My daughter and I stayed at Taormina Holiday Apartments for a week in September 2013. Valeria arranged for travel from the airport to MARIA and then met us upon arrival with a welcoming smile and plenty of information to make our stay enjoyable. She gave us great tips – things to do, places to see, and where to eat. The apartment was spacious and clean. The gardens were beautiful. The amenities were as stated. MARIA is centrally located with a short walk (10 minutes) to town where we were able to browse the shops, catch a sky tram to the beach, or catch a bus to farther destinations. The neighborhood, as well as the town, is safe and we never worried, even when walking back at night.
There is a short hike up a steep grade just outside the apartment, but it is very doable (I am in my 60s) and great exercise to start out the day. The walk to town is pleasant and there are some nice views along the way.
We enjoyed our stay at Taormina Holiday Apartments and recommend it for travelers to Taormina.