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Best New Small Hotels in Italy: Taormina

Annie Schlechter

Casa Cuseni, Taormina, Sicily

Yorkshire painter Robert Hawthorn Kitson commissioned Frank Brangwyn, a William Morris protégé, to build this hillside Arts and Crafts villa, which was finished in 1907. During World War II, locals squirreled away Kitson’s collections—ranging from ancient Roman vases to Persian carpets—restoring it all upon his return. Today, Cuseni is in the hands of Mimma Cundari, the former custodian’s daughter, and her husband, Francesco Spadaro, who run it as a museum and inn. Three of the five modest but tasteful rooms have shared bathrooms—a small price to pay for access to the villa’s terraced gardens, with their wisteria-draped pergolas and views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. casacuseni.com. $

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