Hotel Villa D’Amato is located 3 km from the center, in front of the sea, and is the perfect starting point to discover the historic center of Palermo and surrounding areas.
You can get to the center in 10 minutes by car, and if you take the bus, (there is a bus stop opposite the hotel) you will reach the central station in 15 minutes. Then, by taking Via Maqueda you will reach the city center, full of historical and artistic landmarks testifying to cultures that have made a mark here: from the Greek to the Byzantine, the Arabs and theNormans, the French and the Spanish, the Hapsburgs and the Kingdom of Italy, and the splendid Liberty and Theater movement.
The refined style of palaces and churches are a counterpoint to the popular nature of the markets(Vucciria, Capo, Ballarò, Borgo Vecchio) and the narrow streets with a succession of alleys and suggestive corners. Just as pleasant are the strolls by shops and boutiques of Via Ruggiero VII and Via della Libertà. As soon as you are out of the city you may enjoy the beautiful beaches of Mondello, the splendid Duomo di Monreale and the Natural Reserve of Monte Pellegrino.
While hopping from one place to another, your best choice would be to make a stop at a restaurant or a bakery to have a taste of authentic Palermo cuisine. They serve traditional cuisine with age-old origins: citrus, sugar, cinnamon, saffron and rice, are of Arabic origin and sour-sweet and very sweet flavoring are used in fish, meat and vegetable preparations. These flavors are also found in arancine (stuffed rice balls) and caponate (eggplant relish) , falsomagro and involtini (stuffed beef roll), sarde a beccafico (Stuffed sardines), the colorful frutta martorana (almond paste shaped like fruit) and in renowned desserts like cassata (cake with ricotta filling) and Sicilian cannoli (pastry with ricotta filling).
Palermo’s cuisine is famous for the aromas and unequalled flavors, as are the Sicilian wines, such as the red Nero d’Avola, the white Chardonnay, and sweet ones like Marsala, Zibibbo and Passito di Pantelleria.
Art, history and flavors make Palermo one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities of Italy, a must to discover.
The Cathedral (Corso Vittorio Emanuele), started in the 12th-century with continued construction up to the 18th-century, is a majestic and original example of eclectic Sicilian artistic style. It houses the tomb of Frederic II and the relics of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo.
Palace of the Normans (Piazza del Parlamento) has a 2,500 year old history, built in the 9th-century on Punic and Roman ruins, it was first a fortress and then the sumptuous seat of the Normans and the Spanish Viceroys. Its many towers and elegant architecture is evident in the Palatina Chapel and to visit it is like taking a journey through centuries of art and history all the way to our modern times.
The Zisa (Piazza Zisa), the summer residence of Norman monarchs, was built in the 12th century according to Arab style, today is a museum of Islamic art housing precious Islamic objects from the Mediterranean area.
How to reach us
Falcone Borsellino International Airport of Palermo – Punta Raisi is 39 km away.
From the airport you can take a shuttle for Palermo, or take the Trinacria Express train and get off at Palermo Central Station, in Piazza Giulio Cesare. From here take bus number 224 or 225 and get off at the stop in front of the Hotel.
Ferries arrive at Molo Vittorio Veneto in Palermo’s Maritime Station, located about 3 km from Hotel Villa D’Amato. Once you get off the boat, follow directions for Bagheria / Cefalù / Messina, you will be first on Via Crispi, then continue straight up to Foro Italico (Coastal road), then on Via Messina Marine (SS 13) where at numbers 78/180 you will find Villa D’Amato.
From Palermo Central Station at Piazza Giulio Cesare, about 3.5 km from the hotel, take bus number 224 or 225 and get off at the stop in front of the Hotel.
From Palermo’s Falcone & Borsellino take highway A29 and take the exit for Palermo /Messina / Catania. Once you reach the city you have two options.
Easy to reach: follow the Palermo bypass and the A19-A20 motorway to the Villabate exit and continue towards Palermo, Via Messina Marine, where you will find the hotel on the right side at number 178/180 (1.5 km).
Access by Monumentale: take the exit at Via Belgio and continue for the center where you will be able to admire Palermo’s historic center. Continue towards Porto by first taking Via Crispi, and then continue straight on Foro Italico and then Via Messina Marine (SS 13) where at numbers 178/180 you will find Villa D’Amato.
From Messina / Catania: take the exit at Villabate and continue towards Palermo Via Messina Marine where on your right, at numbers 178/180 (about 1.5 km) you will find the Hotel.