The b&b

SuiteCentro is a 3 stars bed and breakfast located in the historic Prestana Palace, in the heart of the city, within walking distance of major monuments, art galleries, theaters, museums and major avenues of Palermo.

SuiteCentro, large and comfortable, overlooks one of the city’s main streets, via Roma, a historic Palermo hub linking Central Station to the city’s most modern neighborhoods. The structure and finishes of the apartment are the original ones of the first decades of the twentieth century: decorative floors and frames and large wooden doors with style frames leave the charm untouched.

The b&b, near a lot of monuments and places of art, will tell you what to visit and the most useful times to do so. The central and strategic location of the b&b will allow you to visit both the major places of interest in the vicinity, and to move easily to visit the more remote areas of the city, such as Mondello, the beach of Palermitani, thanks to the urban and suburban lines that pass through Via Roma. Also a few hundred meters away there is a bike and car sharing station where you can rent the most preferred vehicle and return it to any of the other delivery points in the city.

Strategically located, the B&B is easy to reach from both the Central Station, which is connected to the Falcone – Borsellino Airport, the Port and the Extramural Terminal. From here, it is easy to reach both the city’s most important monuments and the shopping center and night clubs, all within a few minutes walk. For its position, it also has many practical benefits, such as: a supermarket, open from 7 am to 11 pm every day, numerous clothing stores, footwear, perfumery, etc., and a little further away two ancient public markets, the famous markets of Ballarò and Vuccirìa.

A walk through via Roma will give you the opportunity to observe the many architectural styles of the ancient palaces that overlook it. You can find yourself in the crossroads and alleys of the most important historical center of Europe, in front of the “Genius of Palermo”, the mythical personification of the city, or come to the exhibitions of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna – GAM, Palazzo Sant’Elia or Palazzo Riso, or to recognize from the Piazza Croce dei Vespri the Palace of “Il Gattopardo” by Luchino Visconti.

Continuing along Via Roma you can reach the Baroque Church of San Domenico, the illustrious Pantheon of the Palermitans, overlooking the square of the same name, leaving a flower on the tomb of Giovanni Falcone or a prayer to Francesco Crispi, Ernesto Basile, to the Amari or Giacomo brothers Serpotta. From the square you can access the modern Rinascente, where you can sit by sipping a glass of wine, admiring sitting on its terraces the roofs and domes of the city.

A little further on you will have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum of A. Salinas, inside which are preserved wonderful archaeological evidence and one of the richest collections in Italy of Punic and Greek art.

 

In the northern area of the b&b you can visit the Church of SS. Trinità, known as La Magione, splendid testimony of church fortress of the XII century, home of the Teutonic Knights; A little further on you will find the Spasimo, an ancient medieval church, transformed into leper hospital during the plague, whose remains remain as a stage for concerts or theatrical performances.

Continuing to the sea, always in the north, you can visit the largest botanical garden in Europe, Villa Giulia and Palazzo Abatellis, where you can admire the teh Annunziata of Antonello da Messina, the bust of Eleonora d’Aragona, works of Van Dick and the famous Death Triumph (inspiration for Guernica). Finally, you will come to a marina square, where at the time of the Inquisition were executed the witchcraft, whose proceedings were held in the adjacent Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri.

 

 

Taking a walk along the beautiful long sea of ​​the Foro Italico you will arrive at the so-called Castello a Mare, where you will enjoy the view of Cala, the ancient Punic port of the city.

A separate discourse deserves the historic markets of Palermo, among which the Vuccirìa and the Ballaròs are definitely not to be missed, characterized by a continuous shout (“abbanniare”) and the rich colors of merchandise.

To the south of Via Roma, you can walk to the ancient and pedestrian street via Maqueda until you reach via Ruggero Settimo. Along the way you can visit: the Church of San Cataldo (seat of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem), Martorana Church, the so-called Quattro Canti and the splendid Baroque of St. Joseph of the Theatines, the Cathedral (where Frederick II is buried Swabia and his family), Palazzo dei Normanni with the splendid Palatina Chapel, finally reaching the Teatro Massimo, the third opera in Europe, only at the Opera of Paris and at the Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna, which amazes All those who are fortunate to see him, especially during Christmas, when his stairs are covered with red Christmas stars and his palms are lit by shades like Christmas trees.

The visit of the main attractions of the ancient city turns further into a walk along the most recent boulevards of Palermo’s great signatures. From Politeama Square, so called by the Palermitans for the symphonic music theater that dominates and from which the widespread denomination takes over, begins Via della Libertà, along which are Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc. etc.