Sicily’s largest city is an assault on the senses: a heady mix of Byzantine churches and baroque palazzi next to an azure sea. Life spills over in markets, bars and restaurants as locals go about their day. You stay in the renovated stables of the Palazzo di Federico, down a narrow street in the heart of ancient Ballarò, close to Palermo’s oldest souk-like market and two steps from the cathedral.
The family’s passion for decoration shows in every detail and the atmosphere they have created is a joy for eyes and soul. The place is yours to enjoy, from the original art to the roaring fire in low season, from the hot tub on the deck to the Mediterranean courtyard garden where outstanding breakfasts are served: fruits, pastries, Sicilian cheeses, freshly baked desserts and lashings of strong coffee.
Visit the Botanical Gardens where everything blooms, Sunday’s vintage market at the marina or join your hosts for a cookery class.