At what time can we check-in and out?
Check In from 2 p.m. Check Out is 11.00 a.m.
Is the price per room/apartment or per person?
All rates are per room.
Is breakfast included in the price and what type of breakfast?
Yes, reinforced breakfast served a la carte. You have the choice of having breakfast expanded and a la carte served in the non smoking breakfast room, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the whole coastline, in the palm-terrace pavilion or in your room.
Can we settle the bill on arrival?
Which languages are spoken at the reception?
English, Italian, German, French, Spanish and Dutch.
How many floors are there in the building and do you have an elevator (lift) in the building?
3 floors connected by panoramic lift.
Are there particularly private, romantic rooms?
Yes, the top floor Junior Suites and the secluded “Garden Villa”.
Do some rooms/apartments have a terrace/courtyard?
Yes, some rooms terrace, the Garden Villa Suite has it’s private, secluded patio.
Do the rooms/apartments have a balcony?
Yes, most rooms are with balcony, terrace or loggia.
Do you have non smoking rooms/apartments?
Smoking is prohibited by law in all italian hotels.
Are there international channels (satellite TV)?
There is satellite television in all rooms. English: CNN – BBC World – Euronews – SKY-NEWS – Travel Channel – MTV – VIVA
Is there air conditioning in the rooms/apartments? Is there any extra charge for this? Is it seasonal?
Individually controlled air conditioning in all rooms both for cooling or heating, all year, without any surcharge.
Do you have an Internet/E-Mail point and Wi-Fi in the property?
Yes, Wi-Fi Hot Spot with free broadband internet access all over the premises. Internet point for free.
Is there a swimming pool? No, but we offer a Beach-service: shuttle-service at regular times to various beaches, including deckchairs, umbrellas and changing-cabins, May to October from 8,00 Euro to 16,00 Euro.
Is parking or garage available?
Parking: private hotel parking free of charge (not guaranteed, first come first served). No liability. Garage: valet car parking reservable for 20,00 Euro/day. 20% reduction for all direct bookings. Vans need 2 spaces. Our garage is not accessible between 10.00 p.m. and 06.00 a.m.
Where can we rent a car?
Close by at 150 meters.
Are there grocery stores or supermarkets in the surroundings?
Which is the nearest village or town?
Giardini-Naxos and the panoramic village of Castelmola.
Which is the nearest airport?
Catania Fontanarossa (CTA).
Do you have a pickup or shuttle service from and to the airport?
Yes, ask our reception for rates. Transfer-service: Mercedes from/to Catania airport 75,00 Euro (for 1 to 3 persons), at night (22.00-06.00): 85,00 Euro. Rates for more than 3 persons on request.
Which is the nearest bus-stop?
Bus Terminal Taormina.
Which is the nearest railway station?
How far away is the beach?
Is the beach private or public?
Both private and public.
Is there a fitness center in the property (Gym, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Turkish bath…)? No, but there is a gym and fitness center close by (3 minutes walk). We can also recommend and reserve SPA facilities in some of the 5 star hotels in town.
Are pets welcome?
Pets are not admitted. Sorry.
Is there a restaurant in the property?
No, but we have good recommendations. There is also an nice family run restaurant in the neighbourhood we have an agreement with: lunch or dinner for 20,00 Euro/person (beverage extra).
Where can we play tennis?
Courts in the neighbouring Tennis Club Taormina for 8,00 Euro/pers./55 minutes. Villa Schuler is a member of the local Tennis Club and this is a reduced rate for our guests.
HOW TO GET THERE
nearest airports are Catania (CTA) 37 miles or Palermo (PMO) 160 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.
