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Stylish villa private garden town centre view theatre sea solarium terraces

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

The charming house is ideal for 8 people (5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms)

The villa occupies a secluded yet elevated position, 3 minutes away from the town centre, with stunning views over the old roofs of Taormina, its ancient Graeco-Roman theatre, and the surrounding Ionian Sea.

The house, both because of its thick walls and its being surrounded by greenery, is cool and breezy.

The 19th-century house is still owned by the family who built it, now spread between Sicily, France, UK and Portugal.

The villa is amidst a private 3000m² luxurious Mediterranean garden featuring bougainvillaea, lemon trees, almond trees, three large terraces and an old well. This means there is a cool temperature all year around.

From the main road, you reach it by climbing the stepped path through the garden, lined with jasmine and lemon and jacaranda trees.

- Top level: 1 living room, 1 dining room, 2 master bedrooms (one of which is en suite), another smaller double bedroom (in refurbishment), 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 2 terraces (one on the rear with barbecue and one on the front with sea view).

- Lower level: large terrace surrounding an old well with sea view.

Up to 6 extra beds in 4 small bedrooms+ bathroom are available upon request only. Suitable for older children and teens as well as for a nanny/babysitter.


children welcome

pets not allowed

wheelchair inaccessible

parking in Parcheggio Lumbi car park

NOVELTY: Solarium with shower and sunbeds with stunning view on Greec theatre and Ionian sea

More Details

Alexandra Vivet Gaglio Gemmellaro
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 7, 2018

About Alexandra Vivet Gaglio Gemmellaro

The house was built in 1892 by the vulcanologist Gaetano Giorgio Gemmellaro who would host illustrious travellers. The family still goes there on holiday with their children or with a party of friends from around the world.

Why Alexandra Vivet Gaglio Gemmellaro chose Taormina

Guests of the family have always been enchanted by the house's beauty and ideal location. They are especially struck by the beautiful sea, the peace of the garden, the vibrant life of the town with its bars and restaurants, the concerts and events at the Greek theatre, the film festival and the house's proximity to numerous tourist and cultural destinations.


Taormina Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Check in: dalle 12.00 alle 17.00
  • Cauzione danni €2000
  • Stiamo molto attenti a come è stata tenuta la casa
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Coin Cabine
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    - outdoor shower
    - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    - 1 twin/ single
    - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • The house offers 4 extra beds upon request only as only suitable for children with a baby sutter and teens.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • disco club
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Stylish villa private garden town centre view theatre sea solarium terraces
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely property conveniently located in a quiet place of Taormina, close to the city centre. The view on the bay is superbe and the house very stylish. The garden is wonderful and designed in such a way that one can always find a sunny or shadowy spot at any time of the day. The property owners put a lot of effort to make one’s stay as nice as possible and will leave you all the instructions you need. The gardeners and cleaning lady are extremely nice and helpful. Perfect for a family with young kids - they didn’t want to leave and would love to return next year. By far the best choice we could find in Taormina.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Mr. Camus ! Kind regards, Alexandra
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Boulder, Colorado

Historic Villa with Beautiful Views

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted at the Villa by our Gracious Hosts, Donatella and Jean Francois. They gave us a tour of the home and helpful information to ensure enjoyment during our stay. This property is in a perfect location for exploring Taormina and the surrounding area. The terraces are relaxing and peaceful. I loved taking my morning coffee on the upper terrace and watching the sunrise over the Ancient Greek Theater, "Teatro Greco" as the Sea sparkled beyond. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent 1 week in the beautiful villa. The owners were very helpful and made our stay smooth. I highly recommend this spectacular house

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A memorable week

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 7 adults enjoyed a wonderful week in this beautiful and historic villa. The views of the city and the sea are truly special. As advertised, the many steps from the street can be a challenge (especially after a late night out!), but they weave through a beautiful and unique garden. The 3 upper level bedrooms and the lower level bedrooms allowed for just the right amount of privacy, though we often gathered on the terrace or in the dining room. We also enjoyed spectacular weather in September - the windows and doors were usually kept open for the refreshing cross-breezes (though keep in mind there are no screens, so you have to live with a few insects).

The owners were gracious and helpful, happy to relay the history of the property and provide recommendations about Taormina. (Ask about a very fun group cooking class at a nearby hotel restaurant.) They kindly offered access to their large herb garden, and we took full advantage of this when preparing some dinners at the house. We would certainly recommend this property for a group visiting Taormina.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr Villano, Many thanks for these great compliments. We are very happy yuo enjoyed your stay. So how was the cooking class? Kind regards, Alexandra
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Che bellezza!

