Hotel Villa Carlotta

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Via Pirandello, 81, (formerly Villa Fabbiano), Taormina, 98039, Italy

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  • Superb boutique hotel


    This wonderful little jewel, located less than 10 minutes walk from Corso Umberto, is the best example of what a hotel should be! Marvelous decor, bar/restaurant located on the top floor with stunning views of the bay, and excuisite service.

    Unique Quality: Very very romantic :-)

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A Gem!

by A TripAdvisor Member

My husband & I stayed at the Fabbiano in September for 2 Nights. This wonderful boutique hotel away from the hustle and bustle of the center is a rare find. The room was large with a terrace overolooking the Ionian sea.
Staff was very attentive and caring, especially Daniel and Nicole. The walk to all attractions and to restaurants is an easy 5-10 min walk. The roof top restaurant where breakfast is served is a romantic beautiful spot with great views of the sea below. And, the breakfast is wonderful!!
Make reservations early; this is a small boutique hotel and rooms fill up quickly.
Highly recommend this hotel

Lovely but we understand others' comments about management

by A TripAdvisor Member

My husband and I stayed at the Villa Fabbiano in September 2005 and we throughly enjoyed our stay. Our room was very attractive and not at all small or narrow. We had a wonderfully spacious terrace with views over the sea and down to the pool. We really found it to be a haven from the rest of Taormina which can get very busy. The breakfast was excellent and is served on the roof top terrace with spectacular views to Etna at one side and the sea on the other. The only down side was the what we assume was the owner and his wife who could be brusque and a bit unfriendly at times to non german speaking guests. The rest of the staff were very friendly, polite and helpful.Unfortunately, we were left with rather a bad feeling about the place after they gave us wrong information about our transport to the airport and when we asked to make a couple of calls to sort out the problem we were asked by the owner's wife to pay for the calls! That was a disappointing end to an otherwise excellent stay.

lovely small hotel

by TripAdvisor Member pandm4

Hotel Villa Fabbiano was the perfect place to come to after spending time visiting taormina. The staff was friendly, helpful and very professional. We loved going up to breakfast on the rooftop terrace and lingered over our coffee, enoying the beautiful views of the sea and Mt. Etna. We would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Sicily!

We enjoyed or stay

by TripAdvisor Member KenODanbury_CT

My wife and I spent 4 days at Villa Fabbiano last month. Our room (garden view) was small with a very small shower, but very clean and nicely appointed. We thought the hotel was very well located. It is in a relatively tranquil part of town, but close enough to walk anywhere, and the gondola to the beach is nearby. The rooftop breakfast was very good, with scenic views. The pool area is small but quite pleasant. Our stay was enhanced considerably by Daniel at the front desk. He was genuinely friendly, very professional and provided excellent service to us during our stay. I do have to say that the owners were not as cordial and helpful, but this would not deter us from returning. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Taormina, and look forward to returning.

Fantastic, Fabulous.thats Fabbiano!!!

by TripAdvisor Member G&JV

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Fabbiano for two glorious weeks. It was our first trip to Sicily, but I can tell you it will certainly not be our last!! This is a beautiful Island and the Fabbiano is a beautiful hotel to relax and enjoy your experience of Sicily.

The hotel is small, clean and friendly. The owners and staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome. We couldn't have received better service if we movie stars! This is what personal high quality service is all about and assuming the owners don't change their ways, this hotel will continue to hold its excellent reputation for many years to come. The rooms are beautifully and tastefully decorated and the breakfast terrace has views to take your breath away.

Situated just 10 mins from the main streets of Taormina it is ideally located for the wide choice of excellent restaurants. You won't run out of choice for variety of eateries in this town. Be prepared to put on weight!!!

If your planning a holiday in Sicily, you should seriously consider the Fabbiano Hotel in Taormina...Great! Jan & Greg Vivash


by ucbwalker


Except for its bummer of a curfew, the HI hostel in Menaggio on Lake Como has it all: comfortable rooms, an untouchable setting, low prices and irresistible food. If you're ever in Northern Italy, I highly recommend that you drop by. Here are some photos from the two days that I spent in Menaggio in the summer of 2001.

Nothing beats a morning stroll by the lake.

Villa Carlotta, about 7km down the lake from Menaggio.

Riding a tiny funivia into the hills, crammed behind my mountain bike.

The long and winding road back to the bottom. [Please don't mock the helmet hair. ;)]

Don't forget that we're right by the Swiss border.

Sicily, July 2009


"Memories of Sicily, 2009"

Went with wife to Sicily in 2009. Stayed for four nights in the Southeastern part, near Modica, and stayed for five nights in the Northeastern part of the island in Taormina.