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: driving instructions
Coming from the 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. Follow the direction “Taormina Centro”. At the multi-storey parking “Lumbi” (on your right side), enter into the roundabout and exit left (do not enter into the tunnel!) and drive further uphill 0.6 km/0.33 miles direction “Centro”. Once in front of the city-portal “Porta Messina” (beginning of the pedestrian main street “Corso Umberto”), turn right uphill direction Castelmola and follow the “Via Circonvallazione”, the circular road uphill around the historic center of Taormina. After about 0.8 km/0.5 mile you will see on your left side the castellated medieval Palazzo Badia Vecchia, directly behind it take the road down to your left. After about another 0.6 km/0.33 mile driving downhill you will reach a little square, Piazza Sant’Antonio. In front of you, you will see the small church “Chiesa Sant’Antonio Abate”, before which please turn left and then immediately downhill to the right (see white hotel signs at the post office building), follow the narrow one-way road downhill for about 0.4km/0.25 miles till the road opens on to a kind of place lined with trees. Turn downhill to the right entering the one-way “Via Roma” (again white hotel signs). From there it’s just another 0.4 km/0.25 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. Last update: 10.12.2016
Parking in Taormina
Parking in Taormina can be a problem. The limited number of outdoor parking areas (white lines) are for residents only. Few hotels have garages. Some hotels have a limited number of outdoor parkings (yellow lines) for which they pay a local tax and which their clients can use free of charge.
PARKING AT THE HOTEL VILLA SCHULER AND IN THE TOWN CENTER:
1 ) PARKING FOR HOTEL-GUESTS:
Two special parking spaces for our hotel-guests (yellow lines). Free of charge but cannot be reserved: first come, first served. Car keys must be handed over at reception. No hotel-liability on this 2 parkings on rented public soil.
2 ) HOTEL GARAGE:
If you prefer guaranteed parking you can reserve a parking space in our hotel garage, open from 06.00 to 22.00 with valet parking, for a charge of 20,00 Euro per day (for direct reservations 16,00 Euro). Vans, Jeeps and SUVs need to reserve 2 spaces. Garage reservations can be cancelled free of charge until one day before.
Other alternatives are:
3 ) GARAGE “CALIFORNIA”:
authorised garage and rent a car 200 mts/220 yards from our hotel for a charge of Euro 16,00-18,00, depending on the size of the car. For vans, Jeeps & SUVs Euro 24,00 per day*. If you rent a car through them parking there is free.
Then there are also 2 municipal multi-storey 24H car parks:
4 ) “LUMBI” CAR PARK:
Just before the town entrance (north side). Coming from the motorway A18 Catania-Messina. Exit at “Taormina” and drive uphill 2 km/1,25 miles. Parking costs 14,00 Euro per day*. The rate includes* the shuttle-service “Linea Porta Messina” (orange buses) from the parking lot to the town entrance “Porta Messina” city archway and vice versa. A second bus line, the “Linea Circolare Rossa” (also orange buses) makes the whole circular trip around the town, stopping directly in front of our Hotel.
5) “PORTA CATANIA” CAR PARK:
Just before the town entrance, south side, arriving from 2 directions: – Coming from the A18 (Catania-Messina) motorway, exit at “Taormina” and drive uphill 2 km/1,5 miles to reach the “Lumbi” car park and take the tunnel from there which connects the two multi-storey car parks. – Alternatively, arriving from Giardini-Naxos follow the signs for the Hospital (Ospedale), then continue uphill for 1,6 km/1 mile (the street is currently closed for road works). Parking costs 15,00 Euro per day*.
*) Our own Hotel Villa Schuler garage rates are guaranteed for the whole year of 2017. Please understand that we cannot guarantee for all the other rates & services listed here that are run by other companies/operators.
Last update: 18.12.2016
Breakfast at Villa Schuler is included in the room-rates. It is served “à la carte” in the breakfast room, on the panoramic terrace, in the Orangery or in your room. Our constant effort is to keep our customers satisfied. A good Bed & Breakfast has to offer a good quality breakfast and we continually try to improve our services to meet the expectations of our international clients on holiday here in Taormina. The first service of the morning starting the day of our clients is a breakfast served “à la carte” at the table.
The attached breakfast-menu offers a large choice of quality products of market-leading companies allowing to choose freely between varieties of always-available alternatives. We gave priority to including the largest possible choice of natural foods, local products, regional specialities and fresh food without preservatives. Some organically grown products as well. Our service guarantees reliable standards, constant availability, freshness and hygiene. The atmosphere wants to be relaxed and friendly. From 07.30 to 10.00 a.m.
