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Villa Schuler

Taormina, Messina

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Coffee house & Restaurant
Overnight stay
Pet not allowed
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Villa Schuler is surrounded by a prestigious exotic park of over 1400 square meters right in the historic center of Taormina. The sea front Palm Terrace offers a majestic view of the Gulf of Naxos, the whole Ionian coast to the south and Mount Etna. In the spacious gardens you will discover a precious botanical treasure with around 300 species of indigenous Mediterranean flora and subtropical and tropical rarities cared for by the passionate gardener Francesca.

The exuberant terraced park still retains the original layout designed in 1902 by the traveller and protagonist of the Grand Tour Eugen Schuler Sr. and is characterized by romantic paths, flower beds, colonnades, shady pergolas, gazebos, a pond with goldfish and water turtles, a nursery, a medicinal garden, benches and relaxing corners. The garden includes different varieties of palms, citrus trees, cypresses, kenzie, yuccas, oleanders, bamboos, plumerias, jasmines, roses, strelizias, agapanthus, russelias, succulents and cacti, banana, kiwi, mango and many other exotic essences. Even then, the park was dominated by a monumental pinus pinea, which today, at 20 meters tall, is probably the longest-lived tree in Taormina.

The Villa Schuler Gardens represent the largest private green area in the historic center of Taormina and what makes them so special is the dense intertwining of Mediterranean flora and exotic plants. The approach is that of an organic garden with full respect for nature. Many plants in Villa Schuler ornamental garden are marked with signs indicating their genus and species according to the binomial nomenclature system.

Villa Schuler is the oldest owner run hotel in Sicily and offers also the possibility of organizing small exclusive meetings and receptions.

How to get there

By plane
The nearest airport is Catania (CTA) 37 miles.
From Catania airport the bus operator “Etna Trasporti” connects nearly each hour to Taorminas' bus terminal (70 minutes drive) between 7 a.m. and 9.45 pm. On request we can arrange a 50 minutes taxi-transfer to our hotel.

By train
All major trains from northern Italy, starting in Milan or Rome with destination Syracuse or Agrigento, stop at TAORMINA-GIARDINI. From here you will find taxis to the town centre and directly to our hotel (2,5 miles).

By Car
Coming from motorway A 18, Catania-Messina, exit at TAORMINA. After having paid the toll follow the sign “Taormina” uphill for about 2 km/1,25 miles. At the multi-storey parking “Lumbi” cross the roundabout and enter the tunnel “Monte Tauro/Porta Catania” (1.093 meters/3.586 ft). Exiting at Taormina's south end, drive uphill around the multi-storey parking “Porta Catania” and at the roundabout straight on, a short piece steeply uphill, till you reach a little square, Piazza Sant'Antonio. In front of you stands the medieval city-portal “Porta Catania” and, before it, the post-office to its right. Just before the post-office you find white hotel signs. Follow them taking the narrow one-way road downhill to the right from the post office and follow it for about 1/4 mile till the road opens on to a kind of place lined with trees. Continue downhill to the right entering the one-way “Via Roma” (again white hotel signs). From there it's just another 1/4 mile on the panoramic “Via Roma” till you find the Hotel Villa Schuler on the left side. In front of the hotel there is our private parking (yellow lines on your left). If you have booked a garage place we will park the car for you, as soon as you have checked in.
Opening hours
Every day from 9:00 am until one hour before sunset

Reservation recommended
Adults: € 12.00
Children (up to 10 years): € 8.00

For guided tours and groups of more than 8 people, please contact directly Villa Schuler

Ticket includes the visit to the garden and one drink in the cafeteria or on the panoramic Palm Terrace
Contact us
Hotel Villa Schuler
Scesa Bastione, 2 - Via Roma
98039 Taormina (ME)

T. +39 0942 23841
M. +39 328 0544153 (WhatsApp)
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