Four Seasons to operate San Domenico Palace in Italy

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In Taormina, Italy, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has signed on to redevelop San Domenico Palace.

The firm has embarked on an ambitious renovation project alongside Gruppo Statuto and plans to open the property as a Four Seasons Hotel in San Domenico Palace, Taormina. The Palace of San Domenico is conveniently located in the hilltop town of Taormina, on the eastern coast of Sicily, overlooking Taormina Bay and the Ionian Sea. The hotel has many terraces with direct views of the nearby seas, and also Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a beach club, lush gardens and several restaurants and bars, including Principe Cerami, a two-star Michelin restaurant. The hotel consists of a 15th-century ancient Dominican convent, as well as a grand hotel wing that was added in 1896.

Guest rooms and public spaces feature original architecture and facades from the historic building.

Regarded as one of the most famous hotels in the world, San Domenico Palace welcomed notable guests including Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Taylor, and DH Lawrence, among many others.

“San Domenico Palace is an extraordinary property in one of Italy’s most historic and charming destinations, and to extend our presence in the region with this iconic property is a privilege,” said John Davison, chief executive, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

“Following many years of successful partnership with Gruppo Statuto through our hotel in Milan, it is an honour that they have chosen Four Seasons to manage this beautiful hotel, and we look forward to collaborating together on this new project and welcoming guests to a new Four Seasons experience at the San Domenico Palace.”

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