Bed and Breakfast Casa Nova

Via Tripoli 17, Palermo, 90100, Italy
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Palermo weather in March

by Kat&Debs

hello all,

would someone who is lucky enough to live in Palermo let me know what kind of weather could we expect there at the beginning of March? we are planning to go for a long weekend to escape London's grey skies!!
thank you so much!!!

Re: Palermo weather in March

by domenicococozza

Hi, Although we don't live in Sicily, my wife and I have been holidaying there for more than 30 years. The weather in Palermo in March is usually anything between 50 and 65 degrees. It can feel a bit chilly in the evenings.
Hope this helps

Re: Palermo weather in March

by lforrro

I work in Palermo and live close in a village by the sea. The weather in March is warmer then in London I suppose. I came here from Holland and for us the hole winter was like what we used to call spring :-) I could be around 20 Celsius degrees during the day and colder at nights.
Anyway Palermo is a beautiful city and in March will be a pleasure to walk around without the heat above your heads and without million tourists assaulting the museums.You should consider that 23 of March will be the catholic Easter and the atmosphere will be even more interesting but also crowded and 19th March is San Giuseppe which is also an important religious day here in Siciliy.
And if you want to eat in a special place you should go to "Il covo dei Beati Paolo" in Piazza Marina. Food is great, wines are really good, the place looks mysterious and the service is perfect. Is not cheap, but is also not expensive. We paid with 2 of us 60 euro's for a night, a bottle of 15 euro's wine included.
Have a nice holiday,
Laura

Re: Palermo weather in March

by Kat&Debs

thank you very much!!!
we thought of maybe posponing the Sicillian holiday until middle of May, should the weather then be hot? I mean, swimming in the sea, sunbathing, warm nights...? also, are the beaches sandy and good for swimming? we would be flying to Palermo and would like to travel around a bit, too. When holidaying we like to hire a scooter/car and travel around a bit for few days, is this quite easy to do in Sicily? also, how expensive are the restaurants, drinks, etc.?
we went to Sardinia last year and absolutely loved it, but want to discover another island...
thanks for your help, much appreciated!!!

Re: Palermo weather in March

by domenicococozza

May is the perfect month to visit Sicily. Warm evenings and sunny days.
There are beaches to be found in the Palermo area, but we have always found the east coast beaches to be the best. Cefalu on the north coast also has a reasonably good beach.

Re: Palermo weather in March

by Kat&Debs

thank you - east coast, where abouts? could you please mention some resorts with great beaches, not too touristy..and how far from Palermo airport are they? thank you so much for all your advice!!!

Re: Palermo weather in March

by domenicococozza

Sicily is not known for its beaches. The nearest large beach to Palermo is in Mondello. There are lots of small beaches and you will find them everywhere.
Unfortunately, because of the lack of good, clean beaches, the better ones are usually crowded. The next nearest large beach is in Cefalu(about 1 hour's drive along the north coast from Palermo). We prefer the east coast beaches of Giardini Naxos and Taormina, but they are both about 2.5 hours away by car.
There is also a lovely small beach at Castallamare del Golfo. I'm sure there must be more, but these are the ones I know.

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General information on Sicily (italian version)

by Propermark

La Sicilia è la regione più vasta d'Italia, ed è bagnata dal Tirreno, dallo Ionio e dal Canale di Sicilia.E' circondata da molte isole: le Eolie, Ustica, le Egadi, Marsala, le Pelagie e Pantelleria. Molti sono i fiumi con scarso corso e i monti, tra cui l'Etna che con i suoi 3.263 m che è il più grande vulcano attivo d' Europa. La regione è grande produttrice di vini, olive, agrumi, legumi, ortaggi, cotone, tabacco, cereali e frutta, diffuso è anche l'allevamento di bovini, ovini, suini. Meta ambita per i turisti grazie agli stabilimenti balneari e alle bellezze naturali e archeologiche.

Grotta dell`Addura

by isolina_it

This is the place on top of Monte Pellegrino where it is said that Santa Rosalia retreated to be a hermit and where you can see the Church built on top of the cave.
It is a place of extreme stillness and religious feeling and unique in the world as the sanctuary where the altar is has been carved in the cave.

Re-sanctified beauty

by mikey_e

The Cattedrale di Palermo is another church that was constructed in the general effort to wipe out any trace of Muslim influence in Catholic countries. It was begun in 1185 on the site of an earlier basilica that the Saracens had converted into a Mosque. The church has undergone repeated "restorations", the last of which was done in 1781, which were actually thinly veiled attempts to change the very essence of the building. The right hand side of the Cathedral, which is the entrance, is in Catalan Gothic form and dates from about 1465. The earliest part of the Cathedral is actually the apse, which dates from the 1100s. The south-west side dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, which the copula is a work of the Florentine Fuga, who undertook the 18th century "renovations". Inside, the Cathedral is in a Latin cross form with three naves. The towers date from Norman times (there are four of them) and are near the copula (although, clearly, unrelated to it).

In all, this Cathedral is too complex to describe clearly in a such a small space, largely because it is not a cohesive, single effort but represents the changing political fortunes of the island and the various influences on its culture and art. More than anything, however, visiting the Cathedral is the only means of properly appreciating just how large and spectacular it is, particularly if you go early and are one of the few people there.

Restoring la Kalsa

by TheWanderingCamel

When the Saracen Emirs of Palermo built a citadel close to the sea and lived there with their court and ministers the area was known as al Halisah, meaning the elect or the pure. With the arrival of the Normans, the area remained the city's main Arab quarter. Time saw the quarter's name change to la Khalesa and then la Kalsa and even today the atmosphere is considered the most Arab-influenced area of the city.

Badly damaged by Allied bombing during World War ll, large areas were demolished and the rubble thrown into the sea. Decades of neglect saw the whole quarter becoming so run-down, squalid and poverty-stricken, Mother Theresa was driven to compare it to the third world when she visited the city. Whether her words were the sole catalyst for change is debatable but the last few years have seen a huge injection of money and effort into restoring the quarter and what was once an area of the city to be avoided is rapidly becoming a "must-see" for visitors.

The Porte dei Greci (the Greek Gate) is regarded as the main entrance to the quarter - it opens into the Piazza della Kalsa, a pretty green space with the inevitable grand baroque church - Santa Teresa alla Kalsa. I was more interested in the snails being boiled up in large copper cauldrons but I'll write about those under Local Customs.

A wedding party (one of at least a dozen we encountered in Sicily - this one saw a flock of white doves being released - a pretty sight that added something of a mediaeval touch to an already mediaeval churchyard) kept us out of the 12th century Chiesa della Trinità on the Piazza Magione. This was one of the last buildings completed in the Norman Kingdom and, although there have been alterations and restorations through the centuries, it's still very obviously Norman.

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by davidcross

Sicily is special. There are so many different civilisations who have left top class remains.
As for the food - the mouth waters at the thought of it.
Best tO stay in more than one place but Palermo must be one of them - for Arab-Norman remains it must surely lead the world - and Greek ones could be visited on a trip out - and Roman - and - - - but just go there!
(Photo - mosaic of Orpheus and creatures from the Archaeolgical Museum)

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