  • 5 of 5

We had a glorious time at this villa nestled in the hill of Taormina. The huge terrace has amazing views of the sea, the Greek amphitheater and the town below. It's central location is convenient, 5 minutes to town center and 10 minutes to the funicular for the beach. The house provides wonderful ambience of the authentic Italian experience. Our hosts took great care to make sure of our comfort and were always available to help with questions about Taormina. I miss it already!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this great comment! We are happy you enjoyed our advice and Villa. You're welcome any time ! Kind regards Alexandra
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Illinois, USA

Is there a better villa in Taromina? Doubtful.

  • 5 of 5

Villa Giuseppina was the perfect venue for our week in Taormina. This distinguished Sicilian home surrounds its guests with authentic, local deep family history in a town that itself is surrounded by and built upon all our shared human past. It was such an honor and pleasure to relax in this classic, personally appointed home, as if we were the owners' invited guests and not paying tenants.

Among Villa Giuseppina's highlights are its luxurious size, ample amenities, extraordinary location, exquisite terraces, luxuriant garden and delightful hosts. The kitchen, bedrooms, baths, living and dining rooms are equipped for easy living. We wanted for nothing. The Villa sits high against the hill topped by the Saracen Castle, the path to which begins a few meters up the road. From both its upper and lower terraces, one enjoys fetching views of the sea and town, including a glimpse of the Greek Theater. Its position relative to town provides easy access to the Parcheggio Lumbi shuttle, the covered market to the north, the supermarket to the south and numerous grocery shops (e.g., Etna) in between.

The Villa's sea-facing terraces, draped in ancient bougainvilleas, are splendid for taking long meals and passing late nights. The large central dining room upstairs provides an elegant alternative in heat or (for us) rain.

The Villa is accessed via a fancifully stone-tiled switchback path of long (~4m) steps, easy for the octogenarian in our party, its extravagant plantings presenting the visitor with a fresh spectrum of fragrances at each turn - jasmine, rosemary, citrus. Ascending to the Villa through this staged olfactory massage never failed to pluck us from the town's tourist crush and gracefully nestle us back into our peaceful hillside oasis.

Finally, considerable gratitude is due our hosts, warm and welcoming people who generously oriented us on our arrival and assisted above and beyond their remit in our departure.

We don't think we would ever return to Taormina if we couldn't again stay at Villa Giuseppina.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Bars, pubs, ice creams
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Picciolo Golf Club
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
CT-ME (Catania-Messina)
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
tanti distanti a piedi
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Mount Etna
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Mazzaro, Isolabella and Spisone
Car: not necessary

Access: 45 minutes away from the airport by car/taxi and on regular bus transfer service operating all year round (check timetables on

Sightseeing & excursions: 1h from Syracuse, 45mn from Mount Etna, 40mn from the cascades and gorges of Gole dell'Alcantara, 40mn from Catania, 1h30 from the Unesco mosaics of the Roman Villa, 35mn from the Golf course, 1h from the Eolian Islands.

Shopping and night life: Taormina offers a large selection of shops and boutiques (including many antiques), restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and night clubs.

Cultural events: from June to September there are many cultural events organised by Taormina Arte in the Greco-Roman theatre, the Conference Center and the Botanical Garden: Taormina film festival (June), theatre, opera, classic and pop concerts ( July and August).

The sea and its beaches are accessible by car (20mn), by funicular (very handy), local bus (the bus stop is a couple metres away from the house) or by a lovely scenic footpath (30mn walk).

Sports activities: Scubadiving and snorkeling at Isolabella, Tennis in the town centre (10mn on foot), Quarus Gym Club, Windsurfing at Mazzaro, water bikes and water skiing at Mazzaro and IsolaBella, Paragliding on Mount Etna or Taormina/Spisone, Golf ont Mount Etna, bodyrafting at the Alcantara gorges.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,177.86
riscaldamento a sett. $176.68
servizio bagagli $58.89
pulizia a sett. $353.36
Stay tax $1.18 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Richiesto supplemento per il riscaldamento in base alla stagione, Deposito cauzionale di €2000 (per un affitto settimanale) una settimana prima dell'arrivo.
100% alla prenotazione
Proprietario o persona di fiducia presente in loco.
Arrivo non dopo le 5 del pomerigio / check out non dopo le 12

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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