With its layers of cultural heritage, reflected within the Sicilian language comprised of 11 dialects, Palermo is one of the great art cities of Italy
. Consider hiring one of the horse-drawn carriages
that line up on the Via Maqueda at Piazza Pretoria
. Well-known for its fertile lands with citrus groves, Palermo is located on the north-west coast of Sicily on the Gulf of Palermo
With a pleasant stroll around the centre of town, or by taking advantage of a bus pass, discover the treasures hidden in this capital city. The size and beauty of the ancient palace, Palazzo dei Normanni
, is one of the best things to see. The peaceful chapel, Cappella Palatina
, located in Piazza Independenz has several beautiful mosaics. Relax in the gardens of San Giovanni Degli Eremiti
, the site of an old church ruin. A short-distance away, the little village of Montreale offers a hill-side location for a breath-taking view of the ocean
. Villa rentals as your holiday-home accommodations, offer tranquil settings with convenient amenities. Perhaps condo rentals such as apartments in a town or a beach-side accommodation will be your lodging of choice. Owner Direct Vacation Rentals
offers rentals directly from owners. Pick an Italian villa, large enough for a family reunion or a wedding celebration.
Are you travelling solo or with a companion? Villas often have apartments as part of the resident owner’s family mansion.
A well-loved art form of today, puppetry is displayed in the International Puppet Museum, Museo Internazionale delle Marionette
in Palermo. All of the puppets are handmade antiques, some of them centuries old, from Sicily as well as other parts of Italy. Most were used at one time in the opera de pupi
. Immerse yourself in the local flavours of the region.
After a day of taking in the sites, In the kitchen of your vacation rental, all the tools you need to prepare meals, or to make a cup of coffee to enjoy on the terrace, are available.
Palmero is a city of gardens
. The first public park, the Italianate oasis of Villa Giulia
, was created in 1788. Banyan trees, fig trees and towering palms grace the Giardino Garibaldi
park at Piazza Marina. At the end of the 19th Century, the Giardino Inglese
, the English Gardens, were designed. See the impressive and tallest banyan tree in the Orto Botanico
; the circular water lily pond from 1796 is still here. A few kilometers north of Palermo, is Parco Della Favorita
at the foot of Monte Pellegrino.
Vacation rentals are available world-wide. A variety of accommodations are available: condo rentals, cottages, apartments, and sea-side villa rentals. Owner Direct Vacation Rentals helps you to find the best holiday home for your Italian vacation