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I've noticed that many site visitors are interested in this book.


So I've collected together some images and information about some palaces and villas on Sicily, in several of which you can stay overnight.

Sicily's varied history means that her palaces and villas are from various eras in various styles. 

Here's a sampling...

Palazzo Tarallo, Palermo

Excelsior Palace, Palermo

Palazzo Ajutamicristo, Palermo

Palazzo Biscari, Catania

Palazzo San Domenico, Taormina

Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

Villa Tasca, Palermo

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Palazzo Tarallo, via Vittorio Emanuele 327, Palermo

Now the Centrale Palace Hotel, Palazzo Tarallo was built in the 1700s and was completely restored in 2003.  It is run as a four-star hotel complete with solarium and fitness center.  The most beautiful areas of the hotel are decorated in the Belle Epoch style.







Click here for more photos on the hotel's site.  Most are photos of the food from the restaurants, however!


Excelsior Palace, via Marchese Ugo 3, Palermo

Now the Excelsior Palace Hotel, the Excelsior was built in 1891 for the National Exhibition and was originally named the Hotel de la Paix.  It was built in the Art Nouveau style and was completely restored in 2005.  It is now run as a four-star luxury hotel.




Palazzo Ajutamicristo, via Garibaldi 23, Palermo

Palazzo Ajutamicristo was built around 1500 by Baron Ajutamicristo as his prestigious family residence.  It played host to a long list of visiting royal dignitaries who found Palermo's Royal Palace insufficiently regal.  In the 1800s the Barons Calefati di Canalotti took possession of the property and their descendents are the current owners.  They run the property as a museum and special events location.  It is listed as a national monument.





Palazzo Biscari, via Museo Biscari, Catania

Palazzo Biscari was begun in 1693 by the Prince of Biscari, Paterno Castello, and building continued over the centuries supervised by his descendents in the Baroque Style.  Today, the Paterno Castello family still owns the property and runs it as a museum and special events location.  They even arrange period dinners for tourists.







Palazzo San Domenico, Piazza San Domenico 5, Taormina

This palace began as a monastery in 1430 and is now the five-star San Domenico Palace Hotel, a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World Association, and boast 4 restaurants on the vast grounds.







Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina

The huge Roman villa at Armerina was begun in around 320 A.D. as the seat of the local feudal landowner and administrator of this region of Sicily.  The villa is mainly a covered archeological site, famous for it's frescos and mosaics, especially the 'girls in bikinis' mosaic.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.





Visit this informative site for more pictures and descriptions including directions.


Villa Tasca, Palermo

From the Luxury Retreats page:  'Villa Tasca is located in the vicinity of the historical center of Palermo. This splendid 18th century mansion belongs to the Counts Tasca D'Almerita, owners of the renowned vineyards of Regaleali.'



'Villa Tasca is a unique oasis of peace and tranquility which only recently has been transformed into a "Historical House" open to all those wishing to discover the beautiful surroundings, rich in history and art.'



'Guests will relive, surrounded by 18th century frescoes and breathtaking interior decoration, the same atmosphere that one inspired Wagner whilst completing his "Parsifal." Each room is different in color, type, view and furnishings.'






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