Villa Sonia - 4 Star Hotel, Castelmola Di Taormina, Sicily

4 Star Hotel in Castelmola Di Taormina , Sicily
Star Rating 4

The Villa Sonia is very special. With the atmosphere of an Italian country villa, stunning, unimpeded views of Etna, & the most stunning backdrop ever for a pool, we just love it.

Villa Sonia

Why We Love It

WOW! Etna view
Magical & stunning
Comfort with style
Ray & Annie love it

Nearest Airports:

Catania 1 hr
Comiso 2 hrs 15m mins
Palermo 3 hrs 50 mins

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A very special "country house " hotel, incomparable Etna views. Wow! Ray & Annie love "the best firework display ever". They adore Giuseppe's "slow tourism " (even though he's the most hyperactive person they know!). Alison wonders who needs a sea-view, when you can have a volcano! The Villa Sonia is magical.

CONGRATULATIONS TO GIUSEPPE & MARIA. Hotel Villa Sonia has been awarded a TRIPADVISOR certificate of excellence 2014.

Within a few hundred metres of Castemola's main square, is the very special Villa Sonia. In our opinion, it is absolutely unique, facing Mount Etna, and with nothing to impede the stunning views, with a panorama of the whole slope and summit of the volcano. Its terraces and swimming pool make the most of the spectacular location and must be one of the best spots on the island for viewing the volcano, so take your binoculars. With the atmosphere of an Italian country house and such incredible views of Etna, we just love it.
Natural stone and terracotta, dustings of colour, antique furniture and interesting artefacts create the sort of warm, comfortable and elegant atmosphere, more typical of someone's home than a hotel, and that is what Giuseppe Intelisano wants. He has created a special place. The Villa Sonia lounges and reading room are comfortable and welcoming. The restaurant is spacious, but intimate, and its terraces, of course, have those wonderful views. Because of his great passion for good Italian and Sicilian wines, he set up his "enoteca " wine store, so that guests can savour some of Sicily's best wines - typical of his personal touches. You will often see him, dashing about, somewhat intense and preoccupied, because he involves himself in every detail of the place and rarely relaxes, in his quest to make everything just right.
The Villa Sonia is terraced into the hillside, with the most amazing, unhindered views of the whole slope and summit of Mount Etna. With this as a backdrop, the main swimming pool is spectacular. The poolside bar, in summer, serves delicious lunches and snacks. Food served in the restaurant is great. Usually once a week Giuseppe hosts a "Buffet Sul Terrazzo ", by the pool or on the covered terrace. With music and a fantastic array of temptingly delicious food, this is always an event to remember - we have certainly had many a memorable evening. You must try it! Breakfasts are very good - a perfect start to a sunny Sicilian day. The second, smaller swimming pool, for guests of the Garden Cottage rooms, is situated on a terrace below the hotel and the views from here are breathtaking. The pool itself might be less impressive than the bigger one up top, but it is incredibly handy for these rooms.
A family affair, Giuseppe's partner, Maria is ever-present and efficient, as are her charming sons, Giuseppe (the other one!), who often works on reception and Nico, who works as a waiter. Nico's lovely girlfriend, Irena, is a waitress and you must meet Nunzio, another waiter, who is one of Annie's favourites. He may not smile much (except to her!), but he is a real sweetie and seems to have the personality of the seven dwarves all rolled into one (well, five of them anyway)! We'll let you see what she means! Their love of Castelmola and passion for the Villa Sonia shines through everything and it is always a joy to stay there. It is one of those places that clients return to again and again. And so do we!
Castelmola is to Taormina as Ravello is to the Amalfi Coast. Towering, about 3km above Taormina, Castelmola has stunning views of the coast and Mount Etna. The little town is quaint and picturesque, with winding streets and alleyways, and with a more gentle pace of life than Taormina. If you mention it to Sicilians, most respond dreamily that Castelmola is a special place, held between sea and sky, and with a particular affinity to Mount Etna, which seems to watch it from a distance.
Generally just as warm, but less humid, there are bars, restaurants and shops and it is a delight to stroll around. For the adventurous (and mildly crazy!) there is a steep, stepped path to Taormina. As well as the Villa Sonia's own shuttle, regular buses run between Castelmola and Taormina, and taxis are very reasonably priced.
Nearest Town: 
Castelmola Di Taormina
Places of Interest: 

