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From the temple to the beach

Sicily | The Italian Mediterranean island Sicily does not only offer summer, sun and lovely beaches but also many cultural highlights. A compulsory point on each itinerary for a Sicily vacation are the countless testimonies of past times that a spread out across the island. Some examples include the world famous „Valley of the Temples“ in Agrigent with the structures more than 2,500 years old and are testament of Greek settlement on this island during the ancient times. Besides this also well preserved remains of antique structures can be visited in Syrakus oder Catania which are equally appealing.

Those who need to cool down after these historical adventures will find many places to do so along the more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline. In the north and east you will mainly find steep cliffs and rocks towering above the sea with a number of picturesque bays lying in-between them. The southwestern part is flatter and characterised by beautiful beach strips.

Sicily has though much more to offer than just temples and beaches. Explore some of the interesting smaller and larger towns such as Palermo, Messina, Ragusa, Trapani or Taormina. Alternatively go on a boat tour that will take you to the Aeolian Islands and Aegadian Islands or Malta that is also not that far away.

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Dancing on a volcano

Sicily is not only the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea but also has the highest and most active volcanoes in Europe – Etna that you can explore up close on your vacation to Sicily. There are a number of guided hiking tours offered that take you to summit craters, lava fields and places where eruptions occur frequently. You should not miss out on this exciting tour. The hikes usually take place between mid May until the end of October. But one must be careful: It is important to remember the Etna is still an active volcano. Inform yourself when there of the present dangers and options to explore the area in one of the many information centres.

Those who want more volcanic action will not want to miss out on guided tours to the Volcano Islands Volcano and Stromboli situated north of the coast of Sicily. Particularly the very active Stromboli offers a great spectacle as one can observe eruptions of red lava nearly every minute or hour. Both islands are part of the island group Aeolian Islands and there are regular connections from Messina and Milazzo.

If you have now become fascinated by volcanoes then you might want to pop over to the mainland and explore Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples which is another famous volcano. It is by no means as active as those on Sicily though it is not extinct and there is speculation whether it could erupt again soon. The potential devastation such an eruption could cause can be seen in the famous ruins of the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum that were engulfed by lava in 79 AD. A visit to Mount Vesuvius could be incorporated within journey to and back from a holiday home vacation on Sicily. There are regular ferries that operate between Naples or Salerno and the Sicilian ports of Palermo and Catania.
 

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4.6 out of 5 (29 Customer reviews)
1 The holiday homes and apartments in in Palermo have been rated by 29 customers, scoring 4.6 out of 5 houses, on average.

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Total rating of Palermo

4.4 out of 5 (38 Customer reviews)
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  • 5.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 10/06/2016, travel period: May 2016

    “Palermo is always worth a visit!”

    This review has been given for property no. 494382 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 5.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer has submitted the following rating
    on 15/05/2016

    highly recommended

    This review has been given for property no. 494382

  • 4.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 06/05/2016

    “Palermo is living history and beautiful. There is much to see and explore. Those looking for absolute peace is wrong in Palermo, can here but some experience. By car, train or bus ride from the countryside or at beautiful beaches.”

    This review has been given for property no. 623866 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 3.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 26/02/2016

    “Palermo is in some ways a very exciting city to explore. But at the same time also a very hectic and chaotic. Traffic in Palermo is a chapter of its own, it is totally hectic and overwhelming. It may not mean the world because you can easily walk to most sights from this property.
    It is recommended to order a City guide, there are a lot of Palerma. We booked a for a whole day and it was a super experience. However, a guide comes around to the right places and get a good explanation of what you see. Spar not this expense - it is worth every penny.
    Choose maybe not exactly Palermo in the hottest time of year - take it in April / May or late August and September.
    But Sicily and Palermo can be recommended.”

    This review has been given for property no. 362848 The review of the area has been automatically translated from Danish. Back to the original language

  • 3.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 14/11/2015, travel period: October 2015

    “Enough shops and eateries etc. in the neighborhood. For the youth to do less but the beach house and make a lot of good. Palermo itself is a beautiful city with beautiful historic buildings and alleys. Very noisy, crowded and dirty. Mondello itself is quieter, greener and more luxurious. Sicily is beautiful. Lots to see, beautiful mountains, Mount Etna, beautiful cities. Come back there for sure.”

