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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Welcome to Oliver house where you will discover much more than a simple holiday. We offer to our guest an authentic Sicilian experience for anyone who shares a passion for cooking, natural beauty, and ingredients from a land that is unique the world over. If you love sea, good food, and you want to spend a relaxing holiday in a family atmosphere Oliver House is the perfect place for you. Our home is located a few steps from the sandy beach of Mondello and 15 minutes by bus from the center of Palermo, the house is ideal for those who like to stay close to the sea, perfect for groups up to 10 persons 12, it is also possible to add beds for children up to three years. The house is located in viale dei lillà, in a villa of 900 completely renovated. From A shared garden, where you can keep bicycles, an entrance and a staircase leading to the apartment. The apartment is 220 square meters and has two entrances one on the lounge area and the second on the living room. The main entrance leads to a first lounge with a sofabed and corner bar where, on request , we offer to our guests a selection of Sicilian wines, the hall leads to a major dining area and a lounge,elegantly furnished. The lounge area has three sofas and dining table can accommodate up to 20 people seated. From the halls leads to a terrace furnished with colonial furniture where you can have breakfast or dinner . From the dining area there is access to a living room and to the kitchen and laundry area. The kitchen is fully furnished , gas machine , electric oven, fridge and freezer. The kitchen leads to a small terrace and a spiral staircase leads to the solarium furnished and equipped where you can have sunbathe or enioj a barbeque. The house has two double bedrooms , a master bedroom with an extra bed and a small single room with 2 beds. All rooms have their own private bathroom , 3 are equipped with a shower and one has a bathtub.

To our guests we offer the possibility to rent the whole apartment or take advantage of the treatment of B & B or half-board. On request we organize cooking classes gastronomic tours,streetfood tours, guided tours of wineries, themed dinners and wine tastings.

Our cooking classes are designed for those who like to know the local gastronomic traditions, a journey through the history of Mediterranean cuisine. All meals are made with local, organic ingredients and seasonal vegetables.The classes are open to everyone is not necessary to be great cooks to participate, you just have a passion for fine cuisine and good food. From appetizers to desserts will take you on a journey through the colors and flavors of our land.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Mondello 100 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Aeroporto Falcone Borsellino 20 km, Nearest railway: stazione Centrale di Palermo 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ

The Sicily region

The largest region in the Italian territory extending over 25.708 square kilometres, Sicily is the most heavily populated island in the Mediterranean sea and it lies only 140 km from the African coast. It lies at a distance of only three kilometres across the sea, the Strait of Messina, from Calabria. The group of the minor islands lies in the Sicilian territory in administrative terms: Ustica, the Aeolian and Lipari archipelago, the Aegadian islands, the Pelagie islands and Pantelleria. A line of mountain chains, the so-called Sicilian Appennines, lies parallel to the Tyrrhenian Sea up until that one of Calabria, and it is divided into three sections: the Peloritani, the Nebrodi or Caronie and the Madonie. Here is the Mount Carbonara, (m 1979) the highest elevation after Etna. A further line of low mountain chains, whose summit is practically not higher than a thousand metres, crosses the island diagonally, splits into the Mounts Erei and Mounts Iblei. These are considerably arid zones, characterized by sulphur, salts of potassium and rock salt mines. Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe, with an elevation of 3330 m and it rises isolated above the Jonic coast amid the Alcantara and Simeto rivers. The big volcano erupting, with its snow-covered top during the larger part of the year, attract the vulcanologists and the experts from all over the world every year. Unmistakable setting of big part of the island landscape, it is surrounded by hundreds of secondary cones and covered by old and new lava outflows which create an unforgettable geological sight alternating between the Mediterranean vegetation and prickly pears.