Clients wishing to have breakfast served earlier than 7.30 can order on the previous evening from the same menu and for whichever time. After 10.00 you can still order a smaller continental breakfast. So we serve breakfast from midnight to midday. Our breakfast is included in the room rates. On request we serve breakfast also in your room, without supplement.
VILLA SCHULER BREAKFAST MENU:
B r e a k f a s t 07.30 – 10.00 a.m.
espresso – American coffee – decaffeinated coffee – cappuccino – coffee with milk – chocolate – fresh milk* – soy milk – almond milk*
black tea (english breakfast) – Earl Grey – green tea – red fruits – camomile (organic) – peppermint (organic) – home-made green iced tea with lemon (served in summertime)
Granita* home-made Sicilian sorbet (served in summertime)
coffee Granita – fresh fruits of the season Granita (on request with whipped cream and/or brioche)
Bread & Co.
rolls* (wholemeal, sesame, soy, ciabattine) – croissants – rusk (classic or whole organic) – rye bread – toast – home-made cakes* – butter – different jams and marmelades including organic Mt.Etna fruits jams – diet jams – honey – Nutella
– our coffee blend : 70% “robusta” 30% “arabica” – bread : no chemical additives
Fruit and Vegetable Juices
orange – blood orange – grapefruit – pineapple – apple – multivitamin – freshly squeezed orange juice* (seasonal from March to May) – freshly made carrot juice*
Swiss muesli (organic) – crispy muesli – muesli porridge – corn-flakes (organic)
plain buffalo yoghurt* – plain – low fat – strawberry – cherry – apricot – wild berries
boiled – fried – scrambled – crêpe – omelete
provoletta dolce* (mild cow’s cheese) – pecorino primo sale* (sheep’s cheese) – buffalo mozzarella* – ricotta artiganale (artisan curd cheese)* – Edam cheese – Philadelphia – cheese spread
artisan ham* – gammon – salami “Napoli” – liver paté
fresh fruits in season – tomatoes “Datterino di Pachno”*
apple – pear
* these products are produced in Sicily
on request we also serve gluten free products
RESERVATIONS are best done by emailing us a request stating the period and the number of rooms: firstname.lastname@example.org We will answer within 12 hours listing all room-types available for that period and adding useful information about our hotel and about Taormina. The final credit card guarantee can be given online completing our secure server form: SECURE SERVER HOTEL VILLA SCHULER
TV SAT PROGRAMMES & RADIO CHANNELS updated February 11, 2017
1 RAI 1 Italiano
2 RAI 2 “
3 RAI 3 “
4 RETE 4 “
5 CANALE 5 “
6 ITALIA 1 “
7 LA SETTE ”
8 BBC WORLD English
9 CNN “
10 SKY NEWS “
11 EURONEWS „
12 i24 NEWS English/Hebrew
13 TRAVEL CHANNEL English
14 ARD Deutsch
15 ZDF “
16 WDR “
17 ARTE „
18 3sat “
19 SAT 1 „
20 RTL „
21 T V 5 Français
22 ARTE „
23 France 24 “
24 TVE International Español
25 EURONEWS „
26 EURONEWS по-ру́сски
27 RTP Português
28 NHK World Japanese
29 CCTV 4 Chinese
30 VIVA music channel
from #31 onwards other miscellaneous additional Italian TV channels.