    This review has been given for property no. 244394 The review of the area has been automatically translated from Dutch. Back to the original language


This is how holiday rental owners described Palermo

Very close to Palermo, near the Railway Station Tommaso Natale connecting with frequent rides Palermo Centrale and airport Punta Raisi, you can admire the historical and artistic beauties of the Sicilian Capital and the wonders of Capo Gallo, Isle of females, Mondello and Sferracavallo . Within a few meters, the ...
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area is served by pharmacy, tobacconist, bars, restaurants, fast typical Palermo, internet point, pizzerias, food, cinema, spas, hairdressers.
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source: Bombaci Servizi s.a.s. di Bombaci Gianluca & c.
The Residence Abside is located in one of the oldest areas of the historical center of Palermo, a few meters from the majestic Teatro Massimo and the Quattro Canti.

This recently renovated residence is near the arch of the apse survivor of a church built in the sixteenth century, by ...
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the hands of the workers of the butchers, which was destroyed in 1943 by bombing in the Second World War, it remains just a portal reused for the Church of Santa Chiara.

In the subsurface of the flowing streams and aqueducts of the old Arab city ending at the sea, you will experience the smells of the classic Sicilian cuisine, a neighborhood full of colors, sounds and lived authentically ethnic. A piece of history unfolds in the streets that lead to this building convenient to reach, provided with new and comfortable apartments, ideal for families visiting the Sicilian capital.
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source: Caramanno
The area where the apartment is situated is referred to as "Olivella" and is comprised within the streets Via Cavour, Via Bandiera, Via Maqueda and Via Roma. The Very heart of the city. Main architectural symbol in the area is the famed"Teatro Massimo" built in 1875 and being one of ...
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the biggest in Europe (7700 suqare meters) although many more are the important monuments in the vicinities. The area at night, it becomes a meeting point for university student and it's quite lively. In the vicinities you find the typical hystorical markets "Vucciria", "Capo" and "Ballarò" renown both for their colours and typical "souk feel" as well as for their affordable prices and good quality. Within reach is also the archeological museum with the famous collection of metopes from the sicilian greek colony of Selinunte. From this apartment you can virtually walk to 80% of the city's main attractions, shopping areas and travelling infrastructure.
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source: Mellina
Mondello, lays along an enchanting gulf, near Palermo in Italy, between Monte Pellegrino and Capo Gallo; it is the most important seaside resort in Sicily. In the last decade, it went through an extraordinary touristic development. It offers a lot of entertainment activities. The town of Mondello with its quite ...
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temperated weather even in winter, is one of the most popular seaside resorts. In the far north of the bay, there is a picturesque fishing village. In the centre of Mondello a Saracen tower and the ruins of an old castle stand out on the seafront. The earliest traces of man and his creativity in the area around Mondello date back to the last part of the high paleolithic period, when evidences of a primitive civilization were discovered in Monte Pellegrino above Mondello. Twelve thousand years ago High Paleolithic man lived in these caves in front of the beautifull Tirrenian Sea on Monte Pellegrino.


Palermo
Palermo is the capitol of Sicily, with about 730.000 inhabitants the biggest town on the island and has its own airport. Palermo is situated on the northwest side of Sicily in a bay, surrounded by two foot-hills. Unfortunately Palermo has a negative image like nearly no other town, everybody who hears Palermo thinks about the mafia immediately, which is existing of course but not visible for the common tourist. But Palermo has a lot to offer to tourists and looks back to a long history.

In Palermo, you can find numerous testimonies which show the different culture’s effect on the town. Characteristic stile signs from the antique, the Arabs and the Normans sum up to a unique mixture which demonstrates Sicily’s history chiselled in stone. This is in complete contrast to poverty, which you unfortunately can see at many places in the town. So Palermo today is the town with the highest unemployment rate in Italy.
Palermo Hafen

Palermo Gassen

Picture left: the harbour of Palermo
Picture right: streets of Palermo
Streets of Palermo
Side road of Via Roma in Palermo

Front in Palermo
Many buildings in Palermo show considerable signs of decay at their front.

Church in Palermo
On the other hand, Palermo is rich at beautiful churches.

Souvenir Shop in Palermo
A typical souvenir shop

Sights in Palermo
In Palermo, it is worth to visit the cathedral, the Palazzo dei Normanni, and especially the Capella Palatina, in which beautiful Byzantine wall mosaics can be admired. Besides, the archaeological museum on the Piazza Olivella is very interesting and people interested in art can get their money’s worth in the Galeria Regionale Siciliana, where works of Sicilian artists are exhibited.

