Monte Tauro Castle

Taormina, Italy

Built by the Arabs about 400 meters high on the rock of Monte Tauro, the Castello Saraceno allowed to dominate on Taormina and its beautiful bay, and control the valley of the river Alcantara. The area of Monte Tauro coincided, in greek-Roman times, with the seat of the ancient acropolis less Taormina, Tauromenium. Castelmola represents the upper. It is likely that Muslims have used the fortress to defend themselves from the siege of the Normans of 1079. On that occasion the Count Roger, building a series of wooden towers all around the fortress, isolated himself in fact Muslims barricaded there, cutting them every type of supply. The only months hard resistance. Saraceno Castle of Taormina was during the reign of Frederick II, delivered to a noble castle. Today it is possible to appreciate the external walls of the building. Internal ones, however, were destroyed.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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George Kouchakji (2 months ago)
Amazing view, friendly staff and we even had a bottle of champagne! Slightly over priced and in need of some moderation but great location and very close to town centre!
C Montoro (3 months ago)
The view is truly amazing ! The service provided by the staff is excellent, very professional & kind. However, the quality of the building & the service of the room is not up to a 4* hotel in my opinion. The conditions of the balcony & the bathroom definitely need maintenance ( deshilachadas...) . The room clean but was lacking of all the amenities you could find in most hotels (from a single pen, note pad, water, sleepers, a working fridge, Water kettle...), it might be due to COVID but still not as I was expecting it. The walls are so thin we could hear everything that was going on in the room next to us & in the corridor. The only elevator is not enough to serve all the rooms. Also to reach the hotel there is a steep hill you must do, my mum was really struggling with it. Unfortunately not my favorite hotel as after 2 weeks traveling around in Sicilia.
Tara C (3 months ago)
Great hotel. Large sized rooms. Sea facing rooms have amazing views. Pool a great size and nice and quiet.
Lydia Jaffar (4 months ago)
The location is not a car friendly hotel, because they don't have private parking. The closest private parking nearby has very limited closing hours (California Parking), so it is not convenient if you are planning to come back late. The other closest parking is Porta Catania which is about 15 minutes walk from the hotel. The walk from the parking to the hotel is nice, but not when you are tired after one whole day of sightseeing. The hotel itself is nice however, we think that it needs some refurbishment. If you are looking for a privacy, this is not the best one as the balcony between one room to the other is only seperated with plants. So you can see and listen to your neighbour. Having worked in a hospitality industry, I think the hotel have a lot of room for improvements for the customer service and hospitality. We are grateful that our room request was heard and they gave us a bottle of spumante as a honeymoon special (it would have been nice if they let us know that it was there for that reason) Having that said, the view from this hotel is spectacular. You can enjoy it from the room as all the rooms are sea view.
Nicole Hon (12 months ago)
Although there was some miscommunication with the staff on my first day. I didn’t have the round balcony and not a bathtub but a small shower room in my room. I still enjoyed my stay in this hotel. The sea view is very good, and I also could see the Etna mountain when it was sunny. All the other staffs are very sweet! Thank you for the sparkling wines for my birthday! I really love them! To me, it’s much much better than a birthday cake! I think maybe the staff who called Mario noticed that I wanted to order a bottle of sparkling wine, and I made a mistake to order some Italia sweets and I only ate a little. Thank you, Mario. When I’m leaving, after check out my room, the madam who worked on the reception, she is very nice and helpful. She helped me to book a taxi to the bus stop, and cleaned the table on the terrace, so I could have a rest and wait for my taxi with the amazing view. And she even helped me to take some pictures and videos! How nice they are! I think I really made a good decision to celebrate my birthday in Taormina and stayed in this hotel!
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