This place is in one word: amazing! Upon arrival, Giovanni showed us around through the many large, breath-taking rooms of the palazzo. The beautiful paintings on the ceilings have been magnificently restored in their original status. He told us this work took a specialized atelier approx. 4 years! The furniture has been chosen with great care and taste. Unbelievable! This already makes the Palazzo Montevago an extra-ordinary experience.
The Palazzo is well located: in the middle of the historic center of Palermo, 500m away from the central station and close to the must-sees of the city. I agree, the immediate environment is not the most attractive neighborhood, but I believe this is generally the case with most areas in Palermo. Although Palermo is a place with lots of spectacular things to see and visit, it still is a pretty dirty and chaotic city. But with lots of charm.
The apartment where we stayed 3 nights was very large: a large bedroom (with airco), large living room with kitchen (with airco), separate bedroom for one person (ideal to store luggage and clothes) and a large bathroom, well-equipped. Just perfect!
Breakfast is excellent: sitting as a king and queen at the (very) large table in one of the palazzo rooms, you can enjoy the self-baked pastry of Giovanni. We enjoyed his company several times and his knowlegde of European, Italian and Palermitan history was both amazing and entertaining. He is also a great art lover and doesn't hesitate to show you pictures included in one of the many art books he has and are at the availibility of his guests.
Wifi is only available on the terrace (asks a bit of effort to get connection), which is a pitty but we didn't bother that much. Secured parking is available at the inner court of the palazzo, but I would advize not to visit Palermo by car. I've driven in lots of (Italian) cities, but Palermo was "hors categorie". Unbelievable.
Don't miss this B&B. it will be an unforgettable experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The building of sixteenth-century origin, as testified by the elegant portal with archivolt that leans out on via del Bosco, was born as dwelling of Paolo Caggio, who founded here the Accademia dei solitari (Academy of the solitary ones). The original plant was subsequently restructured in the mid of eighteen-century under the project of the architect Giovanni Filingeri, brother of that Pietro's Filingeri. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palazzo Montevago Palermo, Sicily