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



Updated: 06-Sep-2016
Penthouse Apartment in Palermo Historic Center, Sicily, Italy - Peaceful, Homey, Stylish, Stupendous Terrace, With Daily Maid Service

'Purple' (neighbour of RED, 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 neighbours. Flat consists of entrance, bathroom, kitchen/sitting room and bedroom/study. A large terrace off the kitchen, has a beautiful view overlooking Carini market - -dining, lounging & barbecuing. 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 Monday-Saturday. 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

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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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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

Guestbook comments from the manager

We stayed in John's apartment for 6 nights and really enjoyed our stay. The apartment was well equipped, clean and cosy. We also loved the location: close to the main attractions of Palermo and located in a nice and lively neighborhood. We didn't see John because he was traveling, but his friend helped us perfectly. John also responded very quickly by email when we had a problem with the Internet. Definitely recommend this place!
Jun 2016
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Aparment very nice. Possesses all conveniences.

Excellent location. Within walking distance of all the main places to visit in Palermo.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Palermo high

  • 4 of 5

For those wanting to experience Palermo in a real setting above the Capo market life and want to avail themselves of the wonderful produce to cook themselves, this is it. Eating on the roof terrace in the setting sun was the only place to be on a warm evening with the sunlight hitting the Cathedral spire and the views to the mountains around. The apartment was well equipped and cleaned twice weekly and there was someone downstairs available for any requests. The owner provides a complete guide to the area, the apartment and restaurants. We ate in most evenings but during the day street food is the way to go. The apartment is very nicely decorated with some nice antique pieces and the owners photographs on the walls. I would recommend the property to my friends who are interested in self-catering. A word of warning, there are four flights of stairs to the apartment, not the best for luggage.It would be ideal for groups who enjoy wine and food as you can also rent the adjoining apartment.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Paris/ France

Un appartement plein de charme

  • 5 of 5

L'appartement est particulièrement bien situé, dans une rue de marché vivante et très bien achalandée. Regorge de produits délicieux à des prix défiant toute concurrence. L'appartement est confortable et on sent qu'aucun détail n'a été laissé au hasard par son propriétaire qui est un homme de goût et de culture. La vue de la terrasse offre un concentré du charme de Palerme: les collines au loin, des clochers d'église, une façade d'église très patinée par le temps... Gentillesse, efficacité, tranquillité, nous nous sommes sentis très loin de Paris et absolument chez nous. Un séjour particulièrement réussi.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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ellesmere port

Can we have your home please.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place and the perfect holiday home. Right in the middle of a fantastic market with lovely views from the terrace and balcony, but also quiet at night. Plenty of nice restaurants within walking distance and no real need for a car. Charming appartment with lots to keep you interested, well equipped kitchen and library. Free Wi-fi. Very helpful taxi service provided by owner and well informed recommendations regarding restaurants and bars. Perfect home for a fantastic holiday.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Mike and Jenny.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure for us to have you and Jenny as Guests and you are looking forward to your returning some day. The sun, the market and its fabulous offerings and the kind sicilian people will be here to greet you in your home away from home. All the best, John
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Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Cooking lessons:

Come and immerse yourself in traditional Sicilian cuisine with Chef Gabriele. After having decided the menu, you will walk through the market of Il Capo with the chef, pick out the food and then Gabriele will come to your flat and cook it with and for you. Discover the flavours and secrets of Sicilian gastronomy.

The cooking lessons are done in an informal and fun atmosphere. After you have prepared the food and learned about certain tastes and techniques of fine Sicilian cooking you will have a scrumptious meal with or without Gabriele. Upon returning home you will be able to prepare a complete traditional Sicilian meal!

Details available upon request.


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. Ditto from Trapani airport (bus 1hr)

Bus leaves on the 1/4hr (5am to 11pm) and takes 40mn. 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.

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 colours, flavours 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 travelling 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. Caflisch 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).


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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £9

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.

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 to everyone's needs and will do our best to adjust, when it is possible.

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


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • A large bathroom with free standing sink, a tub with a good shower. There's also a washing-machine, hairdryer. Upscale 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: Purple has a bedroom, with its private sitting area, for a couple in a King-size bed with complete privacy. The sitting room has 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 a day on weekly rentals. 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 Purple you have a choice of terraces. The 'lower terrace', opposite the kitchen, has comfortable table and chairsand a large parasol. It is ideal for a sunny (but not blinding) breakfast - also 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 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. Utility Room: Washing-machine and separate hair drier in bathroom. Bikes can be stored in a special room on the ground floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Apartment 'PURPLE' 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 for writing or working on a computer adjacent to the sitting room with an excellent collection of books, DVD's and CDs. French-door windows lead onto a long balcony overlooking the market. Quiet, delightful, full of light!

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