Hotel Villa Sonia

Via Porta Mola 9, Castelmola, 98030, Italy

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Relaxing and Swimming at Castelmola

by peterdhduncan

Hotel Villa Sonia is in a a superb position with magnificent views over the Sicilian countryside to Mount Etna.

We discovered it's terrace 'by accident' when we missed the lunch-time bus down to Taormina, and noticed the entrance to it by the road junction at which the bus waits. We then found out that for 8 euros each we would be provided with a mattress for a sunbed and a large towel, be served with drinks at the sunbed and allowed to use the swimmming pool. We enjoyed it so much that we subsequently spent a full day there and had lunch at one of the tables by the pool.

It is definitely a place at which we would consider staying if we were to return to Sicily.


by peterdhduncan

Castelmola is an attractive village with its narrow alleyways and squares. It is perched way above Taormina, which is itself way above Giardini Naxos and the coast, and it was one place where we were able to escape from the incessant traffic of Sicily.

A further climb upwards from the main square of the village brought us to the remains of its castle, which affords magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and along the coast.

One highlight of our stay in Sicily was the time we spent relaxing on the terrace of the Hotel Villa Sonia.


On the Terrace of the Hotel Villa SoniaOn the Terrace of the Hotel Villa Sonia

An Attractive SquareAn Attractive Square

View from the CastleView from the Castle

The CastleThe Castle

Forum Posts

The best view to Etna

by Natalya2006

We'll stay in Cefalu 1 week in October and plan to rent a car to explore Sicilia - one day trips form Cefalu.
We plan to go to Siracusa - I saw that it's 230 km. My question is: is it possible on our way to Siracusa drive into some place to see Etna (not climb only see). From what site (city?) there is a good view to Etna? Perhaps parking place with view point?
Thanks in advance.

Re: The best view to Etna

by joaquik

Etna is a huge mountain . You can see it in many places as long as you are in the East Cost of Sicily. There are spectacular views. Taormina's are my favorites but you can choose to leave the highway, between Messina and Siracusa in any place,and enjoy the views.

Re: The best view to Etna

by Natalya2006

Thanks a lot for your reply! I look forward to see Sicilia!

Re: The best view to Etna

by peterdhduncan

Or even better, go on up to Castelmola and have a drink or a meal on the terrace of the Hotel Villa Sonia (, or for 8 euros you can use their swimming pool and be supplied with a mattress for a sunbed and a large fluffy towel!


Travel Tips for Castelmola

Castel Mola

by anne77

"Castel Mola"

Castel Mola is located 5 km away from Taormina. It is a small village, quieter than Taormina, but it is also worth a visit.

The road to Castel Mola can be dangerous as it is very narrow and there are lots of curves...

Castelmola: a better view



This by necissity is going to be a short page: Castelmola is not very big. Actually, Castelmola is tiny. However, it is also beautiful and easily accessible from incredibly popular (and in my humble opinion incredibly overrated) Taormina.

Mola usually just gets footnoted as an 'off the beaten path' from Mina, but I decided it deserved its own page. It's worth a couple of hours on a busy schedule, or a relaxing afternoon/evening if you're in Taormina longer.

Above is a picture of Mount Etna right after sunset from the Castelmola Duomo. It's taken during those precious few moments in between night and day. Hey, I'm no expert photographer, but even this dark smudgy thing is evocative of the general atmosphere from up there.

What you're looking at is Etna behind clouds on the middle right. The Med and Sicilian coastline heading south towards Catania is on the left. Actualy most of the little white dots are lights from houses and roads.

Sorry I don't have any other photos. My camera was broken that day. Somebody should go take some and post them!!!


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