ITALIAN RADIO CHANNELS:
889 RAI 1 italiano
890 RAI 2 “
891 RAI 3 “
Servizio bar 24 ore – 24 Stunden Service – 24 h bar service
all prices in EURO
Caffè espresso 1,50
Caffè americano (tazza – cup – Tasse – la tasse – kopje) 15 cl 2,00
Caffè americano (bricco – pot – Kännchen – petit pot – kannetje) 50 cl 4,50
Caffè decaffeinato – decaffeinated – koffeinfrei – décaféiné 15 cl 2,00
Latte fresco – fresh milk – frische Milch – lait frais – verse melk 15 cl 1,50
Latte macchiato 20 cl 2,50
Cappuccino (tazza – cup – Tasse – la tasse – kopje) 15 cl 2,50
Caffelatte – coffee with milk – Milchkaffee – café au lait – koffie met melk 15 cl 2,50
Caffelatte (bricco – pot – Kännchen – petit pot – kannetje) 35 cl 5,00
Cioccolata – cocoab – Kakao – chocolat – chocolademelk 15 cl 2,50
Cioccolata (bricco – pot – Kännchen – petit pot – kannetje) 35 cl 5,00
Thè – Tee – tea – thé (bricco – pot – Kännchen – petit pot – kannetje) 45 cl 4,00
Thè nero – ai frutti rossi – camomilla (bio) – alla menta (bio)
Engl. Breakfast Tea – red fruits – camomile (organic) – peppermint (organic)
Schwarzer Tee – Waldfrüchte – Kamille (bio) – Minze (bio)
Thé noir – fruits rouges – camomille (bio) – menthe (bio)
Zwarte thee – rode vruchten – tropische vruchten – camomille (bio) – pepermunt (bio)
Thè freddo al limone fatto in casa – home made lemon iced tea – hausgemachter Eistee mit Zitrone – thé glacé avec citron – koude thee met citroen 15 cl 2,50
Bibite – alkoholfreie Getränke – soft drinks – sans alcool – frisdranken
Granita di caffè – di frutta fresca 3,00
sicilian specialty: half frozen ice of coffee – of fresh fruits of the season
sizilianische Eisspezialität: Sorbet aus Kaffee – aus frischen Früchten der Saison
spécialité sicilienne: un sorbet de café – de fruits frais de la saison
Siciliaanse ijsspecialiteit, halfbevroren: koffie – vers fruit
Succhi di frutta – fruit juices – Obstsäfte – jus – vruchtensap (*bio – *organic) 3,00
Arancia – pompelmo* – ananas* – albicocca* – pesca* – mela* – pera*
Orange juice – grape fruit *– pineapple – apricot* – peach* – apple* – pear* Orangensaft – Pampelmuse* – Ananas – Aprikose* – Pfirsich* – Apfel* – Birne*
Jus d’orange – pampelmousse* – ananas – abricot* – pêche*– pommes* – poire*
Sinaasappelsap – pompelmoes* – ananas – abrikoos* – perzik*– appelsap* peeren*
Spremuta di arance 15 cl 3,00
Freshly squeezed orange juice (seasonal)
Frisch gepresster Orangensaft (nach Saison)
Jus frais d’oranges (selon la saison)
Versgeperst sinaasappelsap (afhangelijk van het seizoen)
Spremuta di carote 15 cl 3,00
Fresh carot juice – Frisch gepresster Karottensaft – Jus frais de carots –
Minerale (naturale e gassata) 1 lit 3,00 ½ lit 1,50
Mineral water (carbonated or non carbonated)
Mineralwasser (mit oder ohne Kohlensäure)
Eau mineral (gaseuse ou naturelle)
Mineraalwater (bruisend of niet-bruisend)
Coca Cola – Coca Cola light – Fanta – Sprite 33 cl 3,00
Schweppes Tonic Water – Schweppes Bitter Lemon 33 cl 3,00
Birra – Bier – beer – bière – bier
Messina 33 cl 3,50
Moretti 33 cl 4,00
Heinecken 33 cl 4,00
Aperitivi, digestivi, liquori
