Palermo diary – Hot things to do in Palermo & beyond…!
If you or friends should be coming to Sicily please, please come to Palermo & I recommend staying at Butera 28
– via butera www.butera28.it
My favourite unit is Unit 9 with its decks with view of the sea. Then 13, then 11 and 12 would be my next …
Butera 28 is in the best spot in the old part of town with everything just a short walk away.
When booking tell the Duchess Nicoletta I sent you and if she is around she will give you a personal tour of her fabulous Palazzo.
ps one simply must book her cooking class, tis a fab day! ( see earlier blog )
Day trips – beyond Palermo
Depending on your length of stay with us we have some recommendations:
- Red hop-on hop-off bus tour is great way of seeing our beautiful city one can jump off jump on at desired locations. There are 2 routes, your ticket is valid for 24 hours, ticket price is 20€ per person (for both routes).
- Monreale -30 mins by bus or car (secure car park available) www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it. Getting there easy taxi or bus leaves from opposite Stazione Centrale. (Be warned: bus may be crammed and that’s when pick pockets take advantage but don’t be uptight about this, just be aware…).
The stunning cathedral is a must see! It is worth spending a few hours here soaking up ambiance and looking at the truly amazing mosaics. Be sure to go to back of church and pay 2 euro and go up to the roof top of cathedral for an awesome view of Palermo.
- Mondello beach – 30 mins away (806 bus from Piazza Don Sturzo) or 15/20 mins by car. A truly lovely seaside resort town, you can dine right on beach, enjoy gelato whilst people watching.
- Cefalu – a must do! Only 1 hour by train, Messina line from Stazione Centrale www.trenitalia.it. A charming seaside village we adore. The Cathedral and quaint shops all worthy of you enjoying. Must dine down on the foreshore, there couple of restaurants with balconies at the rear where one can soak up view of sea and town with scrummy seafood. Hire a sun lounger and umbrella (10 euros) or just use your towel on public part of beach, enjoy a massage on the beach whilst sunbaking.
- Agrigento – 2 hours away by bus/ train/ car:
- bus company www.cuffaro.info (running Monday – Saturday)
- train www.trenitalia.it (not recommended on Sundays)
This stunning Valley of the Temples (Greek) well worth a visit. One can take train or bus – 2 hours (Monday – Saturday) (bus drops you near)
- Trapani 1 1/2 to 2 hours away by bus or train (best by car, so one can stop when one desires). Historical town:
– Museum with biggest coral collection in the world
– Salt flats outside town with natural reserve and flamingos
- Erice a medieval town on top of the hill, a slight detour and worthy of a look
- Segesta Ancient Greek temple and theatre
Walking tours of the city or out of town trips with your personal guide and driver can be arranged as well…
Palermo dining here’s some favorites…
- L’Ottava Nota Restaurant directly across the street from Butera28, lovely stylish contemporary Sicilian food only 34 seater so best book! (if you are staying at Butera28 be sure to use 25% discount card)
- Da Salvo trattoria loud fun outdoor fresh fish restaurant, Fish so so fresh!
- Two yummy pastry shops Rosanero and Bar Touring
- Day Spa and roof top restaurant at Hotel Porta Felice across the street
- Kursaal Kalhesa – wine bar, book shop, restaurant within an old Palazzo on Esplanade – 21, Foro Umberto…. fabulous for drink
- Best vegetarian restaurants the Myrtle and the Rose and Bistro The Freschette
- Cioccolateria Lorenzo, Via Quattro Aprile 7 fantastic chocolate shop and tearoom (no chocolate in summer but fabulous cakes!)
- Best Pizza restaurant Mudù Via Enrico Albanese 26 across the street from Palermo jail !
- A’ Cala on via Cala an open air cafe see pic…
- Antica Gelateria Patricola directly behind Butera 28 on Esplanade – 6, Foro Umberto I
- Enoteca Cana, via Alloro 105, wine shop and wine bar, open from 6:30pm, serving also bistro food
- Foro Italico Gadir. Via della Spasimo 44 Elegant refined dining offering Sicilian and international food
Palermo shopping here’s some favorites…
Giovanni Vallone Via Calascibetta 22 www.giovannivallone.it
Handmade leather goods ie Handbags,belts
Casa Merlo Corso Vittorio Emanuele 231www.casamerlo.it
Best selection of Sicilian pottery and ceramics
Officine Achab Via Alloro 13 www.officineachab.com
Designer clothes and knick- knacks
Our hidden jewel
Stanze Al Genio Via Garibaldi 11 www.stanzealgenio.it
Stunning private collection of ancient maiolica tiles
Viewing by appointment +39 340 0971561
Enjoy and, in Sicily, if things don’t go to plan just sit relax have a vino, gelato or coffee and enjoy the adventure….