Quatro Canti
The busy crossing of the Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele is also called Quatro Canti (translated this means “four corners”). It is the centre of the old town and therefore the ideal starting point for discovering Palermo’s various sights. In each corner of the place you can find a swung baroque facing; the Quatro Canti were set up by the Spanish Guilio Lasso in the year 1608. At this point, the four quarters of Palermo meet: “Capo” in the west with its cathedral, in the north “Vucciria” with its market and the access to the old harbour, La Cala. In the East you can find “Kalsa”, the name descends from the Arabian word “khalisa” which means “clean” but this name does not really seem to fit, the houses in the small lanes look more decayed than they are clean. You shouldn’t take a walk in the lonely side lanes after it has begun to turn dark, though also here in the past few years the situation turned better and a few bars and restaurants have opened in the quarter. The last of the 4 quarters is “Albergheria” in the South, here are the Norman palace, the Piazza Pretoria and the famous church La Martorana.
Quatro Canti
A quarter of Quatro Canti

Statue Quatro Canti
A statue which is decorating one of the four buildings

Quatro Canti
The Quatro Canti are the centre of Palermo’s old town.
Palermo - Fountain of Shame

Palermo - Fountain of Shame

Fountain of Shame - Palermo

Piazza Pretoria in Palermo
In the centre of the Piazza Pretoria there is the Fontana Pretoria (Pretoria well), which made Palermo’s residents start a lot of discussions. It was designed in 1554 by the sculptor Francesco Camilliani, who was coming from Florence, and when the fountain was uncovered it very quickly got the surname “fountain of shame”. The nudity of the figures was a little too much for Palermo’s residents. The fountain consists of many various figures and offers some very beautiful sights. Besides on this place there is also the Chiesa di Santa Catarina, with a really interesting baroque front, as well as the town hall (Palazzo Pretorio).

Row of pictures above and left: About the fountain (Fontana) Pretoria on the Piazza Pretoria there was discussed a lot in former times because of the nude statues.

La Martorona
La Martorona is a very remarkable church in Palermo. By this church built during the middleages, you can recognize easily the mixture of Arabian and Norman as well as Byzantine and Baroque stile, the outside is equipped with four red cupolas from Arabian times. The bell tower from Arabian and Norman time is decorated with some really beautiful Byzantine mosaics. The original name of this church was Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’ Ammiraglio, it was renamed in the year 1433 by the Spanish king Alfonse of Aragon.

The Norman Palace of Palermo
The Norman Palace in Palermo was already built up in the 9th century AD and then was extended later on by the Normans; inside you can find Palermo’s biggest treasure: the Capella Palatina, a chapel of extraordinary beauty, a testimony of the unique Arabian-Norman style, decorated by Byzantine mosaics. At the first sight, it seems there are pictures, but when taking a second look you find out the plastic representations are put together from little mosaic stones. Just to see this chapel makes is worth to come here. But the palace still has more to offer, in the ground floor old walls from Phoenician and Greek time are exhibited and the royal bedrooms are definitely worth a visit. They can only be visited during a guided tour. Then the bedrooms of the king are shown, a Chinese room and the government hall.
Interior court of the Palazzo dei Normanni
Interior court of the Palazzo dei Normanni

Mosaics on the outside of the Capella Palatina
Mosaics on the outside of the Capella Palatina

Palermo – Capella Palatina inside
Capella Palatina inside
Capella Palatina

Capella Palatina

Capella Palatina

The wall’s golden brightness and the dusty twilight are giving the Capella Palatina its special charme.
Right: further pictures of the inside of the Capella Palatina

Capella Palatina

Capella Palatina

Capella Palatina
Mosaics in the Capella Palatina
Mosaics in the Capella Palatina

Palazzo dei Normanni
Walls from Greek time in the cellar vault of the Palazzo dei Normanni

Interior court Palazzo dei Normanni
The Interior court of the Palazzo dei Normanni

The Cathedral of Palermo
The Cathedral of Palermo should be visited in any case; the different architectural styles give the building a unique style and a special flair, though experts in architecture maybe look at this building less enthusiastically. The Arabian touch of the decorations give a strange beauty to the building and also the interior of Palermo’s cathedral has a lot to offer: here you can find some royal graves. Left of the main door there are four sarcophaguses. Here are the mortal remains of Roger 2nd, Heinrich 6th, Friedrich 2nd (who originally wanted to get interred in the cathedral of Cefalú and not in Palermo) and his mother Constance de Hauteville. This part can be viewed against the fee of 1 Euro (March 2007), somebody who also wants to admire the crypt and the treasures of the cathedral has to pay 1, 50€ more and can astonish crosses that are set with jewels and bishop’s caps. Besides there are exhibited some holy relicts, e.g. a piece of bone of the upper arm of the Holy Agathe and a tooth of the Holy Agathe. Small stairs lead then from this room to the crypt in which you can admire sarcophaguses from different ages.
Cathedral of Palermo
The Cathedral of Palermo