Campari, Campari Soda, Martini, Sanbitter, Gin,
Cynar, Sanbitter, Fernet Branca, Averna, Amaretto,
Whiskies, Cognac, Brandy, Rum, Grappa, Sambuca,
Baileys, Marsala, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Limoncello 5,00
Campari Orange, Gin Tonic, Rum & Cola, Whisky & Cola 7,00
All cocktails 9,00
Non-alcoholic cocktails 7,00
Vini bianchi siciliani – sizilianische Weissweine – sicilian white wines – vins blancs siciliens – Siciliaanse witte wijnen
al bicchiere 1 Glas – 1 glass – 1 verre – 1 glas 100 ml 3,00 200 ml 6,00
LAPILLI BIANCO I.G.T. 2015
Murgo, Santa Venerina (CT), Chardonnay, 12,5%vol 750 ml 20,00
ETNA BIANCO I.G.T. 2014
Murgo, Santa Venerina (T) Carricante&Catarratto 13%vol 750 ml 24,00
SANT’AGOSTINO I.G.T. 2014
Firriato, Paceco (TP), Catarratto & Chardonnay, 13%vol 750 ml 26,00
LE SABBIE DELL’ETNA D.O.C. 2014
Firriato, Castiglione (CT), Carricante 13%vol 750 ml 26,00
Spumante – Prosecco – sparkling wines – mousseux – schuimwijn
Prosecco 1 bicchiere, 1 Glas, 1 glass, 1 vere 100 ml 3,00
Prosecco Mini piccolo sparkling wine – Piccolo 200 ml 6,00
CHARME Rosé I.G.T. 2014
Firriato, Paceco (TP), fine perlage, blend 12,5%vol 750 ml 20,00
MURGO Brut 2012
Murgo, Santa Venerina (CT), Nerello Mascalese, 12,5%vol 750 ml 25,00
SAINT GERMAIN Brut I.G.T
Firriato, Paceco (TP) 12%vol 750 ml 25,00
Vini rossi siciliani – sizilianische Rotweine – sicilian red wines – vins rouges siciliens – Siciliaanse rode wijnen
al bicchiere 1 Glas – 1 glass – 1 verre 100 ml 3,00 200 ml 6,00
VILLA SCHULER I.G.T. 2013
Salaparuta (TP), Nero d’Avola & Cabernet Sauv. 13%vol 750 ml 20,00
REGALIS D.O.C. 2012
Tenuta Re Ruggero, St. Agata Li Battiati (CT), Nerello Mascalese 14%vol 750 ml 18,00
CHIARAMONTE I.G.T. 2010
Firriato, Paceco (TP), Nero d’Avola 14%vol 750 ml 18,00
DONNATÁ I.G.T. 2010
A.di Camporeale, Camporeale (PA), Nero d’Avola 13,5%vol 750 ml 22,00
LE SABBIE DELL’ETNA D.O.C. 2012
Firriato, Castiglione (CT), Nerello Mascalese&Nerello Cappuccio 14%vol 750 ml 22,00
CAELES I.G.T. 2012 (bio/organic)
Firriato, Paceco (TP), Syrah 13,5%vol 750 ml 22,00
SANT’AGOSTINO I.G.T. 2012
Firriato, Paceco (TP), Nero d’Avola & Syrah 14%vol 750 ml 24,00
ETNA ROSSO D.O.C. 2012
Murgo, Santa Venerina (CT), Nerello Mascalese, 13,5%vol 750 ml 30,00
HARMONIUM I.G.T. 2012
Firriato, Paceco (TP), Nero d’Avola 14,5%vol 750 ml 32,00
RIBECA I.G.T. 2012
Firriato, Paceco (TP), Perricone 14,5%vol 750 ml 32,00
CAVANERA ETNA ROSSO D.O.C. 2010
Firriato, Castiglione (CT), Nerello Masc. & Nerello Capp. 14%vol 750 ml 34,00
CAMELOT I.G.T. 2011
Firriato, Paceco (TP), Cabernet & Merlot 14,5%vol 750 ml 36,00
Service & VAT included * frais et taxes incluses * Service en Tax inclusief
Con riserva di modifiche – Änderungen vorbehalten – Subject to change – sous réserve de changements – Wijzigingen voorbehouden.
Last update: March 12, 2017
our hotel phone rates 24H:
one minute for 0,21 Euro (approx. 0,29 USD), no matter if clients call within Italy, Europe, to the US or to Canada.
Other intercontinental calls as for example to Australia and New Zealand for 0,90 Euro per minute.
