San Domenico Palace Hotel - Taormina

Piazza San Domenico 5, Taormina, Italy, 98039  show map
 5 stars
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San Domenico Palace Hotel - Taormina

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Parking

Paid parking

 24-Hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Swimming Pool

Seasonal outdoor pool

 Fitness/Gym

Fitness center

 Spa and relaxation

Spa lounge

 Breakfast

In-room breakfast

Editorial review:

This 15th-century peaceful monastery has great views of Mount Etna and the bay of Taormina. The rooms have gorgeous decorations and the public rooms are outstanding. The staff is dressed immaculately and they are very helpful.

Overview

The San Domenico Palace Hotel, Taormina, the most famous 14th century monastery-hotel in the world owns its natural terrace among gardens in perpetual bloom overlooking the sea and is located within lots of interesting historical and modern sites within walking distance including the Greco-Roman theatre, Piazza IX Aprile, Giardini Naxos bay, Mountain Etna, the medieval clock tower, Corvaja Palace, St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Roman Odeon, the Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano, Porta di Mezzo and Porta Catania, the oldest two in the city.

The hotel comes with 105 elegant guest rooms featuring breathtaking views over the gardens and down to the sea, night views of Etna, and some have private terraces.

The hotel’s cuisine is mainly based on traditional Sicilian and international cuisine: first-class Principe Cerami restaurant, awarded with one Michelin star, breathtaking L’Antico Refettorio restaurant, remarkable Les Bougainvillées restaurant, amazing Giardino dei Limoni, Le Zagare pool bar and its main pride that is Cloister Lounge Piano Bar by Ferrari, where the Dominican monks gathered in prayer, conceal corners of rare magic, living out a fairy tale made of vivid rays of sunlight, gentle sea breezes, the sweet melody of nightingales.

The hotel is 800m away from A18 Messina-Catania motorway and 55km from Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) and 6km away from Giardini Naxos central railway station.

Number of rooms   105.

Rooms

The hotel comes with 105 elegant guest rooms: 44 rooms in the Ancient Convent wing, including four suites and one junior suite, and 61 rooms in the Grand Hotel wing, including three suites and seven junior suites. Lots of the hotel’s rooms are luxuriously converted monks’ cells off two 100m-long vaulted corridors. The rooms feature breathtaking views over the gardens and down to the sea, night views of Etna, and some have private terraces.

The hotel includes the unique and exclusive Presidential suite, with refined furnishings, red lacquer and old wrought iron, specially imported from the distant Orient for the important guest after whom it is named, mini pool suite, embellished in typical Sicilian style, junior and garden suite, with a private terrace on the sea and a dip in the turquoise of the pool, executive and deluxe rooms, with a private terrace overlooking the sea, classic and superior rooms, with classic furnishings and staff at your disposition 24 hours a day.

Dining options

First-class Principe Cerami restaurant awarded with one Michelin star and named after the Sicilian noble pays special attention to local delicacies. Opening hours 7.30pm – 11pm, closed on Mondays. Dress code: jacket, elegant.

Breathtaking L’Antico Refettorio restaurant, open from November to March, presents international cuisine whilst also paying attention to local products and food and offers a wide range of excellent wines. Opening hours 12.30pm – 3pm, 7.30pm – 10.45pm. Dress code: jacket, elegant – evening.

Remarkable Les Bougainvillées restaurant, open from April to October, offers al fresco dining on the large terrace overlooking the astounding sea view. Opening hours 7am – 10.30am San Domenico endless breakfast, 7.30pm – 10.45pm dinner. Dress code: smart casual.

Amazing Giardino dei Limoni, open during the summer season from April to October, offers a rich variety of light snacks and dishes, right for those who love to have small meals without giving up palatable pleasures. Opening hours 12.30pm – 3pm lunch. Dress code: casual.

Le Zagare pool bar, opening hours 10am – 6pm, will meet the taste of light meals and fresh drinks along with charming water splashes.

Special attention is drawn to Cloister Lounge Piano Bar by Ferrari, Metodo Classico, the hotel’s pride, where the Dominican monks gathered in prayer, conceal corners of rare magic, living out a fairy tale made of vivid rays of sunlight, gentle sea breezes, the sweet melody of nightingales, delicate scents of flowers and citrus, and relaxing silences. Opening hours 11am – 1am.

