CASA LEONARDOWonderful place right in the heart of old Palermo and right down the street from Ballarò market. The apartment is nicely furnished and very quiet--even though it is right in between Via Roma and Via Maqueda. Leonardo and Silvana are wonderful hosts--they introduced us to many of Palermo's delicious traditional foods and are great, friendly people! This was a perfect place for us to spend a month in Palermo while we worked and explored.
THE EAGLETVery nice and comfortable apartment. Beautiful terrace. The best location. Stefano is extremely friendly and helpful. Grazie ! Highly recommended!
CASA RÒ PALERMOVery beautiful and comfortable apartment. Nice location. Thank you so much! Highly recommended!
IL VASSALLOThis flat is ideally placed, comfortable, has everything one could reasonably require, and the owner and his wife could not be more charming or helpful. Apart from the noise problem (see below), I cannot recommend the apartment highly enough. Above all, it is excellent value (about a third to a quarter of the rate charged by BB22 which is 20 yards up the road).
CASA NAVARRALovely apartment just blocks away from Teatro Massimo, and all the city centre is easily walkable. Nearby markets (both outdoor and "super"), bars and clubs. Spacious two bedroom apt, with large shower (for Europe), dishwasher, dining and living areas and a computer, if for some reason you need one.
CASA CASTIGLIAExcellent location
This Sicilian city is not just a tourist destination but an experience of its own. Chaos reigns in this town but it’s a charming chaos, a chaos that you can only find on this Italian island or in the south of the Italian Peninsula, a chaos that keeps bringing people back and attracting newcomers for the first time. Founded by the Phoenicians, it has been populated by Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans, and now Italians and the city has a rich cultural legacy. Rent apartments in Palermo and visit this enigmatic city on one of Europe’s most beautiful islands.[See more]
What to see and do in Palermo
The city’s main landmark is its Cathedral, a construction with a mixture of architectonic influences whose claim to fame is that it holds the tomb of Barbarossa’s son, Frederick II. If you’ve ever seen a postcard of Palermo, it’s likely that the image was of the Quattro Canti, a famous crossroads in the city with a pretty church on one of the sides. However, the Gesu Church is perhaps the most important in Palermo. For something a bit more macabre, try the Catacombs of the Capuccini, catacombs with well-preserved mummies that date from many centuries ago. Also, make sure you try the local wine.
Outside of the centre of Palermo
You won’t want to stay in your cheap apartments in Palermo just to visit the city centre so why not indulge in some day trips or venture a bit further afield from heart of the city. Sicily has a great nightlife and you can find most of them in Mondello, just outside the city centre. For some good seafood and Italian cuisine, the restaurants in Mondello and Sferracavallo, particularly the latter, are quite impressive and a must. Finally, you can go on day trips to other Sicilian towns, cities and landmarks, such as Taormina, Syracuse, Messina, Trapani and Catania.
When to visit Palermo
Like all Southern Mediterranean destinations, Palermo endures hot and sweaty summers and mild winters. You can find some beautiful beaches alongside the northern coast of Sicily so why not enjoy your /holidays in Palermo in summer and use the city as a starting point for excursions along the coast. During the other seasons, tourist numbers go down and you can see the city’s more authentic side still with good weather, although perhaps not hot enough for the beach.
Getting in and around Palermo
You can fly to Palermo Airport from most of Europe, as well as from other nearby low-cost airports like Trapani. If you plan on visiting the island, you can rent a car or travel by train to most of the other cities and towns. However, if you plan on staying in Palermo, you’re probably better off walking everywhere, since the distances between landmarks are all within short walking distance. You can also travel into or from Palermo by ferry to other Italian and Southern Mediterranean islands, as well as to mainland Italy.
Festivals in Palermo
Most of the important events on the island happen in the hot months, such as beach festivals in Mondello in May or the Kals’Art festival of music and art in September. Nevertheless, for those in search of something more traditional why not enjoy the festival of Santa Rosalia in July, with religious processions, theatre and firework displays.