Casa Balhara is situated in the very heart of the historical centre of Palermo, in the famous quarter of Ballarò, widely known for its liveliness, its unique colors, tastes, smells. Your senses will be captured!!!
As told before, its excellent position allows you to reach the most important sights of the city in few minutes: the famous church of Casa Professa, the Quattro Canti, the Cathedral, Piazza della Vergogna, the church of Martorana, Massimo theatre, piazza Politeama and its theatre, the International Puppet Museum extremely important for our tradition, the Royal Palace and its wonderful Palatine Chapel are all attractions situated in the old part of Palermo, therefore easily reachable from Casa Balhara.
Palermo offers lots of other excellent places to visit: the Chinese Palace, an oriental building surrounded by an elegant garden which reaches the foot of Monte Pellegrino, an hill famous for its Sanctuary and where you can enjoy a marvelous landscape; the Botanic garden which safeguards lots of important plant species; Uctuveggio Castle, offering a breathtaking landscape; lots of ancient palaces and churches whose artistic and historical value are inestimable.
Moreover, Palermo is full of hidden attractions! You can find them in little squares, in the alleys and even in the underground!! Let you attract by mysterious places such as Qanat, Catacombs and Beati Paoli’s itineraries!
This city made by art, history, architecture, culture and tradition will excite you and will finally fall in love with it!!!
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 from 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 10 minutes from Casa Balhara.
MONDELLO AND NATURAL RESERVES
Mondello is the elegant and well-known beach hamlet of Palermo. It is famous all over the world for its crystalline sea, its long white sandy beach, its sumptuous villas in liberty style, its magnificent Charleston, a restaurant above the sea!
Here you can visit two natural reserves: Capo Gallo and Monte Pellegrino.
The Natural Reserve of Capo Gallo is reachable through a coast path, on the west part of Mondello. Monte Gallo is a promontory rich in caves overlooking the sea; the most famous cave is “Grotta dell’Olio”, a suggestive sea cavern reachable by boat. It has very 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 seabirds.
The Natural Reserve of Monte Pellegrino comprises the whole homonymous 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 colors, steep sides and practicable plains. Here there is the most important pilgrimage place of Palermo, Santa Rosalia’s Sanctuary, with its particular rocky church and the famous Saint’s statue dominating and protecting the city of Palermo.