The History of Villa Guarnaschelli

Villa Guarnaschelli once again opens its doors to its exclusive guests dedicating the most magnificent and evocative. Walking through the flowery avenues and the noble halls, the villa is told. Its construction dates back to the second half of the nineteenth century, and photographic documentation shows the veracity of the canons applied according to the English neo-Gothic tradition, although in a late stage and exemplified in decorative and structural terms. It was not by chance that it belonged to the English noblewoman Mrs Hill Mabel, friend of the King of England Edward VII, who came to spend short periods of holidays in anonymous. It is thought that there was a great love story hidden between the two, and that he was born in this very place.


To the king was dedicated a special room overlooking the Isola Bella where he loved to observe the sunrise. In the forties it was purchased by Senator Count Vittorio Cini of Venice who entrusted the restructuring to Tomaso Buzzi, one of the most important creators of Italian taste of the 1930s and 1940s, starting a real standard imitated by many in the following years. Architect, designer, interior designer who worked for the most important figures of the great aristocracy of our country. His genius is admired for his great humanistic and literary culture, evident in his achievements in the form of refined quotations and references to ancient art.

In 1955, the noble cav. from Palermo Domenico Guarnaschelli, bought the entire building to realize his great dream, the project of the opening of a Casino in Taormina marking a "two years of gold". The villa hosted the greatest personalities and stars of the world of cinema and music such as MARLENE DIETRICH, GREGORY PECK, KIRK DOUGLAS, DOMENICO MODUGNO, ARMSTRONG and many others, after having entertained themselves at the Casino. Each was reserved a room so that guests felt they were in their own home. Even today the rooms bear the name of the illustrious guests.


The gallantry and determination of Don Mimì Guarnaschelli transformed Taormina into the epicenter of worldliness in Sicily. Following the closure of the casino, the Villa was inhabited by Don Mimì along with his wife Donna Mariella Internicola Guarnaschelli. The latter, which spends many months of the year in Taormina, has taken care of the last renovation of the villa and here, together with its staff, will welcome future guests who want to spend a royal holiday in the most beautiful historic residence of Taormina.

Villa Don Mimì Guarnaschelli
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