The hotel San Domenico Palace serves a buffet breakfast for free. 

Services

The hotel is the ideal place for business travelers since its fully-equipped business center with internet connection, major office conveniences and meeting rooms will provide your event with all the best.

Business center includes Sala degli Specchi room, up to 350 delegates, Sala Chiesa room, up to 400 delegates, Sala due colonne, up to 100 delegates, The Ancient Cloister, up to 200 delegates, The Main Cloister, around 250persons for cocktail, The Garden, up to 1000 delegates. The business center features the following: HD video conferencing equipment and services, telepresence systems and VNOC services, audio visual design and integration, managed conferencing services, audio conferencing services, web conferencing services, IP network, streaming video services, printing.

Leisure

The Beauty Corner of San Domenico is the right choice absolute wellbeing, while visiting massage specialist and enjoying personal beauty treatments such as mineral body mask.

The hotel’s guests are welcome to enjoy relaxing and revitalizing aromatherapy, aurvedic treatments, care and cosmetic applications for the face and body and the harmony and right balance of their body.

Also the free time can be spent at floodlit tennis court, outdoor pool with lifeguard or 24 hour fully-equipped indoor fitness centre.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paid parking
  • Express check-in/-out
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safe deposit box
  • Multilingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Lobby
  • Currency exchange
  • Beauty salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Rooms/Facilities for disabled

Guest Parking

  • Free private hotel parking is possible on site.

Services

  • Paid city shuttle
  • 24-hour room service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Limousine service
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wedding services
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Wake up service

Dining facilities

  • Bed and breakfast
  • In-room breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Poolside snack bar
  • Cafe

Meeting facilities

  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference room
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities

Children's facilities

  • Cribs available
  • Paid babysitting/Child services
  • DVDs/Videos for children

Leisure facilities

  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Spa lounge
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Garden area

Room view

  • Sea view
  • Garden view

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Individual air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Mini-Bar
  • Turndown service
  • Sitting area
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Balcony
  • Rollaway/Extra bed
  • Wardrobe
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Mirror

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Bath/Shower
  • Bidet
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Bathroom telephone

Kitchen facilities

  • Refrigerator

Bedroom

  • Premium bedding
  • Fluffy down duvets

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/Satellite television
  • Direct dial telephone
  • CD player
  • Radio

Policies

Check-In

  • from  12 pm

Check-Out

  • until  12 pm

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 3 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • One child under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • Older children/adults may stay at the price of EUR 80 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • One child may stay at the price of EUR 55 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hotel

hotel San Domenico Palace Hotel - Taormina Taormina location
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Hotel Address:

Piazza San Domenico 5, Taormina, Italy, 98039

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City Center
  • Taormina
    2000 ft
Airports
  • Tito Menniti (REG)
    25.2 mi
  • Fontanarossa (CTA)
    29.1 mi
Restaurants
  • Principe Cerami (cuisine: European)
    100 ft
  • La Cisterna del Moro (cuisine: Italian)
    200 ft
Parks
  • Parco Comunale di Taormina
    2100 ft
  • Public Gardens (Parco Duca di Cesar)
    2100 ft
Beaches
  • Mazzaro
    3000 ft
  • Spiaggia di Mazzeo
    3600 ft
Hotel information
  • Check-In:
    from  12 pm
  • Check-Out:
    until  12 pm
  • Number of rooms:
    105

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Rooms and availability

The hotel comes with 105 elegant guest rooms: 44 rooms in the Ancient Convent wing, including four suites and one junior suite, and 61 rooms in the Grand Hotel wing, including three suites and seven junior suites. Lots of the hotel’s rooms are luxuriously converted monks’ cells off two 100m-long vaulted corridors. The rooms feature breathtaking views over the gardens and down to the sea, night views of Etna, and some have private terraces.

The hotel includes the unique and exclusive Presidential suite, with refined furnishings, red lacquer and old wrought iron, specially imported from the distant Orient for the important guest after whom it is named, mini pool suite, embellished in typical Sicilian style, junior and garden suite, with a private terrace on the sea and a dip in the turquoise of the pool, executive and deluxe rooms, with a private terrace overlooking the sea, classic and superior rooms, with classic furnishings and staff at your disposition 24 hours a day.

