Spend the day in Taormina: Sicily’s “pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Return to a Campari Spritz and a refreshing dip in the pool. More boutique hotel than B&B, this spanking new roadside villa stands in the suburbs of Savoca, and what makes it special is Christel. Belgian born and married to a Sicilian, she is a charming and multilingual hostess.
Each bedroom is impeccable and two open to the pool. Wake to breakfast tables laid with local cheeses, prosciutto, fruits and homemade jams. For lunch, there’s a lovely restaurant in little hilltop Savoca. Or join the tourists at the Bar Vitelli; ‘The Godfather’ was filmed here and it’s barely changed.
If you’re doing The Godfather tour, don’t miss Forza D’Agrò. A cliff-perched restaurant combines delicious local food with a stunning panorama, taking in Mazzaro Bay and the Straight of Messina.