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Opera suite (Ref: 30384), Self catering apartment in Palermo, Italy
Elegant suite apartment in Palermo center with terrific view on Opera theatre.  Garibaldi Massimo Suite is an elegant cosmo apartment interesting from an historic point of view since Garibaldi himself stayied in it back in 1860. Central position in the heart of Palermo center close to monuments and museums, access is from a pedestrian area - its amazing view in front of the Opera,  its ancient architectural details...  Sleeps 3.
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A Quick Tour Of Italy - Palermo, Sicily   by Levi Reiss

Featured Palermo Hotels  /  Sicily Self-Catering Accommodation

If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the island of Sicily, a region of southern Italy. Depending on your interests, this beautiful area can be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. And parts of Sicily haven't yet been discovered by tourists. This article presents Sicily's capital, Palermo. Companion articles present western Sicily and eastern Sicily.

Palermo is Sicily's capital and largest city with a population of about 700,000. It was founded in the Eighth Century B. C. by the Phoenicians who wanted to take advantage of its natural harbor. This strategically situated city was conquered again and again. For example, in the past this was a Muslim city with two or three hundred Mosques. The period of the Norman occupation starting in 1072 and lasting for well over one hundred years was considered Palermo's golden age. The conquests continued almost unabated. Palermo was heavily destroyed during the Second World War. To some extent Palermo is still in the hands of a conqueror, the Mafia.

Start at the Cathedral, built in 1185 on the site of a Byzantine basilica that was transformed into a mosque by the Saracens in the Ninth Century. Other historic churches that you should see include San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi, San Giovanni degli Eremiti, and the Greek Orthodox church La Martorana. Many churches and other buildings are situated in or near beautiful parks.

The Teatro Massimo (Great Theater) is the largest opera house in all Italy. The movie Godfather Part III included a famous scene, violent of course, that occurred on the Teatro's steps.

Corleone, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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The Palazzo Reale was the seat of government for centuries. It is now the home of the Sicilian Parliament. The Palatine Chapel was the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily. Its mosaics are definitely worth seeing. The building and its furnishings are a great combination of Arabic, Byzantine, and Norman styles.
Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Make sure to see the Salinas Regional Museum of Archeology with its prehistoric cave drawings. Then for a change of pace visit the Museo delle Marionette many of whose marionettes are hundreds of years old.

Finish your tour at the Piazza Pretoria (Pretoria Square). The fountain that dominates the square is decorated with hundreds of sculptures whose lack of clothing led to the name, "Fountain of Shame". We really suggest that you see this square at night.

Sicily has always transformed foreign foods into Sicilian versions. Put all the foreign influences together and you have the unique Sicilian cuisine. 

See our companion article I Love Touring Italy - Palermo, Sicily for a sample menu and more information on local wines as well as an in-depth examination of its tourist attractions. Marsala DOC, which was first exported to England well over two hundred years ago, is Sicily's best-known wine. Most Marsalas are sweet; some are great, others are not.

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About the Author - Levi Reiss has authored alone or with a co-author ten books on computers and the Internet but he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He knows about dieting but now eats and drinks what he wants, in moderation. He teaches various computer classes in an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel website which focuses on local wine and food.


