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World's Best Wine Country Hotels: Grand Hotel Timeo

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No. 20 Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, Sicily

Grand feels like the right adjective to describe this 72-room retreat, given its baroque interiors and dramatic views of the sea, an ancient Greek theater, and seismically active Mount Etna, whose volcanic soil and unpredictable climate help create some of the world’s most intriguing wines. The hotel offers chauffeured day trips to Etna vineyards (half an hour away) that include a stop at a local enoteca for lunch. But it can be tempting instead to linger on the hotel’s terrace bar with a glass of local rosado—and that volcano at a distance.


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