Mount Etna, the 3,329-metre / 10,922-feet volcano in Sicily erupted in the evening of January 12, 2011 for around four hours, providing an amazing scenery.
On the evening of 11th January 2011 an increase in volcanic tremor was recorded at the summit of the volcano. The recorded seismic activity reached a peak at 7 a.m. on 12th January when the source moved from north of NE crater to the SE crater. The eruption started with strombolian explosive activity at SE crater at around 9.p.m. Lava overflowed the eastern rim of SE crater and fed a flow that moved toward the western wall of the Valle del Bove (Valley of the oxen), an ancient huge uninhabited depression on the NE side of the volcano. The Sicilian communities near the volcano were not threatened by this latest fascinating eruption. Known as ‘Jebel Utlamat’ in Arabic – meaning ‘mountain of fire – Etna’s name is thought to originate from the Phoenician word ‘attuna’, meaning ‘furnace’.
Etna is Europe’s most active volcano and has been active for around half a million years. Eruptions have rarely threatened the inhabited areas in the volcano’s vicinity. Most eruptions take place on the summit area around its 4 crates with spectacular lava streams flowing usually inside the large uninhabited depression of the “Valle del Bove”, having an extension from west to east of 7 km / 4,4 miles and a north-south width of roughly 5.5 km / 3,5 miles.
Best place to watch the fascinating eruptions of Mount Etna is the town of Taormina, nestled on a hill at 220 meters / 722 feet above the sea level and at a safe linear distance of approx.28 Km / 17,4 miles from the top craters of the Sicilian volcano. We shot this unique video from our panoramic rooftop lounge&terrace at the Hotel Villa Schuler in Taormina on January 12, 2011 at 11.45 p.m and uploaded it on YouTube. Enjoy it.
SMOKING BAN IN PUBLIC AREAS
ITALY 2005 A ban on smoking in all public places such as hotels, bars, restaurants, discotheques and offices went into effect on 10 January 2005 as Italy joined a growing number of European countries imposing stricter restrictions on smokers. 10 January 2005. (Globalink news)
Italy imposed a ban on smoking in all enclosed public places including bars and restaurants from midnight on 10 January 2005. Businesses face a fine of up to 2,000 euros if they fail to ensure their customers do not smoke, while smokers themselves could face a 275 euro (360 dollars) for repeatedly ignoring the new rules. The ban has not been welcomed by all, with some bar owners and smokers saying they will ignore the ban on the grounds that cigarettes and smoking are an integral part of Italian bar and cafe culture.
The rules allow smoking in special sealed-off areas fitted with smoke extractors; however many bar owners say fitting the automatic doors and forced ventilation systems required by law is too expensive. At the moment the Hotel Villa Schuler has no smoking area of this kind, smoking is therefore only allowed in all the outdoor areas of our hotel: the palm terrace, the sun-roof and the garden.
GAY FRIENDLY HOTEL VILLA SCHULER
Yes, the Hotel Villa Schuler, Taormina, Sicily is a Gay friendly hotel actively seeking to create an environment friendly towards LGBT people of all nations.
