In the historic heart of Palermo
The many holiday apartments of Palermo Blu are spread amongst some of the best modern renovations of the historic old town of Palermo. Once these palaces and elegant town houses were luxurious preserve of the Sicilian aristocracy – today, thanks to Palermo Blu, we (of less noble lineage!) can sample a taste of their magical atmosphere.
Your local point of contact for all Palermo Blu apartments is Fabian Gruessner:
- Tel.: +39 091 956 608
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Palermo Blu
Via Pignatelli Aragona n. 7
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Palermo Blu provide?
Palermo Blu offers holiday accommodation, group activities, maps and tips for visitors – on food, nightlife and staying on trend in the city!
What makes Palermo special?
Palermo is the great melting pot of the Mediterranean. For centuries, a huge variety of cultures and civilizations have lived, met and evolved together here.
What attractions are there in the city?
The entire historic old town of Palermo is an unmissable sight. Here, Palermo’s millennia of history are reflected in the architecture, museums and parks. We are always happy to offer suggestions for discovering our home city, and this site is full of them.
How long is it worth staying in Palermo?
Thanks to its rich and storied history, the city offers much more than what it might seem at first glance. Therefore we recommend to our friends that they come and stay for at least a week. If you want to really get beneath the skin of Palermo and Sicilian life, it is better to stay all winter.
What’s the weather like in Palermo?
Spring, autumn and even the short winters offer the most pleasant climate. Even in winter we enjoy an average of 4 hours of sunshine every day.
Is Palermo safe?
After decades of civic struggles against the Mafia, Palermo is now proud to be able to call itself the Italian city with the lowest crime rate!
After the Normans “liberated” Sicily from the Arabic people who had previously settled there, they began work on the cathedral of Palermo. But the Normans were not crusaders. On the contrary, they appreciated the beauty they saw in the Arabic culture of the time and drew inspiration widely, even in the design of their places of worship. For this reason the UNESCO world heritage site that is Palermo’s cathedral is characterised by a unique blend of Arabic and Norman architecture.
The Teatro Massimo
One of the most famous buildings in Palermo is the “Teatro Massimo”. It is one of the largest indoor theatres ever built, home to world class performers and an iconic attraction in its own right, thanks above all to the role it played in the film “The Godfather Part III”. In real life, however, the “Teatro Massimo” is a central symbol of the fight against the Mafia – a fight which, after many decades of struggle – has finally been won. Palermo is now one of the safest cities in Italy.
The Fountain of Shame
One of the most famous fountains in Palermo is the Fontana Pretoria, also known as the “fountain of shame”. Don’t be put off by the salacious name, however! The Piazza Pretoria is one of the spots in the city best loved not only by tourists, but also by locals. We definitely recommend paying a visit – after all, the fountain is only a 10-15 minute stroll from any of our accommodation. Tip: out of season you have the beautiful water feature almost to yourself. Another reason to spend a winter in Palermo.
The “La Cala” Marina
“La Cala” is not just a wonderful place to relax, it’s a spot where history reaches out and takes your hand. Until 3000 years ago, “La Cala” was a perfect natural harbour. The Phoenicians were the first to discover it and founded one of their most important markets here. Our accommodations in the Palazzo Castrofilippo and the Palazzo Sambuca are within 10 minutes of the modern marina on foot.
For most people, holidays in Palermo begin at the central railway station: even those arriving by air will be ferried to this hub by the the trains and buses that leave from the airport. Our appartments are between 700m and 1km from the station. Those guests who are spending a little longer in Sicily will also find it very convenient to use the central train station for excursions beyond the city’s boundaries. Trains and buses depart daily to an unparalleled array of Greek temples, baroque villas with stone monsters and ancient medieval cities.
Get your bearings
Want to know exactly where the accommodation is located, and the quickest way to reach it from the airport? Planning to explore the old town? We have the perfect map for all your navigational needs!
(from the airport to the central railway station and from there to the apartments)
Explore La Kalsa
(Palermo’s most famous historical district)
Explore Il Capo
(Home to the city’s largest market)
Explore La Loggia
(The old maritime borough)
(The oldest district of the city)
Perhaps you’re fascinated by fashion, aching for activities or concerned with cuisine? We have the best local tips to share:
Up for the challenge of discovering every last corner of Palermo? No guide to show you around? You’re in safe local hands:
(the Liberty / Art Nouveau Palermo that lives on today)
Discover the Genius
(“Il Genio” is the ancient patron deity of Palermo)
In the Footsteps of the Normans
(the Normans dominated Sicily in the Middle Ages)
Fountains and Aquatic Engineering
(Discover the incredible waterworks above and below ground)
The “Libertà” neighborhood
(One of the most beautiful in Palermo)
Mummies and more!
(They’re not just for Egyptians…)
Villas of the West End
(Architectural treasures hiding in the suburbs)
Looking to venture outside Palermo by bus or train? Check out this site for recommended destinations! Then these maps will help you make your way there on public transport:
Excursions by Bus and Train
(Feeling fearless? Visit the Villa of Monsters. Culture vulture? Discover the island’s Greek theatres. Cinema Buff? Get on the trail of The Godfather)
Renting a car? On this site you will find our highest-recommended destinations; these maps will guide you to your holiday home:
Directions to the Palazzo Massimo
(Apartments overlooking the iconic Theatre)
Directions to the Palazzo Quaroni
(Apartments in the pedestrianised area)
Coming to Palermo on a cruise? Want to discover the city independently? Just follow this map:
Recommended route for cruise tourists
(Discover Palermo for yourself)