March 06 2013
HOW TO GET THERE AND ABOUT PARKING IN TAORMINA
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).
CAR: DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS
shortest way (recommended):
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 turn semi-right entering 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" 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.
through the city:
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. Follow the direction "Taormina Centro". At the multi-storey parking "Lumbi" (on the right side), eter into the roundabout, turn left and drive further uphill 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 around the historic center of Taormina. After about 1/2 mile you will see on your left side the castellated medieval Palazzo Badia Vecchia, directly behind it take the narrow road down to your left. After about another 1/2 mile you will reach a little square, Piazza Sant'Antonio. Straight on you will see the small church "Chiesa S. Francesco di Paola", before which please turn left and then immediately to the right (see white hotel signs), taking the one-way road downhill 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.
Distances from Taormina:
Messina 40 km / 25 miles
Eolian Islands (Milazzo) 80 km / 50 miles
Catania Airport 60 km / 37 miles
Catania 50 km / 31 miles
Mt. Aetna 25 km / 15 miles
Siracusa 120 km / 74 miles
Agrigento 220 km / 137 miles
Caltagirone 140 km / 87 miles
Palermo 250 km / 156 miles
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 ) 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 15,00 Euro per day. Vans, Jeeps and SUVs need to reserve 2 spaces. Garage reservations can be cancelled free of charge until one day before.
2 ) PARKING FOR HOTEL-GUESTS:
Two special parking spaces for our hotel-guests (yellow lines). Free of charge but cannot be reserved: first comes first served. Car keys must be handed over at reception. No hotel-liability on this 2 parkings on rented public soil. 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 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 13,50 Euro per day (15,50 Euro per day in August)*. 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 for 0,50 Euro*.
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 (Euro 17,00 per day in August)*.
*) Our own Hotel Villa Schuler garage rates are guaranteed for the whole year of 2014. Please understand that we cannot guarantee for all the other rates & services listed here that are run by other companies/operators.
Last update: May 4, 2014. Subject to change without notice.