Posta al centro del Mediterraneo, la Sicilia è la maggiore isola di questo bacino (25.460 Kmq) situata a soli 140 km. dalla costa africana, 3 km. di mare, lo Stretto di Messina, la separano dalla Calabria. Attorno ad essa si dispone una serie di isole minori: a nord, le Eolie ed Ustica, ad ovest le Egadi, a sud le Pelagie e Pantelleria (complessivamente 25.708 Kmq). La sua linea costiera, prevalentemente rocciosa a nord, sabbiosa a sud, è lunga circa 1.000 Km. Il paesaggio siciliano è caratterizzato da grande movimento: l'isola infatti è montuosa e collinare, con un'unica estensione pianeggiante nei pressi di Catania. Il massiccio più importante è quello dell'Etna (il cui comprensorio è interamente protetto dall'istituzione di un grande parco naturale) nella zona orientale della Sicilia. Il vulcano, alto circa 3.300 m, è attivo ed è il più grande d'Europa. Lungo la costa settentrionale si dispongono, da Est verso Ovest, un tratto dei monti Peloritani, i Nebrodi e le Madonie, le cui vette raggiungono anche i 2.000 metri. Alle Madonie si sostituiscono, appena ad ovest del fiume Torto, irregolari formazioni calcaree, isolate o raggruppate a dominare basse colline tondeggianti. Ad Est, tra Messina e l'Etna, prosegue la catena dei Peloritani, del tutto simile ai monti calabri. Più a sud, sempre nella zona orientale dell'isola, è tutto un susseguirsi di alti tavolati formati da lava, tufo e soprattutto calcare, profondamente incisi da suggestive gole formate dallo scorrimento delle acque. Il centro della Sicilia, infine, è collinare. Si tratta del cosiddetto altopiano solfifero, di altezza variabile fra i 500 e 700 metri (fatta eccezione per il cocuzzolo, alto quasi 1.000 metri, sul quale sorge Enna).

Il clima è decisamente mediterraneo, con estati calde, inverni brevi e miti.La temperatura massima si registra in luglio e agosto - in media 26°C - la minima tra dicembre e febbraio - in media 10°-14°C. La temperatura dell'acqua varia dai circa 16°C registrati in inverno ai 27°C dell'estate. Per un viaggio in Sicilia che non abbia esclusivamente finalità "balneari" sono consigliabili i mesi primaverili e autunnali e dalla metà di aprile alla metà di giugno e settembre - ottobre.

Palermo

Mondello occupies a territory that extends to arc, along a magnificent bay , between the Natural Reserve of Monte Pellegrino and the Natural Reserve of Capo Gallo.

The original nucleus "the country ", is located on the north end of the bay, an ancient fishing village built around an ancient tuna fishery .

In the last decade the village has developed its own vocation and has increased the tourist offer with excellent facilities, numerous restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment. the weather is cool in summer and warm in winter, the seabed rich in lush vegetation, the fine white beach, the sea water clear the bright colors and much more, make Mondello a place to vacation 365 days a year!

Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians on the seashore almost 3000 years ago, and it seems that at that time its name was Ziz, "flower". Certainly it was very beautiful, even if nothing is left of this city now, except for the trace of its first layout, followed for centuries: a long avenue leading from the sea to the low hill where - today as then - the palace of the government stands. It was a base for the Carthaginians, then, after their defeat by the Romans, it was occupied by the latter. There are practically no vestiges of the Roman epoch either, though the city flourished under them. In fact it was in a rather marginal position with respect to the heart of the empire and it became even more so with respect to Constantinople, when Sicily became part of the possessions of the Eastern Roman Empire. In 831, after a siege lasting about a year, Palermo fell into the hands of the Arabs. This was the start of a new life for the city, which in a few years turned into a splendid metropolis, compared for its splendour to Cordoba and the Cairo. Palaces and mosques rose amid the splendid gardens of the "Western Medina" and the skyline was marked by numerous slender minarets. The city, called Balarm, was the capital of the Sicilian emirate and is said to have had 300,000 inhabitants. In 1061 the Norman army led by Count Roger and Robert the Guiscard set out to reconquer Sicily. Eleven years later they got to Palermo. However, the coming of the new seigneurs did not lead to a decline of the Islamic city. Though the Normans demolished the mosques, they used Arab architects in the construction of their sumptuous Palermo dwellings; and though they got a strong hold on the island, yet they left the administration of the kingdom in the hands of Islamic functionaries. Under Roger II, Palermo - the capital of the new Norman kingdom lived a period of splendour. It was the centre of trade between east and west and from all over came noblemen, traders, adventurers attracted by the mirage of the rich city and the sumptuous court. Palaces and churches in Arabic-Norman style were built. This greatness continued under Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, who made his court the greatest centre of cultural life in those days. Never again, in the centuries that followed, was such magnificence attained, even though, under the Spanish domination, the city was enriched with splendid Baroque monuments. A brief return of the past splendour came at the start of the twentieth century, when Palermo had its "belle epoque", thanks to the success of young families of entrepreneurs who brought a wind of modernity to the city, raising not only the economic level but also the cultural and artistic one. Since 1946, Palermo has been the chief city of an autonomous region. It is a modern and active city, with about 730,000 inhabitants, very rich in monuments from all epochs. A thorough visit to the city

takes about six days.

