Please note that delegates are responsible for organising their own hotel and travel arrangements
Taormina centre is a coastal mountain side town situated north of the city of Catania approximately a 45-50 minute taxi ride away. It has splendid views in many areas of the town of both beaches and coastal areas aswell as the amazing Mount Etna in the distance. On a sunny day Mount Etna is usually fully viewable. The surrounding hillsides are also splendid with some excellent gardens. On the lower front of the town is the main Garden Centre with some splendid plantation and military equipment on display.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR DELEGATES
Please note that the conference will be held at the 4* Excelsior Palace Hotel situated at the south-west end of the main town centre on the outside of the old roman wall (Porto Catania) entrance gate. Close by in this area before you enter the town is a very large public car park for those of you who wish to drive. Please note that some hotels have limited parking only and will require pre-booking if required as parking in the town centre is virtually off-limits. Delegates wishing to stay at the host Hotel for the venue should book directly with the hotel web-site for an agreed special rate -20%. https://www.excelsiorpalacetaormina.it/bookonline.htm) using the promo BAR code PDDG.
DO NOT BOOK via second party web-sites as the cost could be significantly higher.
Another important point is to ensure that you stay in local Hotels in the town centre itself or just up on the hillside of the town. Please avoid where possible staying on the lower part of the beach areas especially further afield such as Giardini Naxos. From the lower beach areas it is very difficult to reach the main town centre unless you travel by Taxi or take a local blue bus ride and this can take some time up the winding roads. There are many reasonable hotels from 1* to 4* within walking distance of the Excelsior Palace Hotel. Hotels near or close to the Porto Catania at the end of the main street Corso Umberto is best for convenience.
Other suggested hotels within centre or near main street Corso Umberto:
- Taormina Park Hotel 4* rated at 130-180 euros per night.
- Grand Hotel Miramare 4* rated 130-180 euros per night.
- Hotel Monte Tauro 4* rated 120-180 euros per night.
- Meridiana Hotel Taormina 4* rated 80-100 euros per night (close to Gardens of centre)
- Hotel Continental 3* rated 80-130 euros per night
- Porta Del Tocco Design Suites 3* rated 60-90 euros per night
- President Hotel Splendid 2* rated 60-80 euros per night
- Hotel Victoria 2* rated 60-80 euros per night
- Hostel Taormina unrated but cheap at 20-30 euros per night
Our preference for delegates aside from the Venue Hotel would be the Hotel Mediterranee which is 4* rated and within easy access to the main centre and the venue PDDG Hotel. It has splendid views of the coastal areas and Mount Etna. It has excellent gardens and swimming pool on the hillside (Please avoid its sister Hotel which is down on the beach). It costs approx. 95-140 euros per night.
Obviously delegates may also choose their own hotel from the various web-sites (i.e. Booking.com) but please ensure that you book a centre hotel or hostel or B&B that is not far from the main Corso Umberto street.