Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Design House Palazzo Prestipino 1 Deluxe apartment 2+2 persons Palazzo Prestipino is located behind the historical market Ballar', in via San Nicol' all'Albergheria, a few steps from Casa Professa, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Vigliena (also known as 'Quattro Canti' or 'Teatro del Sole'). The house, fully restored, is on the first floor of the building, also accessed by elevator, and overlooking via San Nicol' all'Albergheria through two balconies. Description: entrance hall/studio; bathroom with bath; living with kitchenette, bedroom The house has heating and air conditioning system multisplit inverter. The philosophy of the house is based on the contemporary idea of living an open space, well divided at the same time, and on the perfect mixture of historic architecture and modern design's luxury that combines warmth and elegance. The general atmosphere is still based on the contrasts taste where the elegance and the stylish design are opposed to the historic and popular substrate of the food market 'Ballar'. The entire building, after being abandoned for years, has been recently restaured with a skilful work that has returned it to its ancient splendor. It is a noble palace built on pre-existing architecture and through consolidations of ancient parts of the old town according with the historical architecture stratification in the old town of Palermo. The oldest part is from the 'Catalano' period (XIV-XV sec.) and it's recognizable in the stone arch which gives currently access to the 'coffee shop'; a rediscovered fragment of the sixteenth century's stair is shown on the side of the courtyard. Precious sixteenth century's fragments lead back to the noble families that had lived in the palace during the past centuries. The building has a typical pattern, very common in the Sicilian cultural context; the facade shows the development of the building on three levels: ground floor, main floor - 'piano nobile' - and second floor, with rhythmic large openings and balconies aligned; the central balcony, supported by stone corbels, belongs together with the below stone entrance door. The paintings and 'stucco' decorations discovered, during restoration, in some of the ceilings and walls of the palace rooms belong to the late eighteenth century and nineteenth-century. The steps of the building's staircase are covered with a precious red marble from Trapani combined with a white marble. As you walk out the front door you will find yourself immersed in the colors, smells and voices of one of city's oldest historic markets. Among the fruits colours and the fresh fish's sparkle, you will discover the marvels of Palermo's architecture! Amenities bedroom with 1 double bed, entrance hall with 1 day-bed, 1 sofa-bed, bathroom with bath, living room, kitchenette, washing machine, sheets and towels, heating, air con. iron, stereo, tv, adsl wireless, books, hair dryer, bicycles supplies (if requested).
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Sicily region
Sicily, right in the heart of the Mediterranean sea, has a cultural heritage unsurpassed by any other holiday destination. It's array of historical rulers have provided the island with unique architecture, art and traditions. The coastline is dramatic and beautiful (like the people) and the towns are a bustling hubbub of activities.
In the centre of the island sits the majestic Mt Etna, a still active volcano. A trip to the top is a must.
Being in Italy, and having such a rich history, Sicily has a wonderful selection of food & drink. The various cultures and natural local produce combine to make dishes that can be found nowhere else in the world.
Streets and alleys of Palermo:
can't get enough of walking in Palermo. Staring at the varied architecture, listening to the clips of conversations (just the tone of them), smiling back to curious and friendly faces' and suddenly ' a flash of green wings and a scream of a parrot!
just dive into a real dealing and get ready for making a fool of yourself ' and don't get it so seriously if you put your fingers to the wrong places and get some strict looks from the market salesmen.
in Piazzetta Porta Reale (Via Lincoln): very friendly staff and 10+ Sicilian style 'snacks' like arancinos and pepitos etc.