If you need a moment of relax after a long sightseeing tour I suggest you to walk down to Piazza Marina, grab a snack and a cold beer at the Panellaro and go sit down on one of the benches in Giardino Garibaldi.
This garden is a peaceful corner that feels far from the bustle of the city, there are fountains and some huge and wonderful tree as you can see in the pictures.
We really enjoyed some rest here.
We'd read, and been told, parking in Palermo was a nightmare. Chaotic traffic, gridlock, narrow streets and theft from cars were all major hazards that made taking a car into the city something to be avoided. Well, our experience couldn't hardly have been more different.
We stayed in Mondello, a pretty and popular seaside area a few kilometres north of the city centre. Our B&B was down a quiet street - no problems with parking there. Whether we should take the car into the city or not was decided when out hostess gave us clear instructions of how to get into town (very straightforward) and make our way to a good place to park (worked like dream - all day parking, in the shade, free).
The place she recommended was Piazza Marina, down near La Cala, the old harbour, and only a minute's walk from Corso Vittorio Emmanuale and La Kalsa (the old Arab quarter). Getting there from Mondello was simply a matter of taking a dual carriageaway from Mondello to the city, arriving near the main port and following another main road all the way around the waterfront. No need to go anywhere near the maze of streets in the city centre.
The wide esplanade that stands between the Foro Italico (the city's favourite seaside promenade) down by the water's edge near the piazza was created by dumping the rubble from the massive Allied bombing raids that wrought so much damage on the city.
On our return to the piazza at the end of our day in Palermo, our taxi driver made sure we took in the sights of the square - the huge ficus in the central garden and the palazzos that stand here. Needless to say, it was the double-headed eagle over the entrance of the Palazzo Mirto that caught MrL's eye. The Palazzo, just one of the lavish palaces the Sicilian aristocracy typically built as a townhouse for the times they visited the city from their country estates is open to visitors, though it was too late for us to visit by the time we arrived back in the square.,
Statua di Giuseppe Garibaldi (Giuseppe Garibaldi’s statue; he’s also known as “two worlds’ hero”); on the right of Freedom Boul.
(fountain at English Garden) ; on the left of Freedom Boul.
07 Statua di Giuseppe Garibaldi (Giuseppe Garibaldi’s statue; he’s also known as “two worlds’ hero”); on the right of Freedom Boul
This garden is one of the most important of Europe. You can find here trees and flowers from all over the world.