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Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

Gorgeous, Unique, Penthouse Apartment With 3 Terraces

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment


Monte di Pietà Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Penthouse Apartment in Palermo Historic Center, Sicily - Overlooking Historic Palermo Center

This penthouse is in an old, very clean, building overlooking the historic market of Porta Carini. Elegant, airy, quiet, full of light w/no neighbours. The flat consists of entrance, 2 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, sitting room and 2 bedrooms w/sitting areas. 3 large terraces - off each kitchen and a panoramic Penthouse terrace is on the roof - each excellent dining, lounging & barbequing. Elegant furniture, fist class linens and crockery, top range cooking utensils with modern amenities (WIFI, Sat TV, multi system DVD, washing machine, IPOD player). Just unpack and enjoy the freedom. Ours is a home that will make you feel at home. Located five minutes from Palazzo Massimo, the epicenter of Palermo, one does not need a car while staying here (but there is parking nearby). Included in the price, a housekeeper comes for 1.5 hours Monday-Saturday. If you need to chill in the sun or love markets and cooking or want to explore the history, architecture or art of Palermo, this is the place.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Giovanni (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

About Giovanni

Hello future guest, I have lived and worked around the world and know what it is like to look out the window and feel the need to want to get away to a beautiful, exotic (but not too), sensory filled, interesting, sunny, place. I learned to appreciate renting a flat rather than staying in a hotel - -no matter how upscale. However, I was often disappointed with the decor, the quality of the linens, the style.

When I came to Palermo I decided to create a 'home' as I would like to have it: elegant but not overstated, with a good kitchen, good quality crockery and linens and good art on the walls. I wished it to be quiet, full of light and airy. And I wanted to be able to eat outdoors, under the sun or the stars, with a view of the city before me. I hope to have achieved that, for you.

Guestbook comments from the manager


“The apartment is a gem, a dream place I will always hold precious in my memory - - the sun setting behind the surrounding mountains, the Cathedral illuminated beneath the starry sky all see from the roof top veranda. Two wonderful weeks.”

Robert Cassaletto Clark and Emma Talbot, London

“Sunned, sauced, full of ‘involtini’ and ‘cannoli’… A wonderful week!”

Olly, Ben, Beth and Gill, London

“It really felt like home, which in only a few days is a tremendous statement to what a great and welcoming home you have. ”

Elliot, London

“If there is a paradise somewhere then it is here! John You are terrific and make your guests feel terrific. Thanks a lot.”

Marina and Vladimir, St Petersburg, Russia
May 2011
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Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Punta Raisi
Nearest Barpub
900 Metres
Bobuccio, Bar Royal
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Port of Palermo
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Stazione Centrale
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Mondello BEACH
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Cooking school:

Come and immerse yourself in traditional Sicilian cuisine with Chef Giuliana Scaduto in the welcoming atmosphere of an old-style villa and garden. Discover the flavors and secrets of Sicilian gastronomy.

The cooking lessons (9am to 2pm) take place in the morning so you can go to the beach or sight see in the afternoon.

You are picked up at 9am, met by Giuliana with whom you will discuss the meal of day then, together will shop before you return to a modern, well equipped kitchen & begin a hand-on-experience. Students prepare the food and learn the tastes and techniques of fine Sicilian cooking with Chef Giuliana.

At the end of the lesson everyone shares the prepared meal together (price inclusive of Sicilian wines to accompany the meal). Upon returning home you will be able to prepare a complete traditional Sicilian meal, from starter to dessert.

1 day to 4 day courses are offered.

Information available upon request.

Details available upon request.


Aside from the splendid, clean, white sandy beach and the crystal blue water, Mondello offers windsurf, diving, tennis, open-air cinema, open air dancing, many good restaurants, pizzerias and snack bars. There is a wonderful game park for small children. And the sea is very child-friendly, no tides, with life-guards. Important: one can swim late in the season in Sicily (well into November) as the temperatures range between 18°-25°C. We have had 25° at Christmas for the last two years!


Palermo Airport 'Falcone & Borsellino' connects Palermo via bus, train and taxi - -as well as car rentals.

Bus leaves on the 1/4hr (5am to 11pm) and takes 45’. Cost is € 5.80 (buy on bus). Piazza Politeama is your stop. From there it is a short walk to the flat. FYI, we, locals, all take the bus.

Train: Trinacria Express to Palermo Centrale, 45’, on the hour, 5am to 11pm, € 4.50, buy at newsstands and tobacco shops.

Car rentals: Hertz; Avis; Europcar; SIXT and others at airport.


