Via Teatro Greco, 59 98039 Taormina (Sicily) − Italy
Taormina's premier hotel set opposite the suggestive Greek theatre - was built in 1873 by Francesco La Floresta. It is named after the son of Andromaca, who was the founder of Taormina. It wasn't long before the hotel was serving lunch to Oscar Wilde and preparing its suite for the arrival of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany. In short, the cultural elite of Europe - including Miss Florence Trevelyan, Anatole France, D.H. Lawrence, Guy de Maupassant, Sciascia, Luigi Pirandello, Guglielmo Marconi and Christian Dior to name but a few - rapidly found its way to the terrace with one of the most amazing views on the continent.
Surrounded by a 25.000 m2 park filled with cypress, olive, palm, magnolia, almond, mulberry, citrus and bougainvillea trees, this historic hotel is famous for its literary terrace, which has always been a preferred meeting place for illustrious guests: from here you can admire the snow-covered Mount Etna, the sea and the splendour of the Greek theatre. The reception rooms, with their large windows looking out onto the terrace, are the ideal place in which to do a little reading and they also provide an intimate, elegant and striking setting when in the evening the notes of the piano gently resound. The hotel is located in the centre of town, next to the Greek theatre. It is 500 m from the cable car to Taormina Mare, 15 minutes from the railway station, 20 minutes from the port of Giardini Naxos and 60 km from Catania Fontanarossa Airport. It can be easily reached via the A18 (Messina-Catania) motorway - the “Taormina” exit is just 5 km from the hotel.
Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats. The first hotel to be built in Taormina, it sits in the most perfect location, directly in front of the Greek Theatre. Sweeping views of the coastline and majestic Mount Etna stretch out beyond.
The heated, panoramic swimming pool is surrounded by beautiful terraced gardens. Our Poolside Bar is open daily in the summer for drinks, cocktails and snacks.
Soak up the sun as you sail around the Sicilian East Coast on our complimentary boat excursions.
You are invited to use the private beach at our sister property, Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, on the Bay of Mazzarò in Taormina Mare. Take the complimentary shuttle service and settle into one of the complimentary sun loungers. A Beach Bar is open during the summer months.
Hire a private beach cabana and retreat to a personal sea-side sanctuary at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea. Perfect for up to four guests, each is equipped with a comfortable sofa, table, minibar, tented veranda and two sun loungers.
Sicily is a paradise for photographers, with a beautiful shot waiting to be snapped at every turn. Join our guide for a unique tour around Taormina. They will point out the best spots to capture, whether with your eyes or your camera.
Adventures On Mount Etna
A visit to Europe’s largest volcano offers an incredible chance to see lava flows up close. Join a tailor-made Mount Etna tour, visiting Alcantara Gorge, local farms to sample Etna’s bounty and atmospheric lava caverns such as the “Grotta dei Ladroni”.
Discover the exceptional beauty of the Aeolian Islands aboard a private yacht. Visit the volcanoes of Stromboli, the lush foliage of Salina and picture-perfect Panarea. Stop in secluded bays and choose to dine on board or ashore in an authentic fish restaurant.
Ape Tour In Taormina
Hop aboard an Ape Calessino for a Dolce Vita Tour of Sicily. Visit sites frequented by the Hollywood stars of yesteryear including Casa Cuseni and Castelmola.
Sicilian Boat Tour
Discover the coast aboard a traditional Sicilian Boat. Set sail with captain Sebastiano and head to the Blue Grotto, Isola Bella, the Gulf of Giardini Naxos, the Fortune Cave and the Siren’s Bay.
Admire the stunning vistas of Sicily from one of the best vantage points. Be mesmerised by the variety of landscapes and colours. Witness the lava flows of Mount Etna, the volcanic Aeolian Islands and the Agrigento Valley with its ancient Greek temples.
Enjoy a show at the ancient Greek Theatre adjacent to Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo. This wonderfully-preserved amphitheatre, with Mount Etna as its backdrop, is a memorable environment in which to enjoy performances.
Night At The THEATRE
The ancient Greeks chose the most spectacular location for their theatre, centuries later, it remains one of the world's most exciting venues.
When only the finest will do, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is a heavenly setting for a wedding or honeymoon. Whether it is a religious ceremony in Taormina church, a civil ceremony in the town hall or a blessing in our magnificent gardens, your wedding is guaranteed to be a stunning occasion. You can even hire the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, or the adjacent Villa Flora, for exclusive use, so that you can accommodate and entertain your guests. Leave all the planning to us. Our team of wedding experts will tailor-make your wedding to your exact specifications so that every little detail is exactly as you envisaged.
Our event space is backdropped by one of Italy’s most dramatic landscapes. Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is perfect for your Sicily events. Equipped with multi-functional rooms for meetings, gala dinners and cocktail receptions, Taormina’s luxurious yet peaceful surroundings create an atmosphere perfect for discussion, decision-making or celebration.
The double classic rooms are located in Villa Flora, a delightful private villa located just 50 metres from the Timeo Building. Elegance, tranquility and comfort are key features of these exquisitely decorated rooms.
The double superior rooms are located in Villa Flora, a delightful private villa located just 50 metres away. Elegance, tranquility and comfort are key features of these exquisitely decorated rooms. They all enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay of Naxos from their balconies or terraces.
