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Stylish villa with private garden in town centre, view on Greek theatre and sea

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 7
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 7 bedroom holiday villa in Taormina - Villa Giuseppina "Gemmellaro"

The charming house sleeps 6 to12 people, suitable for couples, friends, families

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

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  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Alexandra Vivet Gaglio Gemmellaro
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2016
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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 & Surroundings

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.


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Stylish villa with private garden in town centre, view on Greek theatre and sea
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Taormina Villa

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place, all aspects of the villa are thrilling to the senses. The visual beauty, the scent of the honeysuckle, the finishes ,the garden, the bird songs made for a magical experience. There are 50 steps but not a bad thing it is a natural way to get exercise and very easy to navigate with proper lighting. The home sits up in the hill so it is very very secure and stays cool day and night. It is the best of being close to the activity of town and having complete privacy. Everything you could want is close at hand a food market, a patisserie,restaurants, shopping ,local cafe & bars.The beach is 30 minutes away by the funicular . You can see the sea from the terrace.

I would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa in Taormina, Sicily

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful villa with gorgeous views. We were very happy and comfortable here for our 5 day stay. Just be warned that it is quite a climb from the street up to the villa. We were shocked when we first arrived but quickly got used to it. The hosts are wonderful people, very attentive and concerned with our enjoyment of their villa and the town of Taormina. All in all our stay was fantastic and Taormina is a beautiful and romantic place.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friendly Atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful historic villa with a astonishing view on Sicilian highlight :Taormina. Loved the atmosphere.

Friendly owners with great hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ravissante villa sur les hauteurs de Taormina

  • 4 of 5

Ravissante villa, très bien située dans Taormina. Idéale pour famille, baignades à la plage et visites.

Ville animée, théâtre ancien superbe et représentations estivales à ne pas rater, mer chaude et météo très très agréable.

Les enfants ont adorés et nous nous sommes vraiment reposés.

Prévoir de marcher, de ne pas pouvoir garer sa voiture tout près et d'aimer les escaliers!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Friendly atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

The villa is a supurb location to explore Taormina and its surroundings. Based on top of this historical city the villa has an astonishing view with Taormina "lying at your feet". Taormina is a lovely place where history-adepts, gourmets and shoppers can have a good time.

The 19 th century villa has a very friendly atmosphere. We stayed in May with our family and had a good time.


  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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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 http://www.gotaormina.com/it/come_arrivare/autobus.html).

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Taormina, Messina province

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
mezza stagione 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £27 per night, per additional guest
Mezza stagione 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
alta stagione 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
mezza stagione 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £27 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

riscaldamento a sett. £107
pulizia a sett. £133
Refundable Damage Deposit £890

Richiesto supplemento per il riscaldamento in base alla stagione, Deposito cauzionale di €1000 (per un affitto settimanale) una settimana prima dell'arrivo.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Taormina in Messina province

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Coin Cabine
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    - Outdoor Shower
    - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    - 1 Single Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
    - 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Terrace
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • Disco club
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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