Instagrams from Taormina, Sicily: Fusion Gastro, June 2012
Destination Info The bustling resort town of Taormina perched high on Monte Tauro boasts Mount Etna as its backdrop and an ancient Greek theatre as part of the scenery. There is also a welcoming pedestrianised main street with intimate piazzas, tempting boutiques, jewellery and antique shops, as well as street cafés and a multitude of excellent restaurants.
Reminiscent of Capri or an Amalfi coastal resort, Taormina has some of Sicily’s best beaches, including the Lido Mazzarò—a favorite of Hollywood stars in the forties and fifties and still a hot spot today—and nearby Giardini-Naxos, where the beautiful Ionian waterfront is dotted with resort hotels and chic restaurants.
Over the centuries, Taormina has seduced an exhaustive line of writers and artists, aristocrats and royalty, and along with its many international influences there is one thing that has always remained steadfast – Sicily is home to some of the most gastronomic pleasures on earth!
Welcome drinks and dining on the terrace of the Hotel Imperiale Hotel with sensational views over Taormina
Hands on cooking class to explore local fresh produce and learn some Sicilian secrets
Exclusive 4x4 trip to Mount Etna followed by wine tasting and lunch at Gambino, one of Sicily’s finest wine estates
Specially designed tasting menu with wine pairing at La Capinera Restaurant
Evening dining in a variety of Sicily’s most revered restaurants
Leisure options include olive oil tasting, day trips to Catania, Siracusa or Ragusa or to one of Sicily’s many vibrant food markets
Hotel Imperiale 5 Star
Medieval charm meets modern luxury at this boutique Taormina Hotel
Recently restored to its original splendour in the heart of Taormina with panoramic views of the Naxos Bay and Mount Etna, among twisting medieval streets and a second-century Greek theatre, the Hotel Imperiale blends elegant contemporary style with a rich tradition of Sicilian hospitality.
Hotel Imperiale offers 63 rooms, comprising 14 suites, all elegantly decorated in a contemporary style with a backdrop of Sicilian tradition and rosewood furnishings. All bathrooms feature lava stone and Sicilian mosaic whilst the spacious Terrace and Pool Suites feature a private terrace or garden with an external jacuzzi built of volcanic stone.
Other facilities include a roof garden, lobby lounge, panoramic pool with pool bar, Spa with 5 treatment rooms, and fitness centre.
What is included?
5 nights bed and breakfast at Hotel Imperiale
Return airport transfers from Catania Airport in deluxe passenger carrier or private car
Night 1 - Welcome drinks reception and dining at Hotel Imperiale Rooftop Terrace
Day 2 – Private escorted orientation tour in Taormina inclduing entrance into the Greek Theatre, followed by lunch at La Tavernetta, including wine
Night 2 - Cable Car ride and dining at Il Delfino Restaurant, including wine
Day 3 – Exclusive 4x4 Landrover experience to Mount Etna followed by wine tasting at Gambino Wine Estate and lunch at Agriturismo Restaurant
Day 4 - Cooking morning at Il Melograna, a unique cooking school specialising in Apulian cusine including lunch
Night 4 - Dinner at Capinera Restaurant with wine pairing
Night 5 – Farewell dinner at Vicolo Stretto, including wine
Professional Fusion Host available at your service for the duration of your stay
A video of our latest Gastro extravaganza to the town of Taormina, Sicily. Perched high on Monte Tauro, this idyllic village and favourite holiday hotspot to Hollywood stars and celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, DH Lawrence,Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Woody Allen, boasts panoramic views of Mount Etna and the ancient Teatro Greco. Home to some of Sicily’s best beaches, including the Lido Mazzarò—a favourite of Hollywood celebrities in the 40s and 50s - and nearby Giardini-Naxos, where the beautiful Ionian waterfront is dotted with resort hotels and chic restaurants. You’ll be staying in the 5 star Hotel Imperiale, a perfect blend of elegant contemporary style and a rich tradition of Sicilian hospitality with panoramic pool and volcanic stone jacuzzi set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Etna. Enjoy dining and wine pairing in Sicily’s most revered restaurants as well as exploring local produce and learning the secrets to Sicilian cuisine in your very own cookery classes. Take a private 4X4 jeep trip to Mount Etna for wine tasting at the renowned Gambino Estate and choose between an exciting range of day trips to one of Sicily’s many vibrant food markets.