Casa Cuseni

Taormina, Messina
+39 094 228362

Step back in time at this historically important Sicilian hotel... Mimma can tell you all its stories and the gardens are a dream


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

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 Mimma, the daughter of the chauffeur and housekeeper, who worked for the family, owns the house. She 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. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
2pm - 8pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Restaurants 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €150
5 Doubles
From €150



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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Mimma Cundari

  • Casa Cuseni is home to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Grand Tour of the city of Taormina: with the famous collection of watercolors of the English Grand Tour in Sicily and in the land of the East (J.Wright, F.Brangwyn, A.East, C.A. Hunt, R.Kitson,P.Steer)
  • 104/5000 The historic garden of Casa Cuseni is perfectly preserved and was built by English artists (Sir Alfred East R.A., Sir Frank Brangwyn, Cecil Arthur Hunt, Robert H. Kitson) and Italians ( Giacomo Balla e Fortunato Depero).
  • Casa Cuseni, Maison de Charme has an extraordinary view of the Gulf of Naxos, the Etna volcano and the Garden of Casa Cuseni.
  • The Maison Casa Cuseni has been open since 1948 as the first Italian residence for writers and painters. The house has been declared an Italian National Monument. It's also part of the Great Italian Gardens.
  • Casa Cuseni for the high historical and artistic value has been declared an Italian National Monument, it is part of the Icom Houses-Museum, the Museum Houses of the greatest Italian intellectuals (Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Verdi, D'Annunzio, Pavarotti)
  • Casa Cuseni preserves Sir Frank Brangwyn's dining room, the only existing interior in the world by Sir Frank Brangwyn. The dining room has been defined as the best example of Arts and Crafts Movements in the world outside of Great Britain.