San Domenico Palace Classic Room
Classic Room
Bed type: Double Bed or 2 Single beds or Double or Twin beds
Size: 240 sq. feet
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  • Air conditioning
  • Bathtub
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Comfortable room decorated in traditional Sicilian style offers a cozy seating area, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities.

Room facilities
    San Domenico Palace Superior Room Classic Room
    Superior Room
    Bed type: Double Bed or Double or Twin beds or Twin beds
    Size: 240 sq. feet
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    • Air conditioning
    • Private bathroom
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    Comfortable room decorated in traditional Sicilian style offers a cozy seating area, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities. This room features a beautiful sea view.

    Room facilities
      San Domenico Palace Deluxe Room Superior Room
      Deluxe Room
      Bed type: Double or Twin beds or Double Bed or Twin beds
      Size: 280 sq. feet
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      • Free Wi-Fi
      • Air conditioning
      • Private bathroom
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      Spacious room decorated in traditional Sicilian style offers a cozy seating area, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities. This room features a balcony with a beautiful sea view.

      Room facilities
        San Domenico Palace Executive Room Superior RoomSan Domenico Palace Executive Room Deluxe Room
        Executive Room
        Size: 280 sq. feet
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        • Air conditioning
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        Spacious room decorated in traditional Sicilian style offers a Double or Twin beds, a cozy seating area, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities. This room features a furnished terrace with a beautiful sea view.

        Room facilities
          San Domenico Palace Junior Suite Executive Room
          Junior Suite
          Size: 410 sq. feet
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          • Free Wi-Fi
          • Air conditioning
          • Private bathroom
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          Open space bedroom with seating area furnished in the warm colors of the sun, with large and comfortable terrace overlooking the stunning Taormina's Bay. Comfort and relax to make your stay unforgettable. The room offers a Double or Twin beds, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities.

          Room facilities
            San Domenico Palace Suite Garden Wing Sea View Junior SuiteSan Domenico Palace Suite Garden Wing Sea View Junior Suite
            Suite Garden Wing Sea View
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            Open space bedroom with seating area furnished in the warm colors of the sun, with large and comfortable balcony overlooking the beautiful garden. The suite offers a Double or Twin beds, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities.

            San Domenico Palace Suite Grand Hotel Junior SuiteSan Domenico Palace Suite Grand Hotel Junior SuiteSan Domenico Palace Suite Grand Hotel Junior Suite
            Suite Grand Hotel
            Size: 455 sq. feet
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            • Free Wi-Fi
            • Air conditioning
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            Open space bedroom with seating area furnished in the warm colors of the sun, with large and comfortable terrace with a stunning view. The suite offers a Double or Twin beds, separate living room, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities.

            Room facilities
              San Domenico Palace Single Room Sea View Classic Room
              Single Room Sea View
              Bed type: Double Bed or 2 Single beds or Double or Twin beds
              Size: 240 sq. feet
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              • Air conditioning
              • Bathtub
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              Comfortable room decorated in traditional Sicilian style offers a Double or Twin beds, a cozy seating area, work area, mini-bar and private bathroom with all amenities. This room features a sea view.

              Room facilities

                How to reach hotel

                hotel San Domenico Palace Hotel - Taormina Taormina location
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                Hotel Address:

                Piazza San Domenico 5, Taormina, Italy, 98039

                Get directions
                City Center
                • Taormina
                  2000 ft
                Airports
                • Tito Menniti (REG)
                  25.2 mi
                • Fontanarossa (CTA)
                  29.1 mi
                Restaurants
                • Principe Cerami (cuisine: European)
                  100 ft
                • La Cisterna del Moro (cuisine: Italian)
                  200 ft
                Parks
                • Parco Comunale di Taormina
                  2100 ft
                • Public Gardens (Parco Duca di Cesar)
                  2100 ft
                Beaches
                • Mazzaro
                  3000 ft
                • Spiaggia di Mazzeo
                  3600 ft
                Hotel information
                • Check-In:
                  from  12 pm
                • Check-Out:
                  until  12 pm
                • Number of rooms:
                  105

                Hotel Awards

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                According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
                Best Luxury Hotels in Italy

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                San Domenico Palace Location

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                What's nearby

                What's nearby.

