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Gorgeous Penthouse 'Red' Overlooking Historic Market Of 'Porta Carini'



Updated: 06-Sep-2016
Penthouse Apartment in Palermo Historic Center, Sicily - Quiet, Full Of Light, And 2 Stupendous Terraces With 360 Views Of Palermo

'Red' (neighbour of Purple, also on O.D.) is the penthouse of an old, very clean, building overlooking the historic market of Porta Carini. This 4th floor walk-up is quiet, full of light and has no neighbors. The flat consists of entrance, bathroom, kitchen/sitting room and bedroom/study. A large terrace is off the kitchen and a panoramic terrace is on the roof - -dining, lounging & barbequing. Elegant furniture, fist class linens and crockery, top range cooking utensils with modern amenities (WIFI, Sat TV, multi system DVD, washing machine, IPOD player). Just unpack and enjoy the freedom. Ours is a home that will make you feel at home. Located five minutes from Palazzo Massimo, the epicenter of Palermo, one does not need a car while staying here (but there is parking nearby). For your leisure, included in the price, a housekeeper comes for 1.5 hours twice a week. If you need to chill in the sun or love markets and cooking or want to dig in and visit Palermo, this is the place.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

Hello future guest, I have lived and worked around the world and know what it is like to look out the window and feel the need to want to get away to a beautiful, exotic (but not too), sensory filled, interesting, sunny, place. I learned to appreciate renting a flat rather than staying in a hotel - -no matter how upscale. However, I was often disappointed with the decor, the quality of the linens, the style.

When I came to Palermo I decided to create a 'home' as I would like to have it: elegant but not overstated, with a good kitchen, good quality crockery and linens and good art on the walls. I wished it to be quiet, full of light and airy. And I wanted to be able to eat outdoors, under the sun or the stars, with a view of the city before me. I hope to have achieved that, for you.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

John kept in touch with us and gave us lots of information about services and life in Palermo. His local staff were always available and always very helpful.


Response from John:

Thanks Paul for the kind words. You guys were a pleasure and I hope to see you in Australia! Best, John

What Paul loved about your listing:

It felt like home, it was in the middle of mercato del Capo, had a balcony with fastastic views and a great library. The apartment is spacious, well equipped and has a comfortable bed.

What Paul thought you could improve about the experience:

All great
May 2016
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Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Cooking school:

Come and immerse yourself in traditional Sicilian cuisine with Chef Gabriele in the welcoming atmosphere of...your own apartment. Discover the flavors and secrets of Sicilian gastronomy.

The lessons begin with strolling through the market with Gabriele in the morning as you discuss what to eat and then choose it with Gabriele (you can also let him do this for you if you wish).

In the evening, as you are sipping your wine, Gabriele will come over and show you how to prepare the food and you either cook it with him or simply watch and learn as he does it in front of you. Once the food is ready...a tavola!

One way or the other you will go home with knowledge of the tastes and techniques of fine Sicilian cooking.

NOTE: for those who wish for a special, romantic, al fresco dinner cooked for them, and served on the Penthouse terrace Gabriele will guarantee to make it very special and unforgettable. Good for birthdays as well!

Details available upon request.


Aside from the splendid, clean, white sandy beach and the crystal blue water, Mondello offers windsurf, diving, tennis, open-air cinema, open air dancing, many good restaurants, pizzerias and snack bars. There is a wonderful game park for small children. And the sea is very child-friendly, no tides, with life-guards. Important: one can swim late in the season in Sicily (well into November) as the temperatures range between 18°-25°C. We have had 25° at Christmas for the last two years!


Palermo Airport 'Falcone & Borsellino' connects Palermo via bus, train and taxi - -as well as car rentals.

Bus leaves on the 1/4hr (5am to 11pm) and takes 45’. Cost is € 5.80 (buy on bus). Piazza Politeama is your stop. From there it is a short walk to the flat. FYI: we, locals, all take the bus.

Train: Trinacria Express to Palermo Centrale, 45’, on the hour, 5am to 11pm, € 4.50, buy at newsstands and tobacco shops.

Car rentals: Hertz; Avis; Europcar; SIXT and others at airport.


The flat is located in the heart of Palermo. One can walk to Teatro Massimo (opera and music), the Salinas Archeological Museum, the Teatro Politeama (also opera and music) the Modern Art Gallery, Piazza Pretoria & amazing fountain, the nearby old Martorana Orthodox church, the famous Palermo Arab-Norman Cathedral and the Norman Royal Palace with its gorgeous Cappella Palatina - just to mention a few among the many nearby places of interest. Mondello, spectacular town and beach is 10km away.