Christine and Gerhard Schuler managers Gay friendly Hotel Villa Schuler, Taormina, Sicily
WHAT OTHERS WRITE ABOUT US
THE GARDEN OF GOETHE
“…in 1978 I was in Taormina with a crew of Italy’s national public broadcasting company Rai to film my portrait Il signor Goethe poeta e naturalista in viaggio verso Messina, anche marking the bicentenary of his Sicilian visit. Roaming the town in search of locations for our filming, I was struck by a splendid garden where mysterious plants of brilliant colors seemed to be there to perfectly illustrate the Theory of Colours and the other fantastic theory of the Urpflanze, the archetype of all plants from the Creation onwards, according to the poet who fled from Karlsbad on a false passport, and from Charlotte von Stein who tormented him with her jealousy…
This enchanted garden, so rich in references to Goethe, was/is the garden of the delightful, charming Hotel Villa Schuler, the perfect place to film and write about Goethe, the author of the famous statement about the island: Italien ohne Sizilien macht gar kein Bild in der Seele: hier ist erst der Schlüssel zu allem/To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”
(Vanni Ronsisvalle, 2016. Vanni Ronsisvalle, writer and journalist, documentary-filmmaker and former editor-in-chief of the cultural program on TG1 of the Rai, interviewed many outstanding personalities on TV, including Ezra Pound, Italo Calvino, Andy Warhol, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Peter Brook, Louis Aragon and Astrid Lindgren. He lives in Rome and in Taormina)
THE VILLA SCHULER IS A REAL WINNER
Taormina is on what could be referred to as the Amalfi coast of Sicily and, although the town is lovely and rich with history, it is very touristy. This of course means that rates are on the high side but, happily, the Villa Schuler is affordable. The villa was converted from a private residence to a hotel by the Schuler family over a century ago and now grandson Gerardo is at the helm. The pink façade faces out to the Via Roma and has a large raised terrace with palms and potted flowers. A continental or full brekfast is served either here or in the gazebo where you can enjoy views emcompassing the coastline and the peak of the Etna volcano. The hotel offers standard bedrooms and junior suites. All the rooms have air conditioning, satellite TVs, safes, and terraces or balcony often with a sea views. Behind the building is the hotel?s botanical garden filled with a profusion of jasmine, bougainvillea, and geraniums. Located in the garden is a secluded two bathroom suite. The garden opens onto the pedestrian main street of town and it is just a short walk to the cable car that takes you down to the beaches, or you can take the hotel shuttle services. For its impeccable service, ideal location and good value, the Villa Schuler is a real winner. (from KAREN BROWN’S ITALY B&B Guide, Exceptional Places to Stay & Itineraries 2009).
OLD, ELEGANT CHARM
Late in the 19th century, Sg. Schuler’s great-grandfather travelled by coach from Germany and built his house high above the Ionian Sea. He built on a grand scale and he chose the site well – the views of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna are gorgeous. When he died in 1905, Great Grandma decided to let out some rooms; the villa has been a hotel ever since. Though restored and brought up to date, it still has an old, elegant charm and a relaxed peaceful atmosphere. Lavish organic brakfasts are served in the low-energy chandelier’d breakfast room or out on the terrace. Bedrooms vary; some have beautifully tield floors, antique furniture and stone balconies, while the more modern top-floor suites have beamed ceilings and large terraces. All come with organic linen, jacuzzi showers heated by solar panels, heating from biomass and views out to sea – or over the vast, subtropical garden scented with jasmine. Hidden away behind a stone arch is a delightful, very private little apartment. A path leads through the gardens and out into the town’s pedetrianised Corso Umberto. Lovely. (ALASTAIR SAWDAY’S SPECIAL PLACES TO STAY. Green Europe, first edition 2009)
ONE OF THE GREENEST HOTELS OF ITALY (…)
The family has managed to hang on the house despite the appalling vicissitudes of two world wars. It has been expropriated in both wars. After the first, local buyers, so pleased that Signor Schuler had returned to buy the house back, withdrew their own bids. After the second, the house was returned to the family, but in a grim condition. So the rebuilding has been painstaking and devoted. What has been recreated is a wonderfully handsome, up-to-date hotel with the charm and elegance of its past. It is cool, quiet, impeccably run, with tiled floors, antique furniture and stone balconies on one level and more modern rooms with large terraces at the top. In fact, they are as modern as can be, with WIFI, jacuzzis, and most of the gadgets you could possibly need. In spite of the part-modernisation, Villa Schuler can claim to be one of the greenest hotels in Italy. Gerhard seems to have thought of everything, so the following may seem like litany