Palazzo Montevago

Via Maqueda, n. 92, Palermo, 90100, Italy
Palazzo Montevago
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Busy Street?

by hawkhead

I think this is a question best answered by a resident of Palermo - is via Vittorio Emanuele a very busy street? I have tried looking at it on Street Map, etc. but of course, these give no idea as to how busy it is! Thank you!

Re: Busy Street?

by Beausoleil

Hi hawkhead. Go to and find Palermo, Italy. The little balloon is right on via Vittorio Emanuele. Pull the little orange man down onto the map and you can walk up and down the street. It doesn't look too busy but it is a very long street so it would be important to check your address and see what the street looks like in that block or area.

The main street through Palermo was a traffic nightmare that we will never forget . . . having driven through it 4 times due to poor signage. We truly saw cars hitting other cars. You go so slowly these are not major accidents, the cars tend to bounce off each other, but it is unnerving . . . at least to us.

Never did find our turn. We finally went back out into the country and came in over the mountains which was MUCH easier. Don't miss the cathedral in Monreale while you are in Palermo. It is stunning.

. . . and have a good trip!

Re: Busy Street?

by hawkhead

Many thanks, Beausoleil. However, I had already gone the 'street map' route and really wanted elaboration, as the street map pictures can be taken at any time, even on a Sunday or Christmas Day when the streets are bound to be quieter. What I really need is a "live street cam"!

Re: Busy Street?

by Beausoleil

I was kind of hoping someone from Palermo would log on and give you a definitive answer. Did you check the Palermo web site to see if there are any live cams? (You probably did; you're so efficient.)

If you can avoid the E90 through town, you will have a much more pleasant vacation. ;^)

Bonne chance.

Re: Busy Street?

by hawkhead

Thank you, Beausoleil. Haven't managed to track down a live cam, yet! I think all the VTers in Palermo must be on vacation! Thankfully, we are relying on public transport and shanks mare - so much easier on the nerves!!

Re: Busy Street?

by Michael99

Yes, Vittorio Emanuele is a very busy street during the day. In the evening it quiets down quite a bit.

Travel Tips for Palermo

"The Insides of an Ox"

by Traveler342

I have no idea what it is called, and I'm not even sure what it really is, but I had some sort of sandwich from a street vendor that kind of resembled stir-fried liver. I have to admit I was skeptical as I watched the guy scoop out the strips of something I couldn't quite recognize (I remember thinking, is that eel? mushroom? liver?)

But the lady next to me said it was a specialty of Palermo, and she had just asked the street-car-guy to make about 20 of them for her to take home to a party, so I figured they can't be all bad if someone in that dress is serving them to guests. She couldn't remember the name in English, but she said it was "the insides of an ox". mmmm.... Actually, she was right, it was really tasty.

Antica Focacceria San...

by cielazzurro

Antica Focacceria San Francesco
This is THE place to go to eat typical Palermitan food. It exists since 1834 and has wondeful marble tables and iron chairs in liberty style. The ground floor is a 'focacceria' where you can eat pane e panelle or pani ca meusa, the upper floor is a nice restaurant. Outside tables in summer. Pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines), involtini di pescespada (rolls of swordfish)

Churches ornate ...

by TheWanderingCamel

Just a minute's walk from the Baroque splendours of Piazza Pretoria, and on the same piazza as the entrance to the Santa Caterina, two small churches stand side by side. Much the same age but very different in their interior decoration, they take you back into another world completely.

Step into the church dedicated to Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (Saint Mary of the Admiral) and the cultural fusion that was such a part of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily becomes very apparent. Possibly intended as a mosque but completed in the mid-12th century under the patronage of one of King Roger's Greek admirals (hence the maritime dedication), the foundation charter (still in existence) written in Greek and Arabic, its Romanesque belltower still standing, with many North African elements in its construction and much of the interior covered with wonderful Byzantine mosaics, it is an extraordinary testament to the time in which it was built. Later 16th century additions are frescoed in typically Baroque style but they pale into insignificance as your eye is caught by the glorious mosaics that completely cover the dome, the walls and the arches of the older sections.

The church became known as La Martorana in the 15th century when it became part of a Benedictine convent. The marzipan fruits known as Frutta Martorana and sold all over Sicily these days were the speciality of the nuns of this convent.

Glimpses of a fascinating city

by SPW

"We tried..."

We thought we would visit Palermo by ourselves to see some of the sights and experience something of the historic main city of Sicily. This proved to be a mistake.
The day started promisingly with a train ride but once we arrived we were unable to get on to one of the hop on, hop off buses for sometime so waited at the bus stop watching traffic chaos. We found the bus, when it did arrive, was very crowded and the commentary was fragmented. The midday traffic was chaotic, progress was slow but we eventually alighted at San Domenico church near the market La Vucciria.

"La Vucciria Market"

After refreshing ourselves with a coffee, and watching the ongoing altercation between the cafe and a man who was refused entry, we made our way into the market. We bought a large quantity of plums and other fruit from one stall holder who kept pressing filled paper cones on us. The stalls along the winding alleys were nearing the end of their morning trade and were starting to pack up.

"Lunch, and then what?"

There were several trattorias and we passed on the Shangai Trattoria (Italian-Chinese perhaps) and settled on Toto's where we had a most entertaining lunch. While I'll include the food information in my tipa, the entertainment came from the proprietor Toto.
He flirted with the young women at the next table, did magic tricks, sang, and did match puzzles which had nearly all the diners participating.
After lunch, everything remained shuttered until late afternoon. We walked in the afternoon heat to the Politeamo Garibaldi where we eventually were able to catch the bus and continued around the circuit, before deciding to get off at the station and returning to Cefalu.
We were disappointed we had seen so little of what is an intriguing city with so many different influences, and many fine monuments. There are defitinitely times when an organised tour can be an excellent investment but if we had been on a tour we would never have had such a memorable lunch!


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