Al Borgo Fiorito

Via Benedetto Gravina, 59, Palermo, 90139, Italy

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    A gem in the midst of chaos!


    This was, without doubt, a gem of a find after trawling through endless websites whilst still in the UK. We booked to stay here for one night before catching the ferry to Ustica the next day and we liked it so much that we stayed another night on our return to Palermo. The rooms are immaculately clean - there are only three and the shower room is shared but this was not a problem as it too was pristine. All rooms are tastefully decorated with many original features such as tiled floors, coved ceilings, and balcony shutters. Breakfast is served at whatever time you choose. The location is a ten minute walk to the Quattro Canti (Four Corners) in the heart of the old city. There are also plenty of decent bars and restaurants to choose from.

    Highly recommended for those on a smaller budget.

    Unique Quality: The hostess, Sandrine Mazzola, is one of the most hospitable I've met anywhere on my travels and will do literally anything to help you including arranging guarded parking for our hire car whilst we were in Ustica. If in doubt give her a ring - she will be only too pleased to help and speaks French and English too as she used to be a travel agent before starting her business.

    I loved the original tiled floors in this old palazzo-style building and the decorative wrought iron balconies that came with each room where you can sit and just watch the chaos below. The area quietens down around 11pm so there is no problem sleeping either.

    Directions: One of the roads leading up from the harbour and extremely handy if you are boarding a ferry to anywhere else, including Ustica.

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Forum Posts

getting to marsala

by irene418

I am traveling on a cruise that docks in Palermo for about 8 hours. I would like to get my mother and godmother who are traveling with me to their families birthplace in Marsala. Is there a bus, train or other mode of transportation that would make this possible.

RE: 8 hours

by formica

other mode of transportation - rent a car. +calculate a time you will spend in traffic jams

RE: RE: getting to marsala

by irene418

How about a ferry or hydro-foil between the port of Palermo and the port in Marsala? Do they exist?

RE: getting to marsala

by Marianne2

There's both bus and train service from Palermo, although I don't have schedules. If you can get to nearby Trapani, there are about 6-8 buses to Marsala a day. However, I'd recommend a rental car. Once you get out of traffic-prone Palermo, the countryside is marvelous on the way to the northwest coast!

RE: getting to marsala

by khanguet

Rent a car would be the best option, once out of Palermo it would take about an hour and a half to get there on the autostrada, divided road almost all the way. Lovely drive also

Travel Tips for Palermo

If you wanna understand...

by SirRichard

If you wanna understand a little better Sicilia, take a look at the movie 'The Godfather', by F.F.Coppola; if possible, the 3 parts.
Inevitably the dark lure of The Honorable Society hangs over Palermo and it's tempting to believe every dapper chap with a shiny suit is a Don. You can visit (or stay in) the Hotel Grande Albergo & Delle Palme on Via Roma, where Lucky Luciano kept a suite and 'the five families' divided up the world's drug trade in October 1957. You can see Ucciardone, the gaunt and daunting Bourbon prison said to house 400 mafiosi.
You can even make the trek out to the infamous mountain town of Corleone (about 50 kms. south of Palermo), but the locals must be fed up with prurient tourists.
Instead, the most powerful monument to the legacy of the mafia is on a nondescript traffic island in Piazza XIII Vittime. Here tattered banners, like so many Buddhist prayer flags, fly to honor those who've given their lives in the fight against this insidious Sicilian cancer.

The best bar is BAR ALBA where...

by Ruthy2001

The best bar is BAR ALBA where you can tast award winning ice cream - (nut is the nicest flavour!) arrancine - a sicilian speciality - its a type of rice ball with ham and cheese inside bery tasty but not for a hot day.

San Cataldo

by pecsihornet

It is a notable example of Norman architecture.
Founded around 1160 by admiral Majone di Bari, in the 18th century the church was used as a post office. In the 19th century it was restored and brought back to a form more similar to the original Mediaeval edifice.
The ceiling has three characteristics red, bulge domes.
The interior has a nave with two aisles. The naked walls are faced by spolia columns with Byzantine style arcades. The pavement is the original one and has a splendid mosaic decoration. Also original is the main altar.
Because of its cosiness I liked it so much!


by TheWanderingCamel

Even if you are the totally averse to churches and grand architecture, it's unthinkable to visit Palermo and not make the trip out to Monreale to see what most people consider the finest building on the whole island and one of the greatest cathedrals in the world.

Monreale - a building of such splendour and artistry that it must be considered one of the true glories of all the Middle Ages. Its exterior is a blend of Norman (Romanesque) solidity in its structure and Arab fluidity in its decoration. The interior is a mediaeval vision of heaven where mosaics cover every surface with extraordinarily detailed scenes from both the Old and the New Testament, the lives of saints and portraits of Christ, his disciples and the fathers of the church,all depicted against a golden background , the universal symbol at this time of the light of heaven. Standing in the midst of all this glory is like standing in the centre of a jewel box and everywhere you look there's another precious gem.

When you've had enough of all this gold and dazzling colour, make your way to the cathedral's cloister and enter a totally different apect of mediaeval religious life. The two buildings could not be more dissimilar and yet they are totally contemporary. Not only is it likely to be blissfully quiet after the crowds in the cathedral, it's here that you begin to appreciate just how intertwined Arab and Norman culture and taste were at the time this place was built.

Monreale's cloister, with its multitude of slender carved and mosaic-patterned columns has more in common with Moorish Spain than the cloisters of Normandy or England. Lively scenes of both Biblical and Classical tales are carved into the column's capitals. Make sure you walk right around the cloister - if you don't, you could miss the the exquisite private little cloisters in the far corner - and that would be a shame.

Before you leave Monreale, if time permits, venturing away from the immediate precinct of the Cathedral has its rewards. There are some marvellous views to be had from the higher reaches of the town, lower down the small squares and narrow streets have their own charm - and some pleasant cafes and gelaterias.

The diversity of Palermo

by Alice-Kees

Welcome to my travelogue on Palermo! Here you will find photos of the highlights of Palermo, a city often avoided by tourists because its reputation of being a dangerous place full of pickpockets and maffiosi. We found Palermo a very exciting city, with a mixture of different cultures and very friendly people. Please have a look at the pictures and amaze yourself!


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