Villa Ducalli in Taormina is a lovely, comfortable, scenic, romantic hilltop hotel, of natural beauty, overlooking the sea, with extraordinary hospitality and breathtaking views. The staff greet you with a smile and welcome drink, then explain everything you need to know about the area, island, and hotel, for example their shuttle van service. They insist that you ask if you need anything. The amazing breakfast includes ratatouille, grilled eggplant, olives, omelets, spinach, and pastry including marzipan cake NS great breads. They will even order soi milk for your coffee! Their evening tappas include brochuta and eggplant. (They don’t care if you don’t want to order a drink, you can just enjoy the complimentary snacks.) This is our favorite hotel in the world. The breakfast room has a breathtaking view of Mt. Helena. Villa Ducalli is a one-minute walk up the garden path which leads to the hundreds of stairs to the village below. You can walk back, take a bus, or book the hotel van.