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Ambasciatori Hotel Palermo
Situated in Palermo, this business-friendly hotel is near San Cataldo, Martorana, and Regional Gallery. Additional attractions include Cathedral of Palermo. This 3.0-star property offers secretarial services and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. For a surcharge, the property offers an airport shuttle (available on request). Room service is available 24 hours a day. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. Guestrooms have city views. Rooms are individually furnished. Bathrooms feature showers with handheld showerheads. 
Baglio Conca D'Oro Hotel Palermo
Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this property is the perfect base for you to reside whether you are in Palermo for business or pleasure.  Situated at the ancient Norman town of Monreale, the Baglio Conca D'Oro Hotel is 7 kilometres from the Palermo Train Station and 8 kilometres from the Palermo City, while the Palermo Airport is 35 kilometres away. This property is also close to the Mondello Beach and the port.  This hotel offers 27 immaculate accommodation units that are endowed with all the essential amenities to assure you immense pleasure throughout your stay.  The on-site Le Absidi Restaurant serves refined national and typically Sicilian cuisine for you to feast on.
Excelsior Hilton Hotel Palermo
Combining comfort, convenience and friendly service, this hotel makes you to enjoy all the privileges, for an unforgettable stay.  Surrounded by greenery, the Excelsior HIlton Hotel lies in between Giardino Inglese, Villa Garibaldi and Villa Trabia. This property is a kilometre from the city centre and 4 kilometres from the train station.  This hotel offers 117 well-appointed accommodation units that have been elegantly furnished with an array of modern amenities.  The onsite restaurant serves delicious Sicilian cuisine, Mediterranean delights as well as international dishes within a sober and refined setting.
Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes Palermo
From the old mansion of the aristocratic Ingham Withaker family and subsequently decorated in the Art Nouveau style, the Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes blends historic appeal with the best modern amenities and ensures you an unforgettable vacation.  Offering an excellent and convenient location for every need, the Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes is situated in the commercial centre of the city Palermo. At a few steps, you can find the two most famous theatres of the city, Teatro Massimo and Teatro Politeama.  The 172 rooms and 8 suites offer the possibility to stay in a prestigious environment, an unique atmosphere, full of history, fascination and elegance.  The Grill Gattopardo will allow you to taste light and quick lunches with elegance, in the antique noble rooms of the hotel. At the La Palmetta Restaurant, you can dine flavouring regional and international specialities.
PoliteamAffitti Palermo Central - Apartments Palermo
This aparthotel is located in Palermo, and Teatro Politeama, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, and Museo Archeologico Regionale are area attractions. Additional attractions include Martorana. PoliteamAffitti Palermo Central - Apartments features multilingual staff and air conditioning in public areas. Guestrooms have balconies. Televisions are available in guestrooms. Cribs (infant beds) are available on request. 
Ponte Hotel Palermo
Overlooking the sea and the surrounding hill areas, Ponte Hotel Palermo offers a comfortable accommodation and is an ideal place to reside.  Situated centrally, this property gives a beautiful view of the sea and is located about 100 metres from the seaport and 200 metres from the centre town.  The hotel offers 137 comfortable bedrooms, all equipped with air-conditioning and come with a host of modern amenities.  The onsite restaurant proposes a buffet breakfast, comprising a great variety as well as serves lunch and diner, allowing to select between 5 menu. The refined cuisine is typically Sicilian and takes inspiration from local and international specialities.
Vecchio Borgo Hotel Palermo
Past and the present harmoniously mingle to bring you the exclusive Vecchio Borgo Hotel, a property designed to satisfy your every requirement.  The Vecchio Borgo Hotel is located in the historic centre of Palermo, fifty metres from the famous Piazza Politeama.  All rooms are spacious and beautifully designed to give you a sense of peace and comfort throughout your stay.  You can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast and start a wonderful day.  Take delight in the beautiful interior decor of the property that is adorned with antique furnishings and paintings by renowned artists. The property is also a stone's throw from the popular and characteristic Borgo Vecchio, the oldest local market in Palermo
Hilton Villa Igiea Hotel Palermo
A large traditional villa converted into a luxury hotel, this property offers all comforts and facilities that contribute to make your stay in Palermo an enjoyable one.  Perched on a shallow cliff in Sicily overlooking the Sea of Palermo, the Villa Igiea Hotel Palermo is a world-class hotel that is reminiscent of a small castle, where all guests are treated like royalty. Set in fragrant, terraced gardens, this property has been a landmark for more than a century, since its conception by famed architect Ernesto Basile.  The property boasts spacious guestrooms and suites that are pleasantly decorated as well as equipped with modern in-room amenities, providing the utmost comfort to the guests.  The on-site restaurant serves delectable Mediterranean cuisine that pleases the most discriminating diners.
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