The Notarbartolo di Sciara family, an aristocratic dynasty, have lived in this 16th-century palazzo in Palermo since the 1970s. After renovating her apartment, your young and enthusiastic host, Luna, discovered that she loves welcoming visitors, telling them the secrets of Palermo and the wider Sicilian scene, and serving fabulous breakfasts. She will delight you with the white-clothed table spread with antique silver and heirloom china, local pastries and Sicilian specialities. Her welcoming, old-fashioned living room tells her story. A mix of family furniture echoes the city’s layers of history; you’ll find a contemporary glass coffee table beneath a 1930s kimono (a gift to her grandmother from the Japanese ambassador), family photos in silver frames, old prints and Luna’s library of art books, a fine copy of an original fresco found in the palace – and a side table of drinks: help yourselves. There is space, colour, comfort. The bedrooms give onto the peace of an elegant courtyard with its mulberry tree and baroque fountain; they are cosy and restful, perfect after exciting days spent exploring the endless riches of the city.