Cathedral of Palermo

Frescos above the portal of the cathedral
Frescos above the portal of the cathedral

The archaeological museum in Palermo (Museo Archeologoco Regionale)

A further highlight in the town is the archaeological museum in Palermo; it is one of the most important museums of its kind in Europe. In this exhibition, there are findings from Hellenistic time, the biggest collection of anchors and findings from archaeological sites from all over the island. The most interesting room is certainly the “Sala di Selinunte”; here findings from Selinunte, which is situated at the south coast, are exhibited.

The international museum of puppets
You find them everywhere in souvenir shops: the small puppets, knights with their metal arming. The tradition goes back into the 18th century and was brought to the island by the Spain. The presentations were very popular especially with the simple people who suffered many reprisals – here they could entertain themselves with stories about knights and dames and forget about their daily life. The international museum of puppets in the Via Buttera exhibits some very nice specimens which are a must for puppet fans. On Friday afternoon there are also held performances.

Safety in Palermo
In advance, one thing should be said: Palermo has become safer in any case, especially because of the redevelopment of the old town and massive presence of the police. Anyway there is still a risk to become a victim of theft and robbery. As a tourist you should follow some rules: no things of value should be worn visible (it is advisable to wear a money belt under your clothes), and you should avoid lonely areas and streets which are lighted badly; in Palermo there is still a lot of poverty, and where there is poverty, crime unfortunately isn’t far away.

Palermo’s history
The history of Palermo goes far back, the first bigger settlement was already built up 800 years BC, the town named Ziz was constructed in the area of a prehistoric town. During that time, Palermo was one of the most important towns for the Phoenicians on Sicily. But the real flowering time should come by far later. Neither under the Romans who where coming after the Phoenicians and who saw Sicily more or less only as a big granary, nor under the Byzantines Palermo showed its true potential. It was the Arabians under which Palermo experienced its first heyday. For them, the port town with its position was ideal as a commercial centre and reloading point, and in the Islamic world Palermo became one of the most beautiful cities of that time. Under the Normans, which took control over Palermo in the year 1072, Palermo could extend its splendour and became one of the most magnificent towns in Europe. King Roger 1st chose Palermo as his place of reign. The Normans managed to link the Byzantine, Arabian and Norman architectural style to a unique Sicilian-Roman style. Magnificent buildings, like the cathedral and the Norman palace with its Capella Palatina, go back to this time. (Still today the palace is the seat of the government of the autonomous region of Sicily). Also under the following reign of the Hohenstauffens’ Friedrich 2nd, Palermo blossomed out and became the navel of that times’ Europe. Only after Friedrich’s death the slow decent of the town began, after the short reign of the court of Anjou, which was stamped by suppression and enormous tax burdens for the Sicilians, which ended up in the Sicilian vesper that once started in Palermo. The legend says the revolt was started because a Sicilian girl was raped on Easter Monday; afterwards the rebels started moving through the streets and lynched every French soldier they could find. The rebellion extended further and the Sicilian nobility formed an alliance with the Spain which after a war lasting for 20 years took control over Sicily and ruled the island for more than 500 years. Under the Spanish reign, Palermo step by step lost its importance, a decay which lasted until the 20th century. During the 2nd world war, Palermo suffered a lot from the allies’ bombing and when after the 2nd world war the reconstruction started, a lot of money went into the mafia’s pocket which had got control over the building trade. So in the outskirts of Palermo extraordinary ugly areas were built up, and in countermove the restoration of the architectural treasures of the town was neglected. Violence and Crime were blooming in the city and Palermo’s bad reputation spread out all over Europe. Palermo still today shows a lot of scars from that time, but the reconstruction has started and the city has become by far safer. Massive police presence and the progressive fight against the mafia show their effects and now Palermo’s future is looking more pleasant.
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source: Palmeri
Sicily is one of the biggest islands of Italy.
It is worldwide known both for its wonderful natural scenery and for its culture, art and traditions.
Once you get there you can enjoy the mountain experience as well as the sea life in the many villages and towns along its ...
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beautiful coasts.
Food and traditions will complete your fascinating stay in this amazing region!

Palermo and its province is one of the most attractive area of the entire region.
It's here that the many foreigner dominations have left the sign of their passage making of these places some of the most suggestive and unique in the world.
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source: A&T architettura e territorio Srl

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