Having never been to Sicily, I wanted to make sure we picked a prime location near the beach and restaurants to minimize the driving and spend more time relaxing. If you like to swim, like I do, the beach couldn't be any closer and the water couldn't be any warmer. From the communication side, Silvio and Chiara were very easy to communicate with despite our language barrier. They were patient with our moving arrival time as well. Driving in Palermo is unique and challenging:) The apartment is their former family dwelling and is understated by the photographs in their posting. 14" ceilings, art, classic beautiful furniture, two amazing terraces and a spectacular Italian kitchen!There are also two nice bathrooms and a private entrance with parking in a place where parking is very difficult. Incredibly spacious by any other VRBO measurement. Loved it! Mondello has very good local restaurants including one that Chiara recommended called Sympaty (10 minute walk). The tiny squid were unreal! Gelato is everywhere and as good as it gets. The restaurant behind the house Bar Pasticceria Alba has amazing food for every meal as well. If you want to visit Palermo, and you should, the bus stops right outside, way easier than driving and transit is very reliable. We were there in the summer, so i can only speak to what happens in June, but you should be prepared for a very busy beach experience. The beach is very popular with families from Palermo. During the day it gets very crowded on the beach but the terrace that faces the beach is a better place to relax after a swim and enjoy the show. At night, the area is popular with teens. For the most part, they are just there to mingle and eat gelato. They are generally very polite and respectful, and not there to cause trouble. They do make noise, so if you a super light sleeper this may not be your best option. The apartment has big beautiful thick shuttered windows that also close up at night and air conditioners in each room that allow you to turn it off if you don't like all the action. The view and terrace were so spectacular we ended up taking far less day trips elsewhere than we had planned. One really nice day trip we took was an island called Ustica (high speed boat from Palermo 1.5 hours). The place is unbelievable. Thanks for the recommendation! We really enjoyed our stay and couldn't imagine staying anywhere else in Mondello. Grazie!
We had a wonderful stay at this lovely and very comfortable apartment. We were met by Federica who was super sweet and very helpful. The apartment was clean, and the beds were comfortable. The A/C was definitely needed. The apartment is in a great location convenient to the amazing street food of Palermo and artesian shops.