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Villas near Palermo Sicily

Welcome to the capital city of Sicily, Palermo! In this catalogue, you will find our selection of Villas near Palermo in Sicily, ready to welcome you for your next vacation.

Palermo is a jewel embedded in the sunny Sicilian Island, which was called by the Normans in the 12th century the “Kingdom of the Sun” indeed, in Palermo, there are, on average, 340 hours of sun each month!

Our team, with more than 10 years of experience in this sector, has carefully selected the Villas near Palermo in Sicily for you, which you can use as a base for your next vacation.

Visit our catalogue and select your favourite villas in Palermo, Sicily and nearby!

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Villas near Palermo Sicily

Villas in Palermo Sicily

Palermo’s History

Palermo is the capital of Sicily, which is the largest island in Italy. It is washed by three seas: the north coast by the Tyrrhenian Sea, the east coast by the Ionian Sea and, finally, the southern coast by the Sicilian Sea, which separates Italy from Africa.

At the beginning of Palermo’s history, the first group that ruled Sicily land was represented by Sicani or Sicanian.

In the VII century, Phoenicians arrived in Palermo and called it “Zyz” (which in their language meant flower). This name seems to be linked to the fact that the city looks like the profile of a flower by being cut by two main rivers (Papireto and Kemonia).

At that time Palermo was densely populated thanks also to the fact that people took advantage of the annual mild climates and fertile soil.

Zyz gained importance for its strategic location and became a popular destination for Greeks. They renamed Zyz to Panormos (“all-port”) referred to the natural harbour that was built by the crossing of the two rivers.

Then the Phoenicians arrived in Palermo and controlled it until the First Punic War happened (264 and 241 B.C.). Palermo was at the centre of the dispute between the Romans and the Phoenicians from Carthage.

Palermo was then invaded by Romans, who ruled Sicily from 258 B.C., when Palermo was conquered, until 491 A.D. During this period of barbarians, Ostrogoths arrived in the city and conquered it.

The city of Palermo, under Roman control, did not undergo many changes in the appearance or autonomy of Palermo.

Then, in 535 A.D. Palermo was freed by the Byzantines. They brought a period of peace to the city that lasted until 831. At that time, indeed, Arabs took over and made Palermo the capital of their Sicilian emirate.

At this point in its history, Palermo was called Balarm and this was a prosperous period for the city in terms of trade.

From 827 to 1061, Arabs brought important social, economic, and cultural advancements that are still reflected in traditional Sicilian practices and habits.

The Arab domination was one of the most important and longest eras in Sicily and it gave a crucial impact on currently Sicily. Over 200 years, Palermo has been changed through its traditions, culture, habits and customs present in that period.

Arabs built buildings, mosques, churches, gardens and so on. Moreover, they played an important role in Sicily’s cuisine.

In 1702, Arabs lose control of Palermo to the Normans and “The Expedition of the Thousand”. Thanks to them, an official kingdom was created, and Palermo was named the Capital of Sicily. During this period, a great number of churches and other buildings were built, such as the Cappella Palatina.

The Swabians then controlled Palermo for a time, followed by Angevins, then Aragonese. Later, the city was ruled by the Spanish and Bourbon. The Landing of Garibaldi signed the end of Bourbon rule over Palermo e the unification of Sicily to Italy in 1861.

Avec Italian Unification, theatres like Massimo and Politeama were built as well as Liberty Style buildings and villas such as Villa Igiea.

At the beginning of the XX century, Palermo flourished thanks to important economic and cultural growth. When the Great War began, Fascism soon arrived in Sicily and in 1946 the city has officially named the Capital of the Island.

Today, Palermo is experiencing another prosperous time thanks to its year-round mild climate, deep history, artistic heritage and so on. Tourist tours are the best ways to get to know Palermo and the life and customs of its inhabitants.

Choosing one of our villas near Palermo Sicily for your holiday will allow you to move easily and visit Palermo and its main attractions. However, if you are a couple and you prefer a more proportionate accommodation,  our catalogue also offers apartments in Palermo and luxury apartments in Sicily.

Living in Palermo

If you want to get to know Palermo and the traditions of its local people, we advise you to visit the typical places frequented by them, such as markets, bars, and many other places that you can visit during your stay in one of our villas near Palermo, Sicily!

We recommend you have breakfast in the small streets of the historic centre and take a tour of its historic markets such as the Capo, the Vucciria and Ballarò, by tasting the famous street food.

Moreover, you could visit at night the small streets leading up and down Via Libertà which are full of pubs and restaurants.

In addition, we advise you to pass through the beautiful Mondello beach throughout the year.

Tourist tour in Palermo

Palermo is a city full of history, art and culture. Indeed, it was titled “European Capital of Culture” in 2018. Thanks to its strategic position in the Middle Eastern Mediterranean, a mixture of cultures stepped into this fantastic city and left an extraordinary art inheritance, which you can visit if you stay in one of our villas near Palermo, Sicily!

So, if you are lovers of cultural tourism, we highly suggest you visit the 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites of Palermo, which are: the Cathedral of Palermo, the Royal Norman Palace, the Palatine Chapel, the Church of San Giovanni Degli Eremiti, Church of Martorana, Church of San Cataldo, the Admiral’s Bridge and the Zisa.

However, there are many other places worth visiting such as the botanical garden, Piazza marina, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and its small streets leading up and down, Palazzo Chiaramonte, Quattro Canti and so on.

So, what are you waiting for? Look now at our Villas near Palermo Sicily catalogue and choose your favourite!