Further Details:

Palermo is a city of colors, flavors and tastes. The people are very friendly and the city is as safe as any large city. One can either walk or rent bikes or scooters. It can also be fun to rent a horse carriage for the day and see the city as they did in the 'old' days.

Food is a big part of everyday life. The open air markets (very fresh produce) of Il Capo, Ballaro, Via Sant' Agostino and Via Bandiera are all within walking distance. After the succulent pastas and special grilled fish dishes you will adore the amazing pastries, the ice creams, the rich, dense coffee, the unique bread with sesame seeds and the wide selection of Sicilian wines.

Gyms are within walking distance as is the posh shopping area (Via Ruggero Settimo and Via Libertà) and the cheaper old shops of Via Maqueda.

Day trips are easily organized and one can have unique experiences traveling not far from Palermo to towns such as Monreale, Bagheria, Rovine di Solunto etc.

The sun is also an important part of Sicily and one will want to go to the beach. The white sandy beach and port town of Mondello, with its lapis lazuli water to have the Gods of the Caribbean turn green with envy, is fifteen minutes away. One can rent two beach chairs and umbrella at 20 €. There is a very good restaurant, Sympaty, at the end of the pier, past the main piazza. Alba restaurant (eat in/take out & easier with kids), one of Palermo’s most outstanding patisserie, is also one of Sicily’s undisputed best. They serve an informal lunch under pleasant, shady, trees. It is three minutes from the beach. In the summer, don’t miss the sublime gelo di melone (watermelon gel). Extensive wine list.

Finally, for those who are slightly more ambitious, long day trips (with beautiful and interesting stops on the way) can be taken to:

Catania: 220km (A19 highway).

Trapani: 105km (A29 highway).

Messina: 230km (A20 highway).


Rental rates

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £13

Booking Notes:
2 day rentals to weekly rentals and more; See also the apartment Purple (O/D) and the 'whole apartment' (O/D) - which can be rented together or individually.
Short 2 night stays are also available by request.
€60 Final Cleaning fee...

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our changeover day on weekly rentals. Departing guests are requested to depart by 10:30 am and Arriving guests are expected to arrive no earlier than 5pm.
On shorter (or longer) stays we are flexible.

Notes on prices:
We are open for long term lets. Do not hesitate to ask.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 06-Sep-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Red has a large bathroom with free standing sink, a tub with a good shower. There's also a washing-machine, hair dryer. Up scale towels and individual bathrobes are provided.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Red has a bedroom, with its private sitting area, for a couple in a Queen-size bed with complete privacy. In the kitchen/sitting area a shaker day-bed good for sleeping 1 adult or 2 children. Upscale bedlinen provided. Cot and high-chair also available.


  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Electric heating; propane fuelled stove; fans available if necessary. A housekeeper comes for 1,5 hours twice weekly. Please note that extra requests such as ironing are available for a small extra fee. Babysitting and tour guides are also available locally (prices available on request). Cooking classes also available - not on premises. Outside: One lives outdoors in Palermo where it is sunny and warm 9 months a year. At apartment Red you have a choice of terraces. The 'lower terrace', opposite the large kitchen, has comfortable table and chairs under a wicker roof, ideal for a sunny (but not blinding) breakfast. It is also perfect after 11am for shade lovers - protected from the sun all day it is a perfect respite from the summer heat or when returning from a day the beach! The penthouse terrace, for sun-lovers, has a large parasol, a teak table (opens to seat ten) and its own parasol -a perfect place to enjoy local meats, fish and vegetables cooked on the barbie. While waiting for the food to be ready you can sunbathe in total privacy as you sip a glass of lovely Sicilian wine and enjoy the fresh air and stunning views of the church domes, the Cathedral and the Norman-Arabic architecture of Palazzo dei Normanni. For more details visit my website. Utility Room: Washing-machine and separate hair dryer in bathroom. Bikes can be stored in a special room on the ground floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Apartment is fully furnished and equipped. Towels, bedlinen, utensils, crockery, etc are all included. Maid service 1.5 hrs every day included. Other: The bedroom has a sitting area with a table perfect for writing or working on a computer adjacent to an excellent collection of books, DVDs and CDs. French-door windows lead onto a long balcony overlooking the market. Quiet, delightful, full of light!

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