                This the most famous monastery-hotel in the world is surrounded with lots of interesting historical and modern sites within walking distance including the Greco-Roman Theatre built by the Greeks and enlarged in the Roman period, Piazza IX Aprile, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view, spanning from Giardini Naxos bay, to Mt. Etna, the medieval clock tower, Corvaja Palace, a splendid example of fifteenth and sixteenth century art, nowadays the Sicilian Museum of Art and Popular Traditions, St. Nicholas Cathedral, with its medieval facade and baroque door; the Roman Odeon built in Imperial Roman times and similar in structure to the Greek Theatre; the "Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano", a XIV century building in Gothic-Sicilian style with Arab elements and the numerous city gates, including Porta di Mezzo and Porta Catania, the oldest two in the city.

                Once travelling by car find some time for visiting the hot spot by yourself that is much better than just observing it on a distance: the active Etna volcano 60km, Catania 54km, Syracuse 120km, Agrigento 216km, Palermo 270km, Cefalù 213km, Erice 382km, Zingaro Riserva 347km.

                Popular areas

                • City Center - 1700 ft

                Places of interest

                • Isola Bella Taormina - 5000 ft

                Shopping areas

                • Corso Umberto - 1400 ft

                Amusement

                Museums

                • Römisches Theater - 3700 ft

                Theaters

                • Greek Amphitheater - 2700 ft

                Local Attractions

                • Lido Europa - 1.7 mi
                  Via Tysandros, Giardini Naxos
                • Lido l'Aurora Celeste - 2.0 mi
                  Viale Strascina, Giardini Naxos
                • Lido Stockholm - 2.7 mi
                  Via Nazionale, Taormina
                • Playa Sole Luna - 1.8 mi
                  Via Lungomare 1, Taormina
                • La Spiaggia Libera di Letojanni - 2.7 mi
                  Via Luigi Rizzo, Letojanni

                Near the hotel

                • Chiesa di San Giuseppe - 900 ft
                  Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina
                • Public Gardens (Parco Duca di Cesar) - 2100 ft
                  Via Bagnoli Croce, Sicily
                • Duomo Santa Catarina - 3000 ft
                  Taormina, SicilyItaly
                • Parco Comunale di Taormina - 2100 ft
                  Via Bagnoli Croce, Taormina
                • Mazzaro - 3000 ft
                  Taormina, SicilyItaly
                • Spiaggia di Mazzeo - 3600 ft
                  Via Alcide De Gasperi 11, Taormina

                Restaurants Nearby

                • Principe Cerami - 100 ft

                  Address: Piazza San Domenico, 5/59

                  74% likes this, based on 56 reviews
                  Cuisine: European

                • La Piazzetta - 300 ft

                  Address: Via Paladini, 5
                  Phone: 0942626317

                  70% likes this, based on 336 reviews
                  Cuisine: Italian
                  Price Range: USD 42 - USD 55

                • Rosso Peperoncino - 400 ft

                  Address: Via Sacramento 2B
                  Phone: 0942 625150

                  80% likes this, based on 303 reviews
                  Cuisine: Italian

                • La Cisterna del Moro - 200 ft

                  Address: Via Bonifacio, 1
                  Phone: 0942 23001

                  64% likes this, based on 110 reviews
                  Cuisine: Italian

                • Ristorante Casa Grugno - 300 ft

                  Address: Via S. Maria dei Greci
                  Phone: +39 0942 21208

                  66% likes this, based on 126 reviews
                  Cuisine: Italian

                Getting there.

                There are major directions to get to the hotel.

                From Catania, Fontana Rossa airport CTA take motorway A18 to Messina towards exit at Taormina, then proceed to Taormina/Castelmola (not Taormina Mare), and at the roundabout (following Lumbi Parking) enter the tunnel and at the exit proceed towards the Hotel Excelsior, proceed into Via Domenico Di Leo, where you will reach your destination.

                From Palermo take motorway A19 to Catania (190km) and once approaching Catania, take the A18 to Messina towards exit at Taormina.

                From Messina (A18) take motorway A18 to Catania towards exit at Taormina.

                Since this is a limited traffic zone, it is possible that there are road checks/blocks by the police or wardens. Advise the warden that you are a guest at the San Domenico.

                Getting around.

                San Domenico offers an unattended car-park. Also shuttle service to and from the lidos and the beaches is available on request.