First impression upon arrival in airport in Catania was that Sicily might not be such a nice place - I think there was a junkyard near the highway and there was traffic and it stunk bad.

But that all changed within a couple of hours when we arrived at the Torre Marabino resort! We dined in the hotel's dining room the night of our arrival and sampled some of the resort's wine from its own winery. For a couple that comes from France and California, we were pleasantly surprised by the great quality of Sicily's wines. One night we drove to Ragusa and dined in the main square in front of a beautiful baroque period cathedral while being entertained by some classical musicians. Another night we drove high up into the hills of Modica (past another beautiful cathedral) and dined at a Michelin star restaurant called "La Gazza Ladra," which was very very good (the best dinner we had in Sicily).

The Torre Marabino is nicely situated not far from Modica, Syracusa, and Ragusa - which made it convenient. It is not walking distance to anything, as it is out in the country - but that is also part of its charm. Very nice pool, which is needed for summer in Sicily. We rented a mini cooper which was perfect in Sicily where the town roads are often narrow.

In Taormina, our room at the Villa Carlotta was super (we had a junior suite)! A highlight of Taormina was that we saw Jethro Tull perform in the ancient roman amphitheatre which is right off the main street in Taormina. We did not plan for this in advance but when we arrived we saw banners advertising the show and lucked out and got tickets. It brought back memories for us of our honeymoon in Greece when we lucked out and saw Jean Michel Jarre perform at the Acropolis in June, 2000. Totally different artists, but similar venues.

Overall the trip was fantastic. Modica and Ragusa regions of Sicily really gives you the feeling of getting away.

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Como info

by beerchick

Does anyone know what the closest airport is to Como? I will be taking a day trip from Lugano (possibly staying overnight) before I head back to the states.
Any info appreciated! Many thanks!

RE: Como info

by EllenH

Malpensa in Milan is the closest. 30 miles or KM, can't remember which.

RE: RE: Como info

by call_me_rhia

mind you - lugano airport is the nearest to como. No mail airline flies there though, but have a look around: you might find a package via geneva or zürich.

Otherwise head for Milano (Malpensa)

RE: RE: Como info

by call_me_rhia

mail=main (sorry)

RE: Como info

by nicolaitan

the problem with driving como to malpensa is that you have to drive all the way south to the milan region, turn west, and then go back north to the airport. It is about the longest 30 miles i ever drove. And if you are flying alitalia coach, dont be late. That said, you will love lugano and como, as well as everything in between. If you are driving, try taking the road east from Lugano to Menaggio, and then driving south along the west shore of the lake. Stop at Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo if you have the time. A fabulous trip.

RE: Como info

by johnmi

No day trip to Milan?


RE: RE: Como info

by beerchick

Gee, hadn't thought of that. How far is Milan from Lugano & is there an
airport in Milan? If we went for only a day, what are the "don't miss"
sights? Thanks! :)

help for lake como

by mattdoc

I want to take my wife to the lake como area for 3-4 days in early May/Late April. What town would be a good base in which to explore the region and scenery? What are some must sees?

RE: help for lake como

by Billy16

Have a look at my Varenna page, I cannot recommend the village high enough.

RE: RE: help for lake como

by nicolaitan

Como at the south end is the largest city with train service to Milan and bus service to Malpensa. It has frequent ferry service all over the lake but is not the prettiest city. Bellagio and Varenna - as above - are very very nice, with Bellagio having perhaps better ferry service of the two. On the west side of the lake, Villa Carlotta is spectacular - see pages of Aurorae. On the Bellagio region there are several great villas including Serbelloni and Melfi also worth visiting. Will you be driving or depending on ferry service?

RE: RE: help for lake como

by mattdoc

ferry or car? Not sure.. what is rccommended?

RE: help for lake como

by Billy16

We can better advise you if we know which airport you are flying to and what your arrival and departure times are. The one big advantage Varenna has is that it has its own train station direct from Milan taking just an hour (6 euros one way). The ferry from Varenna to Belaggio takes approx 20 mins and are about 3 an hour.

RE: RE: help for lake como

by mattdoc

Wow, Varenna looks great! We had planned to spend a couple of days on Bologna (never been there b4) and then make our way North. So Varenna would be a good base to explore the region? How many days are needed in the Lake Como area to see the main sights? Are all of these sights reachable from Varenna or would a different base of operations be better?

RE: RE: help for lake como

by Billy16

Being situated in the centre of the lake,Varenna is the perfect base for exploring all the treasures it holds. As to how long to give your trip? 3 or 4 days at least. We return for our fourth visit in August and there is still plenty remains to be seen.


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 Hotel Villa Carlotta

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Carlotta Hotel Taormina

Address: Via Pirandello, 81, (formerly Villa Fabbiano), Taormina, 98039, Italy