The double deluxe rooms are located in the Timeo Building. Elegance, tranquility and comfort are key features of those exquisitely decorated rooms. Large and spacious, they enjoy beautiful, direct sea views of the Bay of Naxos from their balconies or terraces.
The mini suites are located in Villa Flora and are on two levels with a separate sitting area, a bedroom and two bathrooms. Large and spacious, most of them enjoy direct sea views of the Bay of Naxos or views of the city of Taormina from their balconies.
The junior suites superior at Grand Hotel Timeo evoke the magnificence of Sicilian Baroque, allowing guests to relive the grandeur of early 20th century aristocratic Sicily. Freshly renovated, they have beautiful living areas and delightful sitting rooms. In a prime location in the Timeo Building, they all enjoy stunning sea views of the Bay of Taormina, with glimpses of Mount Etna from their spacious balconies.
The junior suites deluxe at Grand Hotel Timeo evoke the magnificence of Sicilian Baroque, allowing guests to relive the grandeur of early 20th century aristocratic Sicily. Freshly renovated, they boast beautiful living areas and delightful sitting rooms.
In a prime location in the Timeo Building, they all enjoy stunning sea views of the Bay of Taormina, with glimpses of Mount Etna, and have spacious balconies and terraces where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast.
The Junior Suites Executive are in a prime location in the Timeo Building. Freshly renovated and very spacious, they are decorated with all comforts, have beautiful living areas and sitting rooms and large marble bathroom with separate shower.
They all enjoy a stunning Sea view on the Bay of Taormina, with glimpse on Mount Etna, and have spacious balconies and terraces where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast.
All Suites come with living areas and delightful sitting rooms. The spacious bedrooms have king size or twin beds. Each of these suites has a balcony or terrace overlooking the pretty village houses, with partial sea views. They can be connected to single rooms, ideal for families.
Suites in the Timeo Building evoke the magnificence of Sicilian Baroque. All come with living areas and delightful sitting rooms, spacious marble bathrooms with separate shower cubicle, bath-tub, and beautifully furnished double vanity basins and armoires. The spacious bedroom has king size or twin beds. Each of these suites enjoys a stunning sea view of the Bay of Taormina from its balcony or terrace.
The Exclusive two-bedroom Suite is located on the top floor in the Timeo Building, with magnificent sea view. Newly renovated, it is an ideal solution for families and honeymooners.
The Suite has a living area and delightful sitting room, two spacious marble bathrooms with separate shower cubicle, bath-tub, and beautifully furnished double vanity basins and armoires. The spacious bedroom has king size or twin beds. The Suite enjoys a stunning sea view of the Bay of Taormina from its terrace.
For an exclusive and truly special stay, our Presidential Suite is the ideal choice. From its spectacular 200 square metre terrace that dominates the bay of Taormina, you can have a 180° vista from the Medieval village of Castelmola, to Mount Etna all the way down to bay of Naxos and the Greek Theatre. The terrace is the perfect location for refined private receptions and home to a private Jacuzzi overlooking the sea below.
A trip to Taormina is a must for all visitors to Sicily and it only takes a look around to understand why. Overlooking the sea, it is surrounded by a rugged landscape dotted with the green of Mediterranean maquis and the black of volcanic stone – stone that is spread from the foot of the cliffs to the peek of Mount Etna.
Sicily is a rainbow country that offers tourists a colour for every corner and in Taormina you can take in almost the entire spectrum: the black of the rock and the red of the lava from Etna, the blue and emerald green of the sea that laps the shores from Giardini Naxos to Letojanni, passing under Taormina’s watchful eye towards the astounding beauty of the Isola Bella and Mazzarò.
Sea, sun and Etna are Sicily’s principal treasures – treasures that Taormina supplies in a range of tastes, scents and colours that ensures that visitors succumb to the enchantment of this island. The very act of leaning out to admire this beautiful bay, with the sun shining on their faces and the shadow of the majestic and mysterious mountain at their backs, was enough to ensure that Goethe, Dalí, Dumas, Klee, Klimt, Oscar Wild, Brahms, Bernstein, Wagner, Ingmar Bergman, Fellini, Marlene Dietric and many other illustrious visitors, fell under Sicily’s spell after having visited Taormina.Enjoying the water at Mazzarò, with its superb view of the Isola Bella (linked to the mainland by a narrow sand spit), admiring the breathtaking view (perhaps from the cable car that runs between these gems and the centre of Taormina), having a coffee or tasting one of the traditional Sicilian deserts at one of the typical outdoor cafés: This is Taormina. This is the essence of Sicily.
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Hotel: Grand Hotel Timeo
Address: Via Teatro Greco, 59 98039 Taormina (Sicily)
Official website: http://www.grandhoteltimeo.com/web/oght/grand_hotel_timeo.jsp
Telephone: +39 0942 627 0200
Fax: +39 0942 627 0606
Hotel email: email@example.com
Train Station: Taormina (15 Kms.)
Airport Fontanarossa Airport - Catania (60 Kms.)
By car from Fontanarossa Airport: Follow the indications to Mesina. First take the motorway in the direction of Catania and then to Messina exit at Taormina. From Taormina centre, the hotel is only a 5-minute walk because cars are not allowed.