Des Palmes Hilton Palermo
Via Roma 398, Palermo, 90139, Italy
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Palermo airport to Castel di Tusa
Can any one help,
Im travelling to Castel di Tusa to stay at Hotel Atelier Sul Mare on Sunday eve, how can i get to there from the airport, as the hotel are charging almost 250 euros for airport pick up.
I understand there are trains but do they run on a Sunday eve,
does anyone know how long it will take and apprx how much???
Re: Palermo airport to Castel di Tusa
Trains do run on Sundays, although the schedules is often reduced for local trains. Your problem is that the last train from Palermo to Tusa departs at 19:05, and the last train from Punta Raisi (the airport) to Palermo to make this connection leaves the airport at 18:00. So, if you can't get to the train at the airport by 18:00, you're out of luck.
To see for yourself, go to www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html and enter "Punta Raisi" for the starting point (this is Parlermo's airport), and "Tusa" for the destination (this is the name of the station at Castel di Tusa).
The trip is about 2 hours and 15 minutes, depending on the connection in Palermo.
Travel Tips for Palermo
Sicilian Salmon Recipe
Palermo presents an impresive range of fresh fishes . While being in Sicily I ate all my lunch at a friend mom's home, and later on I was trying to find the recipes of whatever she was making.
The fresh fishes are easy to cook, the lunch is not complicated, and the taste is simply perfect.
Here are some of the recipes:
Sicilian Salmon Recipe:
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped and crused
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
4 8 ounce Coho Salmon steaks
Remove the salmon from the refrigerator a half hour before cooking. Preheat the broiler. Combine lemon juice, the finely chopped and mashed garlic, and oregano. Cut 4 sheets of aluminum foil into squares larger than the salmon steaks. Brush the squares with olive oil and place on a broiler pan. Whisk the remaining oil and salt into the garlic mixture. Place the salmon steaks on the foil squares and bend up the foil at the sides, topping each with the garlic sauce. With the salmon 2" from the boiler, cook for 4 minutes. Turn the salmon without using juices and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Serve immediately with juice from the foil.
aqua water aqua water aqua
Make sure, you have a bottle of water, some small change and suntan lotion. All 3 are essential. It's blazzing hot from early morning, and the little shop's from which to buy water will probably not have change. The rough guide to Sicily! You will get losed in Palermo! You must have a half decent map on arrival. It is full of essential info on things quintessential to the Palermitani.
Pane e Panelle - again a Sicilian speciality which I have been told comes from its African heritage - its very tasty and appeals to the scottish taste for 'stodge' as far as I can see it is made of chick pea pure, parsley and is deep fried in oil...hmm I feel hungry
Another menu item to be found in the san Francesco bakery is Milze, made of the same ingredients as haggis!!
... and churches simple
Although it was built at the same time, the little church of San Cataldo couldn't be more different from the church it stands right next to on Piazza Bellini. Whilst every surface of the Martorana is embellished with mosaic or fresco, San Cataldo is totally devoid of such surface decoration, the only ornament the carved capitals of the Byzantine columns that were taken from older buildings, the Arabic-style fretwork of the windows and the Cosmati stone mosaic floor. The lack of ornament allows the beauty and complexity of the Norman architecture to show clearly and creates a calm stillness that is most attractive.
The exterior of this church is quite extraordinary - with its three rosy-red domes atop a box-like cube, crenellated roof-line and star-fretted windows, it could easily be mistaken for a mosque or other Muslim building.
The church's interior was not meant to look like this. It was left unfinished when the man who commissioned it - Maio of Bari, an admiral and William l's chief emir (chancellor), the most important man in Sicily after the king, was murdered in 1160. It has had a rather mixed life - at one stage it was used as a post office! but it was fully retored in the late 19th century and was given over to the chivalric order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 1937.
The altar and the Cosmati floor are orginal.
"Two sides of Palermo"
Having lived in Palermo for a year between 2002/2003, I came to appreciate it for it's gruff somewhat dishevelled beauty, an epitome of the whole of Sicily in a way. There is so much beauty intermingled with a fair amount of squalor - the desperate wish to shake off the dark looming shadow of organised crime with the overpowering presence of military and screeching police sirens.
Sometimes I loved it there, sometimes I hated it but in the end I would say that there is so much to capture, enjoy and experience there that it is quite unforgettable. I have returned a couple of times since moving away and each time I think I have forgotten quite how beautiful it can be.
It can be what you want it to be, with great tourist spots, restaurants, cafes and a buzzing cultural life but it can also be a testiment to the slightly decaying urban environments whose grants for redevelopment have never quite gone to the right places.
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Des Palmes Hilton Palermo
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Address: Via Roma 398, Palermo, 90139, Italy