                Hotel information
                • Check-In:
                  from  12 pm
                • Check-Out:
                  until  12 pm
                • Number of rooms:
                  105

                Hotel Awards

                ItalianHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedTaorminaSan Domenico Palace

                According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
                Best Luxury Hotels in Italy

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                San Domenico Palace Reviews

                Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at San Domenico Palace

                Average guest rating

                8.6out of 10
                Exceptional
                Based on 81 reviews

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                Value
                10.0

                Individual guest reviews

                • Couple
                  9.6

                  A beautiful hotel in an exceptional location. Well worth pushing your budget to experience at least one night here - you won't be disappointed. The staff are very friendly and offered us a free upgrade so that we made the most of our one night stay. I would have loved to have stayed longer.

                  Only positive comments to offer!

                • Older travelers
                  7.8

                  Enchanting building and environment.

                  My booking confirmation specifically stated that we'd get a room with a garden and see view in the old wing. Even though we asked for it we got a room in the new wing with view of the sea and a construction site. Two of the restaurants and the pool area were closed and this was not indicated in the hotel informantion. Restaurant staff not particularly helpful.

                • Older travelers
                  7.0

                  The location of the hotel was the best. Also, the view from our room was spectacular.

                  The hotel need some updating, I.E., carpeting is tired as well as the furniture.

                • Older travelers
                  6.6

                  The view from our room was one of the most beautiful we have had.The breakfast was very good , the decor was very interesting . The pianoist at night was lovely after dinner. This is not really suitable for children. The prices of the beverages are over the top but if money is not a problem then this hotel is a must for you. The main shopping street is only 5 minutes from the hotel and it has everyshop. Woman could want. The shower in our standard double room was not 5 star. It was expensive for us but worth the experience. It had a 6 star ambience and was lovely to work around. I think this is the most beautiful hotel in Taoromina and we will possibly return , we met a couple who had returned 5 times so this says something. I do not think you will be disappointed although you will be a few Euro less,

                  The shower in our superior double was not 5 star the drink prices are high 16 euro for a double gin , the bathroom was a smelly but we were wrong in not complaining , we may have been moved. There is not a lift but there was only one floor so unless you are disabled not a problem.

                • Older travelers
                  6.6

                  Historic place. Central location. View.

                  Prices for amenities out of consideration. Seems out of time,specificaly swiming pool. .

                • Older travelers
                  8.8

                  Excellent breakfast included. Historic feel of the buildings - excellent ambience. Helpful staff.

                  A "superior" double room was quite small

                • Older travelers
                  9.6

                  Centrally located within Taormina, a short walk onto the main street.

                • Family with children
                  7.0

                  Good location, spacious rooms, charming

                  Staff very haughty, can't eliminate sewerage smell, rooms can be dark

                • Family with children
                  8.2

                  Gorgeous historical hotel with amazing views, convenient location and highly professional staff. Gardens are the most beautiful in the city and a visit through the grounds is a destination in itsellf. Beautiful restaurants and bars.

                  No sound proofing, we could hear our neighbors and restaurant sounds in the morning. Surprisingly stingy in providing Internet services to guests, charges even in common areas unlike any of the other luxury properties we stayed in during our trip in Sicily.

                How to reach hotel

                hotel San Domenico Palace Hotel - Taormina Taormina location
                Show big map »

                Hotel Address:

                Piazza San Domenico 5, Taormina, Italy, 98039

                Get directions
                City Center
                • Taormina
                  2000 ft
                Airports
                • Tito Menniti (REG)
                  25.2 mi
                • Fontanarossa (CTA)
                  29.1 mi
                Restaurants
                • Principe Cerami (cuisine: European)
                  100 ft
                • La Cisterna del Moro (cuisine: Italian)
                  200 ft
                Parks
                • Parco Comunale di Taormina
                  2100 ft
                • Public Gardens (Parco Duca di Cesar)
                  2100 ft
                Beaches
                • Mazzaro
                  3000 ft
                • Spiaggia di Mazzeo
                  3600 ft
                Hotel information
                • Check-In:
                  from  12 pm
                • Check-Out:
                  until  12 pm
                • Number of rooms:
                  105

                Hotel Awards

                ItalianHOTEL AWARDSRecommendedTaorminaSan Domenico Palace

                According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as
                Best Luxury Hotels in Italy

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