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Mondello, Sicily

A small fishing village on the western part of the island

While in Palermo, we opted to take the bus for a day trip over to Mondello. Mondello is a small borough of the city of Palermo and its beach lies between two cliffs called Mount Gallo and Mount Pellegrino. It was originally a small fishing village situated on marshland, but has become more of a tourist destination over time.

We started off in the city by taking a hike through the trails at the Capo Gallo Reserve. There was a random guy in a car at the entrance to the reserve who requested one euro per person to enter and seemed to liberally enforced this.

Views of Mondello from the Piazza Mondello:
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Views from the reserve:
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After our leisurely hike, we ate lunch at a cute little restaurant in the piazza, called Trattorria da Pietro. The staff were wonderful and the food was AMAZING!
Trattoria da Pietro: https://trattoriadapiero.eu/en
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The best olive oil I have ever tasted was at the Tratorria da Pietro. One of the waiters suggested adding a bit of salt to the olive oil (I had never thought of this, seems so simple) and it was absolutely delicious for dipping bread!
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We really enjoyed our trip to Sicily. The Sicilians are very welcoming and hospitable and the food is some of the best I have had. It was so nice to see the sun for three consecutive days!

Just a note for reference, our trip to Sicily was right before Italy had its horrible outbreak of COVID-19.

On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 23:06 Archived in Italy Tagged fishing sicily palermo mondello Comments (0)

Palermo, Sicily

Southern Italy

Our next adventure took us to Palermo, Sicily! We wanted to go someplace warm and sunny, but not necessarily a beach. Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily. Palermo was founded by Phoenician traders in the 8th century BC. It has also been under the control of the Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, French, Spanish, and finally joined the the kingdom of Italy in 1860. Palermo functions as Sicily’s chief port and centre of government.

We had an evening flight into the city and were able to take a bus to our hotel, Hotel Elite. Public transportation around the city, if we weren't walking, was very cheap and easy to figure out.

The staff we very helpful and attentive during our stay. A great Sicilian breakfast was included.
Hotel Elite: http://www.hotelelitepalermo.it/en/
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The first day and our last day we explored the city of Palermo on our own. On our second day, we opted to take the bus to Modello, just west of Palermo, for the day (more on that in a later post).

City of Palermo
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Port of Palermo:
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Teatro Massimo
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Quattro Canti
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Chiesa Del Gesù
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Palermo Cattedrale
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Some of the AMAZING food we had in Palermo:
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We ate at two excellent restaurants in Palermo, Fud and Osteria Villena, which had just opened ten days prior to our trip. Both places had fantastic food and Osteria Villena had the BEST pasta I have ever had!

One of the odd things we noted was trying to find a currency exchange in Palermo. Basically there was none and we had to go to the post office located at the central train station. It was quite the adventure and I would have never known that was where we needed to go.

Onto Mondello...

Posted by LCP 00:23 Archived in Italy Tagged port sicily palermo osteria fud villena Comments (2)

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