Mondello occupa un territorio che si estende ad arco, lungo una magnifica baia, tra la Riserva Naturale di Monte Pellegrino e la Riserva Naturale di Capo Gallo. Il nucleo originario " il paese", situato all'estremità nord della baia, antico borgo di pescatori sviluppatosi attorno ad un'antica tonnara.

Nell'ultimo decennio la località ha sviluppato la propria vocazione ed ha incrementato l'offerta turistica con ottime strutture ricettive, numerosi ristoranti tipici, bar, negozi e divertimenti. Il clima fresco d'estate e tiepido d'inverno, i fondali marini ricchi di splendida vegetazione, la spiaggia fine e bianca, l'acqua del mare trasparente dai colori intensi e tanto altro, fanno di Mondello un posto di vacanza 365 giorni l'anno. Fu fondata dai fenici in riva al mare quasi 3.000 anni fa, il suo nome allora pare fosse Ziz, fiore. Certo era molto bella, anche se di questa città oggi non ci rimane nulla, se non la traccia del primo impianto urbanistico, ricalcato per secoli: un lungo viale che dal mare porta alla bassa collina dove - oggi come allora - sorge il palazzo del governo. Fu base dei cartaginesi, poi, dopo la loro sconfitta da parte dei romani, fu occupata da questi ultimi. Anche dell'epoca romana non ci rimane pressoché alcuna traccia, sebbene fosse divenuta un fiorente municipio. In effetti lacittà si trovava in posizione piuttosto marginale rispetto al cuore dell'impero e ancor più lo divenne rispetto a Costantinopoli, quando la Sicilia entrò a far parte dei possedimenti dell'Impero romano d'Oriente. Nell' 831, dopo un assedio durato circa un anno, Palermo cadde in mano agli Arabi. Fu questo l'inizio di una nuova vita per la città che nel volgere di pochi anni si trasformò in una splendida metropoli, paragonata per il suo splendore a Cordova e Il Cairo. Palazzi e moschee si ergevano fra gli splendidi giardini della "Medina d'Occidente", lo skyline era caratterizzato da numerosi, snelli minareti. La città che fu chiamata Balarm, era la capitale dell'emirato siciliano e si dice che contasse 300.000 abitanti. Nel 1061 l'esercito normanno guidato dal conte Ruggero e da Roberto il Guiscardo intraprese la campagna di conquista della Sicilia. Undici anni dopo erano a Palermo. La venuta dei nuovi dominatori non significò però, la decadenza della città islamica, tutt'altro. I normanni infatti, se da una parte demolirono le moschee, si avvalsero dall'altra di architetti arabi per la costruzione delle loro sontuose dimore palermitane; e se si impadronirono saldamente della signoria sull'isola, lasciarono tuttavia in mano a funzionari islamici l'amministrazione del regno. Palermo Sotto Ruggero II, Palermo - capitale del nuovo regno normanno - raggiunse grandissimo splendore. Era centro di commerci tra Oriente ed Occidente e da ogni parte accorrevano nobili, commercianti, avventurieri attirati dal miraggio della ricca città e della fastosissima corte. Furono edificati i palazzi e le chiese di stile arabo-normanno che ancor oggi costituiscono una delle principali attrattive di Palermo. Questa grandezza proseguì sotto il regno di Federico II di Svevia, il quale rese la corte il maggior centro di vita culturale dell'epoca. Mai più, nei secoli seguenti, fu raggiunta una simile magnificenza, anche se, durante la dominazione spagnola, la città si arricchì di splendidi monumenti barocchi. Uno sprazzo di passato splendore fu vissuto dalla città al principio del XX secolo, allorché Palermo visse la sua "belle epoque" grazie all'affermarsi di giovani famiglie di imprenditori che portarono alla città una ventata di modernità, elevando, oltre al livello economico, anche quello culturale ed artistico.

Dal 1946, Palermo è il capoluogo della Regione Autonoma. È una città moderna e attiva, con circa 730.000 abitanti, ricchissima di monumenti di ogni epoca .

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