Perched in the sundrenched hills above the Strait of Messina, the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has drawn a glamorous clientele since it opened in 1873.
Taormina, on the east coast of Sicily, has served as a popular summer retreat for Europeans since the 19th century. The historic Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo opened in 1873 and its glamorous clientele has included Oscar Wilde, Catherine Deneuve and Robert De Niro. Perched high in the sun-drenched hills above the Strait of Messina, the villastyle hotel has sweeping vistas of the Greek Theatre, the bay of Naxos and snow-capped Mount Etna. Artisans and craftsmen breathed new life into the interiors, with their Baroque-style antiques, silk curtains and sprawling marble baths. The exterior cannot be beat, with acres of towering cypresses, century-old olive trees and fragrant bougainvillea. The panoramas are best enjoyed from the Literary Terrace with a chilled glass of limoncello.
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