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San Domenico Palace, Taormina A Four Seasons Hotel Blogs

High above the beautiful blue hues of the Ionian Sea, on a rocky promontory, this former 14th century convent has origins stretching back through the eons of time to 1203, and over the years its hallowed halls have been graced by Hollywood legends including Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, and Sophia Loren. A true sense of history prevails throughout, with the traditional cloisters and choir stalls still in place along with restored frescos, allowing guests to connect with the history of the building. Overlooking the magnificent coastline, Mount Etna, and the Greek theatre the setting is truly spectacular, yet guests are also an easy stroll from the charming streets of Taormina’s old town. Two cloistered courtyards, exquisite gardens filled with fragrant jasmine and hibiscus and a clifftop infinity edge swimming pool offer beautiful, serene places to relax and enjoy the warmth of the Italian sun. Guests can also enjoy wellness therapies in Botanica, a boutique pop-up day spa with three rooms featuring a range of nature-based treatments, there is also a state-of-the-art fitness facility. With a range of beautiful rooms and suites to choose from, three restaurants and a wealth of hotel experiences available, the Four Seasons San Dominenco Palace offers an exceptional luxury base from which to explore this dramatic eastern Sicily coastline.