The flat is located in the heart of Palermo. One can walk to Teatro Massimo (opera and music), the Salinas Archeological Museum, the Teatro Politeama (also opera and music) the Modern Art Gallery, Piazza Pretoria & amazing fountain, the nearby old Martorana Orthodox church, the famous Palermo Arab-Norman Cathedral and the Norman Royal Palace with its gorgeous Cappella Palatina - just to mention a few among the many nearby places of interest. Mondello, spectacular town and beach is 10km away.

Further Details:

Palermo is a city of colors, flavors and tastes. The people are very friendly and the city is as safe as any large city. One can either walk or rent bikes or scooters. It can also be fun to rent a horse carriage for the day and see the city as they did in the 'old' days.

Food is a big part of everyday life. The open air markets (very fresh produce) of Il Capo, Ballaro, Via Sant' Agostino and Via Bandiera are all within walking distance. After the succulent pastas and special grilled fish dishes you will adore the amazing pastries, the ice creams, the rich, dense coffee, the unique bread with sesame seeds and the wide selection of Sicilian wines.

Gyms are within walking distance as is the posh shopping area (Via Ruggero Settimo and Via Libertà) and the cheaper old shops of Via Maqueda.

Day trips are easily organized and one can have unique experiences traveling not far from Palermo to towns such as Monreale, Bagheria, Rovine di Solunto etc.

The sun is also an important part of Sicily and one will want to go to the beach. The white sandy beach and port town of Mondello, with its lapis lazuli water to have the Gods of the Caribbean turn green with envy, is fifteen minutes away. One can rent two beach chairs and umbrella at 20 €. There is a very good restaurant, Sympaty, at the end of the pier, past the main piazza. Caflisch restaurant (eat in/take out & easier with kids), one of Palermo’s most outstanding patisserie, is also one of Sicily’s undisputed best. They serve an informal lunch under pleasant, shady, trees. It is three minutes from the beach. In the summer, don’t miss the sublime gelo di melone (watermelon gel). Extensive wine list.

Finally, for those who are slightly more ambitious, long day trips (with beautiful and interesting stops on the way) can be taken to:

Catania: 220km (A19 highway).

Trapani: 105km (A29 highway).

Messina: 230km (A20 highway).


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Monte di Pietà Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 2 newly refurbished large bathroom with free standing sink, a tub with a good shower. The windows of each let in abundant light & have wonderful views There's also a washing-machine, hair dryer. Up scale towels and individual bathrobes are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 large bedrooms & en-suite baths, each w/private sitting area, Queen & King size beds, complete privacy. 2 shaker day-beds good for sleeping children or friends. Upscale bedlinen provided (& good pillows). Cot and high-chair also available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Electric heating; propane fuelled stove; fans available if necessary. A housekeeper comes for 1,5 hours a day on weekly rentals. Please note that extra requests such as ironing are available for a small extra fee. Babysitting available. Tour guides are also available locally (prices available on request). Cooking classes (not on premises) also available in 1, 3 5 day courses. Bikes and Scooters can be rented. Outside: One lives outdoors in Palermo where it is sunny and warm 9 months a year. At our apartment you have a choice of 3 terraces. The lovely 'lower terrace', opposite the large kitchen, has comfortable table and chairs under a wicker roof, ideal for breakfast. It is also perfect after 11am for shade lovers - protected from the sun, a perfect respite from the summer heat or when returning from a day the beach! The small terrace, off the 2nd kitchen, is wonderful for sunbathing, reading or afternoon tea! Gorgeous, 5th floor, private, penthouse terrace, x sun-bathers, w/large parasol, table x ten w/large parasol -a perfect place to dine on the local meats, fish and vegetables cooked on the barbie. while waiting for the food to be ready you can sunbathe in total privacy as you sip a glass of lovely Sicilian wine & enjoy the stunning 360 degree views of palermo's church domes, cathedral and the Norman-Arabic architecture of Palazzo dei normanni. Visit my website x virtual tour! Utility Room: Washing-machine and separate hair dryer in each bathroom. Bikes can be stored in a special room on the ground floor. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fully furnished and equipped. Towels, bedlinen etc are all included. Maid service (10:00 am to 12:00pm) 2.0 hrs every day included in the rental fee. She makes the beds, does the dishes, cleans bathrooms & tidies up, Laundry, babysitting available. Other: Bedroom 1 has a sitting area with a table perfect for writing or working on a computer adjacent to an excellent collection of books, DVDs and CDs. French-door windows lead onto a long balcony overlooking the market. Quiet, delightful, full of light!

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