Taormina, Mt. Etna

Distance to Coast: 
Approx. 20-30 minutes
Internet Access: 
Swimming Pool: 
Other Features: 
  • 40 rooms in main hotel, plus 6 Garden Cottage rooms. All en-suite
  • Air-conditioning July and August, sometimes earlier/later depending on weather
  • Lift
  • Restaurant & bar (half-board is breakfast & evening meal only)
  • Both swimming pools open 09:30-18:30 daily, 27/03-31/10, weather permitting
  • Towels for pool provided free
  • Pool umbrellas and sunbeds free
  • Sauna, €8 per person, per session, payable locally
  • Free Taormina shuttle 3 times a day
  • Beach arrangement May to October - transfers, entrance, sunbed & umbrella; adults €8,50 per day in May, June, September & October; adults €9,50 per day in July & August: children under 5 yrs free
  • Occasionally hosts weddings/functions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room safes
  • Hairdryers
  • Parking for main hotel guests €5 per day payable locally. Parking for Garden Cottages is free
  • Internet point

Antique furniture and interesting artefacts create the sort of warm, comfortable and elegant atmosphere, more typical of someone's home than a hotel.

Double/twin with view over the street or garden. We do not offer these.

Double/twin with view of Etna from small balcony (room for 2 chairs only, no table)

Double/twin, with balcony with Etna-view.

Double/twin, with jacuzzi bath and terrace, with Etna-view

Well below the main hotel, this row of only 5 rooms is fabulous. Charming furnished terraces, separated by railings and shrubbery, have their own individual access, and they give a full frontal view of Mount Etna, its slopes and lush green ravines, a panorama too magnificent to capture in words. Each room is different, but beautifully furnished in that typical Villa Sonia style and we really love them and their relaxing location. Guests of these rooms have use of a lovely swimming pool, situated on a terrace just above and shared with Casa Etna (a separate small suite nearby) - or they can choose to use the larger pool at the main hotel. The small pool itself might be less impressive than the bigger one up top, but it is incredibly handy for these rooms.

Guests can take their car down a somewhat challenging road to park nearby, or they can park at the top and work up an appetite climbing the steps (lots of them!) and path through the gardens, to the restaurant, main pool and other hotel facilities. Don’t worry, if you just fancy a cuppa though. Each room has a kettle and the bits and bobs for tea or coffee.

“We found Villa Sonia made for a brilliant holiday. The views were second to none and we enjoyed our excursions very much. The food was really tasty.” Debbie & Richard, Hastings
Steve Bleach wrote for The Sunday Times, "The best view in Sicily? It has to be from the pool terrace at Villa Sonia, Castelmola. The hotel is set on a craggy perch high above pretty Taormina - and there's nothing between you and Etna. It's bewitching by day, and even more so during nature's nightly fireworks. "
"Having just come back from Villa Sonia, I wanted to say what a fantastic time we had. Just as described - it was everything we wanted. " Gill, Bagshot
"We have so enjoyed the staff, who couldn't have been more helpful and generous, it is like leaving friends. We have wonderful memories to keep us going as we return to normal, back in England. " Pam & David, Worthen, Shrewsbury
"Best shower room ever, with a great view of Etna! Excellent staff and great Friday night entertainment, even for non-Italian speakers." Malcolm & June, Isle of Wight
Roland Ellison, Commercial editor for the Mirror online wrote...
Just an hour or so from the sandy beaches of the south east, the climb to the Hotel Villa Sonia, perched on top of Taormina, was a complete change of scenery. The hotel has a gorgeous pool terrace and an unrivalled view of Sicily’s smoking volcano, Mount Etna, which was visible from our bed. With its steep climbs, cable car to the beach, street performers, hawkers and teeming town centre, Taormina was by far the most touristy of the place we visited, and we warmed to its pretty pebble beaches and the mountain-top village of Castelmola up the hill from our hotel. To read Roland's article in full, click here
Our 2016 prices are now available.

From £427 per person, per week, including breakfast & transfers

Or half-board from £560 per person, per week.



Special Offers

Restaurant offer:
All guests have a 10% discount at the Caffè San Giorgio in Castelmola and Restaurant ‘La Griglia.’  

One night free for stays of six nights or more, valid all periods. Free spumante, flowers and fruit in room.