San Domenico Palace is a beautiful hotel housed in an ancient Dominican monastery on the east coast of the island of Sicily.

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The San Domenico Palace is located in the town of Taormina, nestled into a cliff, overlooking the Ionian Sea. The 14th century structure, a former convent, offers views of the active and sometimes smoking Mount Etna and the azure Taormina Bay. Walk through the classical facade and along arched corridors, with sculptures, fireplaces, and paintings adding to the historical allure. Audrey Hepburn and King Edward are among the bygone elite who have stayed at this glamorous abode.

Bright and airy rooms fitted with classical furniture overlook the charming town, the monastery, blossoming garden, Greek Roman Theatre, bay, or the misty peak of Mount Etna. Decor is simple and elegant, letting the stunning scenery take center stage. These are former monk’s rooms, and small hints to the religious past dot the spaces, including church pews and ornamental light fittings.

Lounge in the Mediterranean sun on the private balcony or enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner on the terrace. Take a dip in the pool framed by a garden of orange blossoms, lemon trees, and bougainvilleas or take a dreamy snooze on one of the white loungers. At night lanterns cast a soft glow as the scent of jasmine fills the warm air.

Dine on seafood in the Michelin starred restaurant. Dishes like scampi and fresh apples from the local countryside are often on menu. The other restaurants serve decadent traditional Sicilian and Mediterranean dishes.

Taormina has a blend of Arab, Greek, Roman, and many other influences that have left their mark on the culture and the architecture, making this feel like a shimmering pearl tumbling gracefully into the sparkling sea. Visit the beautiful pebble beaches covered with bright umbrellas and cool off in the calming waters. The San Domenico Palace is the place to truly experience la dolce vita.

Wander through the medieval streets and get some sweet gelato from one of the cafes along Corso Umberto. The Piazza IX Aprile, flanked by two churches, comes alive at night with artists and musicians. Listen to the beautiful operas and concerts performed at the ancient Greek Roman Theatre. Perched on a hill and surrounded by cypress trees, stunning vistas of the glimmering sea accompany the entertainment.

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