map of Europe
map of Italy
Quick Tour Of Italy - Palermo, Sicily
Sicily - a Roman treasure trove
suite (Ref: 30384), Self catering apartment in Palermo, Italy
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.
map of Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Quick Tour Of Italy - Palermo, Sicily by Levi Reiss
Palermo Hotels / Sicily
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
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.
|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.
/ Featured Palermo Hotels /
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 http://www.travelitalytravel.com
which focuses on local wine and food.
HOTELS IN PALERMO, SICILY, ITALY
browsing Palermo Hotels in Sicily, Italy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.