of ecological achievement. But it is worth spelling out, even if briefly: They have used traditional building methods and natural materials. The ventilation ‘system’ cunningly uses the up-drafts from the sea. Toxic materials, blithely accepted by most, have been rigorously excluded – even electromagnetic ‘smog’. Waste, of course, is seperated and recycled to an impressive degree. The sun heats the water, local farmers grow much of the food, natural fertilisers nourish the garden, ecological cleaners are aplied to the walls and floors, clever devices will alarm and protect you in case of fire, fossil-fuels are treated with respect and water conserved. Materials are natural (cotton towels, of course) disposables are reduced to a minimum, and all discarded furniture and equipment is donated to charity. The standards are set at the highest level and the hotel is ISO 14001 certified,(…) It is rare in the world of hotels to find a family so devoted to the familiy tradition. That, alone, is a seductive feature for those looking for Slow. But the long lazy afternoons in their garden (…), the views over the sea and to Etna, the deep commitment to running a hotel with the lightest ecolocigal touch – such things are enough to slow a person down. (ALASTAIR SAWDAY’S GO SLOW ITALY. Special places to stay, slow travel and slow food, 2009)
Surrounded by shady terraced gardens with views of Mt Etna, the rose-pink Villa Schuler is family-owned and preserves a homely atmosphere. A lovely breakfast is served on the panoramic terrade. A great choice. (LONELY PLANET – SICILY, 2008)
STYLE AND COMFORT
Filled with the fragrance of bougainvillea and jasmine, this hotel offers style and comfort at a good price. Family-owned and -run, it sits high above the Ionian Sea, with views of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos. It’s only a 2-minute stroll from Corso Umberto I and about a 15-minute walk from the cable car to the beach below. Guest rooms are comfortably furnished, with bathrooms with tub/shower combinations; many have a small balcony or terrace. Breakfast can be served in your room or taken on a lovely terrace with a panoramic sea view. Service is impeccable. The most luxurious way to stay here is to book the Garden Villa Suite with its own private access…” (FROMMER’S SICILY 2007).
With scintillating bay views from the tranquil, palm-shaded terrace, and an extensive garden at the back, this makes a luxurious oasis at quite reasonable prices. (THE ROUGH GUIDE TO SICILY, 6th edition, 2005).
Converted into a hotel in 1905, this old house in the historical centre is surrounded by a Mediterranean garten full of tropical flowers and plants. The hotel retains some of its late 19C atmosphere and has old-fashioned, comfortable rooms. (The Green Guide, Sicily, Michelin travel Publications 2004)
STRIKES IN ITALY LATEST NEWS
How to get information on strikes throughout Italy: on this page Hotel Villa Schuler lists strikes as they pertain Sicily as well as some of the national transportation strikes. We try to inform our clients about upcoming strikes as soon as possible. To be sure, just check also the web sites listed next.
If you need information on strikes in any parts of Italy, the best resource is the “Commissione di Garanzia”. This is the strike authority in Italy.
Its web site is very informative: www.commissionegaranziasciopero.it
The site is in Italian, but with some elementary Italian – or even without – you should be able to identify strikes in the area of your interest. The best is, after having opened the main site, to just click on “elenco scioperi” which means “list of strikes”. You will find a list of all strikes alphabetically arranged by sector and you can scroll down to the ones that interest you, such as transportation strikes: – Taxi – Trasporto Aereo (airlines) – Trasporto Ferroviario (train and railroad strikes) – Trasporto Marittimo (ferries) – Trasporto Pubblico Locale (local public transportation) To the left of the sector’s name you will find “data sciopero”, which means “date of strike”. This indicates the previewed date of the strike.
To controll the actual status of a planned strike please carry on reading down below, where you will find “stato dello sciopero”: “revocato” means “cancelled”, “differito” means “postponed to” The box “interventi della commissione” lists actions taken by the “Commissione della Garanzia”. If the Commissione has intervened, this will most likely mean that the strike violates regulations and will therfore probably be revoked or at least postponed. You might also want to check on Generale (general strike). These are rare but affect all sectors. You will find the button on the main site. Another useful link is the web site of the Italian Ministry of Transportation: http://www.infrastrutturetrasporti.it/page/standard/site.php?p=scioperi&PHPSESSID
You can check as well the following web site, which provides a service in English: www.summerinitaly.com/planning/strike.asp
If you have any doubts or questions please don’t hesitate to e-mail us to: email@example.com
Last updated: January 15, 2017 Italian Government Strike Authority