This boxy yellow villa with views of Mount Etna over the rooftops of Taormina oozes history. Over the years it’s played host to many great literary giants and artists – Tennessee Williams, Bertrand Russell, Dali and Picasso, who gives his name to the main suite, were all guests of its aristocratic English owners. Today the daughter of the chauffeur and housekeeper, who worked for the family, owns the house. Mimma has preserved it beautifully; the stunning gardens and part of the house, including the dining room which was furnished and decorated by Frank Brangwyn and Alfred East, are now a museum as well as a hotel. Guests enter a library/reception area, and the five light-flooded bedrooms are all upstairs; the two in the towers have huge terraces and spectacular vistas; all have antique furnishings, watercolours on pastel walls and brand new beds; bathrooms have been updated but mostly this place is a ‘how to’ in preservation. Each morning breakfast – fresh fruits, homemade cakes and breads – is laid out on the top floor as you gaze out over the Bay of Naxos and plan your day touring Sicily. Fab.