The Gulf of Carini is the bay on the north-west of Palermo, between Capo Gallo and Punta Raisi. In the middle of the gulf, there are two resorts: Isola delle Femmine and Capaci - old fishing villages, today regionally protected natural reserve - with a large beautiful sandy beach and with an islet in front of them. Isola delle Femmine and Capaci beaches, well equipped during the bathing season, are destinations for tourists and holidaymakers. During the day you can relax lying under the sun on the wonderful sandy beach or enjoy practising swimming, water gym, windsurfing, beach volley or just walking along the coast. There are various attractions at night: pubs, parties on the beach, shows in the square or in the sea front and so on. The two villages enjoy a good position, because they are 10 minutes far from the chief town and in the centre of the gulf of Carini, so that you can have a sea and a cultural holiday at the same time.
Other Activities: mini-golf. hiking.
Something about our culture: Gastronomy:
Palermo also catches your senses with its typical cooking, full of unique smells and flavors. Our sweets such as “cassata” and “cannolo” are famous all over the world;the preparation of the tasty “pasta con le sarde”,“arancine”,“anelletti al forno”,“caponata di melanzane” is a real rite.But what is a very important tradition is the “street cooking”, which includes a wide and various range of food, such as “pani e panelle”,“pani ca’ meusa”,“sfincione”,“stigghiola”,“vastedda” and so on .. What are they? Come here and find it out!
Palermo has celebrated its patron Santa Rosalia since 1625. The so called “Festino” is the most important feast for people of Palermo. It is on 15th July, but the great celebration is the night before, when the statue of the Saint wanders the streets of the old part of the city, that are full of food and toys stands. At the end of the holy procession there are very stunning fireworks in the seaport,far only 5 minutes from Residence Aimone
Climate: The climate of Palermo is one of the most exotic one in Italy. This is also demonstrated by the sub-tropical vegetation which covers the surrounding area. The annual average temperature is around 18-19 degrees, it means that winters are also wild. The coldest months are January and February with a medium temperature of 10-12 degrees. It is also possible to find more than 20 degrees in the middle of the cold season. Summers are very hot, it is possible to reach 40 degrees, the hottest months are July and August, but the medium temperature is around 30-35 degrees. May and September are beautiful months in Palermo, the temperature goes from 20 to 28 degrees so you can also have a swim in the crystalline and not crowded sea of that period. This can even happen until October, since the weather is often beautiful and warm in that month.
Natural reserves of Capo Gallo and Montepellegrino:
The Natural Reserve of Capo Gallo is reachable through a coast path,on west part of the village. Monte Gallo is a promontory overlooking the sea,surmounted by a white tower called “Semaforo”.It is rich in caves,whose most famous is “Grotta dell’Olio”,a suggestive sea cavern with clear bright water and light sandy seabed brightened by rays of sunshine passing from some top fissures. This natural reserve has a varied flora and fauna:here you can see plants such as Brooms of Gasparrini, wild Orchids,Sicilian Sparviere and a lot of animals such as foxes, wild rabbits,peregrine falcons, real sea birds.
The Natural Reserve of Monte Pellegrino comprises the whole homonyms mountain and the royal estate of Favorita. Goethe described it as “The most beautiful promontory in the world”, maybe thanks to its magic contrasts, different nature colours, steep sides and practicable plains. Here there is the most important pilgrimage place of Palermo, Santa Rosalia’s sanctuary,with its particular rocky church.
Palermo is Sicily’s cultural and tourist capital, thanks to its history, art and architecture. Its sights will really excite you. You must visit Massimo theatre, the biggest one in Italy and the third one in Europe; Piazza Politeama and its renowned theatre; the Medieval Cathedral; the Royal Palace with its Palatine Chapel; the International puppet museum; the Chinese Palace, an oriental building on the foot of Monte Pellegrino; the great number of interesting ancient churches, such as “Casa Professa”, “Church of Martorana”, “Church Magione”, “S.S. Salvatore”, “Church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo” and a lot more.
Numerous tourists are really attracted by its delicious food, in particular by its “street food”, so you should not miss its typical street markets of Ballarò, Capo and Vucciria, which will catch your senses through unique smells, flavours and colours. Here you can find “pani e panelle”,“pani ca’ meusa”,“sfincione”,“stigghiola”,“vastedda” and many other culinary specialities.