In a legendary setting, well outside Taormina, with Etna’s smoking summit behind and the Mediterranean below, Talè is a place of elegance and style for discovering the essence of Sicily in all its diversity. The chef’s choices of top-quality fresh local fare – seafood and seasonal produce only – are a must, whether you eat in the all-white minimalist dining room with its carefully designed sphere lighting or on the sea-view terrace. The whole place, once a vineyard and lemon grove, is now a fine restaurant and ten guest rooms done in restful white and grey and laid out on the old terraces in a mix of excellent clean-cut modern architecture and reminders of rustic origins. The bedrooms are mostly on two floors with space, lots of natural materials and an uncluttered mood. Sleek high-design bathrooms – rectangular basins, oversized rain showers – coordinate well with the rooms. It is a shining paean to Italian style and the owners’ enthusiasm for their new project. So relax, soak it all in by the pool, secluded in its lush garden, or set out for an active exploration of the vast and fascinating volcanic territory.