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A Fine Dining Guide to Taormina: 3 Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Desiree Michels

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Taormina is a beautiful hilltop town situated near Mount Etna on the east coast of Sicily. The town and the island are brimming with ancient historical sites, craggy coastlines and soft sandy beaches. Sicily is a wonderful destination for any reason but it is particularly perfect for a romantic getaway.

To truly celebrate in style, start by pre-booking a private Catania airport transfer to whisk you off to one of Taormina’s most exclusive hotels, the San Domenico Palace Hotel. From there, not only will you have superb service and luxurious accommodation, but also access to three of the island’s finest and top-rated restaurants.

The San Domenico Palace Hotel

The San Domenico Palace Hotel is simply stunning and the perfect accommodation to play host to what will surely be one of your most memorable holidays. Located in the centre of bustling Taormina, this hotel was originally a 15th century convent. Its understated façade welcomes you into a cool and quiet interior that exudes elegance and sophistication and leaves the throng of the streets behind you. Although the establishment has 105 rooms, each one is attended to meticulously with luxurious amenities and no details left un-touched.

The San Domenico Palace Hotel offers all the modern amenities you may want within its historic walls. However, the hotel’s crowning jewel is its epically stunning terraced gardens that gently slope down into the azure sea below. The endless ocean views are mesmerising and could easily steal away your whole holiday!

Your Catania airport transfer should only take about an hour door-to-door. Once you arrive at the hotel, you can also start planning your exploration of Sicily’s gastronomic delights; the San Domenico Palace Hotel has immediate access to three Michelin-starred restaurants which could all be perfect for an elegant evening of celebration.

Tantalizing Tastes

Restaurant Principe Cerami – One of three of the San Domenico Palace’s on-site restaurants, this one boasts two Michelin stars. The restaurant’s history is almost as old as the hotel itself and it is named after the Sicilian nobleman who converted the monastery in the first place.

The head chef, and local Taorminesi, Massimo Montaro, pays tribute to the island’s abundance of fresh ingredients in each and every dish. Utilising traditional Sicilian recipes and adding his own personal touches, Montaro will introduce you to the exquisite delights of the freshest pasta, seafood, fruits and vegetables all cooked in the best ways. And, of course, no meal would be complete without a breath-taking view of the endless turquoise ocean laid out before you. For this unique kind of entertainment you will not be disappointed by a table on the terrace with a perfect view of the evening’s sunset.

La Capinera – This small and unassuming restaurant excels in every detail. The owner/chef Pietro d’Agostino creates art with every dish. Sicilian cuisine has an eclectic influence of flavours originating from North Africa, Spain and Italy. La Capinera captures this kaleidoscope of taste sensations and delivers them in a dish that is so beautiful that it may feel like a crime to eat it! Again, the service, cuisine and of course the beautiful terrace to dine upon make La Capinera a superb location for an adventurous, yet romantic dinner

Osteria Rosso di Vino – Located in the heart of Taormina, this rustic style concept restaurant could define the meaning of ‘fresh’. Their menu changes daily and is dependent upon the best ingredients that can be found at the local market that day. The setting and décor invokes an intimate and cosy atmosphere with an open-style kitchen. The opportunity to watch the chefs create their gastronomic works-of-art alongside live musical performances makes for the perfect romantic evening. The owners of Osteria Rosso di Vino strive to make each and every guest feel welcome and hope to share their passion for Sicilian cuisine with all who visit.

How to Get There

Sicily is a popular destination for travellers year-round. Flights from the UK are generally affordably priced and frequent. As with most destinations, if you are not familiar with the locale it is best to pre-book ground transportation prior to your arrival. Shuttle Direct offers a number of services and options when flying into Sicily. We can provide a private Catania airport transfer to your chosen hotel and will do so both smoothly and safely.

Shuttle Direct’s local professional drivers are extremely knowledgeable about their region and will efficiently deliver you to your destination in style and comfort. Taormina’s breath-taking beauty and abundance of local flavour will certainly provide all that you need for a luxurious trip of a lifetime.

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Catania airport transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.


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