Tucked away at the edge of town, this castellated 1920s stone villa is another creation of Andrea and Rosaria Quartucci, who work their magic at Villa Ducale. A wall of Byzantine catacombs adds an air of mystery, but what wins you over is the classic-yet-contemporary style and wonderful sense of privacy and comfort. Most of the warm-hued, stylish rooms have terraces and sea views, and many overlook the luxuriant rear gardens, with a swimming pool amid the greenery. Service is personalized and attentive, and there’s a shuttle bus to the beach. Villa Carlotta also operates the Taormina Luxury Apartments up the street.