. The rooms and suites are exquisite: 71 guest rooms are decorated in elegant Italian baroque, and most boast fabulous views of the sea and Mount Etna.
Sit back and soak up the gentle sea breeze from your private balcony or terrace. You will be following in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. Timeo, after all, is one of the best hotels in all Italy, the perfect place to stay on your personal Grand Tour.
With this in mind, Mount Etna—the Pillar of Heaven—awaits. Take the cable car up the mountain, soaring over pinnacles of frozen lava dunes, craters and smoke holes. This vision of petrified chaos makes the ascent to Etna’s 11,000ft summit one of Italy’s most haunting experiences. The volcano is also vital for Etna’s wine-making. Thousands of years of volcanic events have made the terroir exclusive, the founding heritage of wines famous across the world. Wine tasting on Mount Etna—ah yes, another aspect of a perfect Grand Tour.
The exclusive advantageous Club rates at Grand Hotel Timeo save Members hundreds of pounds. We believe our Club Members’ rates to be the very best available. Only CountryClubuk Members are eligible for these and other exclusive advantageous rates: to join the Club for yourself or your guests, saving you hundreds of pounds on Day One, please click here or call us on 020 7399 2960.
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Via Teatro Greco, 59
98039 Taormina ME