Trip Plan Details
- Riserva dell ZingaroSan Vito Lo Caporecommended Riserva dell ZingaroNearby Scopello gathers more tourists as it figures more prominently in the guidebooks, however, the Zingaro Preserve features some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Sicily. You can get ... read morefrom beach to beach by walking a razor thin pathway along the ridge above the water. Each beach is generally nestled in cove created by the black, rocky cliffs. In June the water is absolutely clear and quite warm. Schools of tiny fish will literally pool about your ankles. Be careful, they like to take little nibbles (they don't really hurt and they never draw blood).Recommended for:Rich Carriero
About 30 miles away, Zingaro has several secluded coves with gorgeous beaches.
- The Catacombs at the Convento dei CappucciniConvento dei Cappuccini, Palermo 90129 Italyrecommended The Catacombs at the Convento dei CappucciniVisiting the catacombs was unsettling in the extreme. Don't expect the grottos of bones beneath Paris. Instead picture row upon row of dead people in their Sunday best with skin dried like leather and ... read morehanging off in place.Rich Carriero
- SantandreaPiazza Sant'Andrea, 4, Palermo, Italyrecommended SantandreaI had dinner here on my second night in Palermo. Unfortunately my wife wasn't feeling well so I went alone but I still had a wonderful experience. The restaurant is located in a small piazza and in ... read moresummer has ample outdoor seating. I order tuna steak crusted with sea salt and they served it both warm and wonderfully rare. All in all, dinner in a place like Santandrea is what makes Palermo so memorable.Rich Carriero
Amazing tuna steaks, located in a quiet courtyard.
- Hotel del CentroVia Roma 72, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italyrecommended Hotel del CentroHotel del Centro is located in a fashionable neighborhood of downtown Palermo. Via Roma is dotted with fashion boutiques and upscale cafes. We were also in easy walking distance of the Quattro Canti ... read moreand the waterfront. Parking was difficult and driving in Palermo something of a nightmare but we did put out rental car in a local garage for the duration of our stay and it was not the worse for wear. Our suite was oddly designed with a lower level on which there was the bathroom and dressers. The bedroom is located in a loft, which is reached by a wrought iron spiral staircase. Our room was painted a pale peach color and in the afternoon enjoyed good shade provided by handsome white curtains. After flying from Istanbul and connecting in Rome my wife and I were very fatigued so I'm happy to report that the beds are exceedingly comfortable. Breakfast at Hotel del Centro is a continental affair of meats, cheeses, fruit and croissants. The bar will fix you as many cappucinos or espressos as you want, which is a real plus. I think the biggest downside of our stay was that we had to pay for internet access and the signal was really only available in the common areas. For the price of our room, however, that's only a minor complaint.Rich Carriero
Extremely convenient location with stylish rooms and access to a local car park.