The hotel itself is clean and tidy and very good value.
The breakfasts are, I guess, more traditionally Italian with the focus on pastries and bread and no focus at all on sausage, eggs and bacon.
The hotel had secure off-road parking and free wireless internet plus the room has a reasonably well equipped kitchenette and a supermarket just around the corner. Which, after five weeks of paying 70 Euros a pop for four very average main courses and a couple of bottles of water, was a welcome opportunity to save a few quid.
The hotel is only 200 metres or so from the railway station the carpark of which looked to be doubling as a land-fill site. Garbage all over the place. It's like somebody had looted several bags of clothes from Oxfam's doorstep and tossed them all over the shop. Last Christmas.
Anyway off we went on the train to Palermo.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit Palermo then make a polite excuse and decline. A noisy, dirty dump. We had planned to spend the entire day but after an hour and a half we pulled the pin and left - never to return - except for the ferry to Genoa.
There are some nice spots nearby. The cathedral at Monreale is well worth a visit - the Normans were kicking the Arabs up and down the pitch before they came to England to do the same in 1066 - who knew? And the beaches look half decent but were totally packed. Plus there are fantastically preserved greco-roman ruins all over the shop provided you have a car to access them.
The owners were very helpful although with limited English and I had to feel sorry for them trying to make a go of things on an island that has so much of its housing and factories in such a state of neglect and disrepair and so much garbage just lying all over the place that it appears to have given up the will to live.
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