Gorgeous 1 bedroom Penthouse apartment in Historical neighborhood. Centrally located, fully equipped, quiet, spacious yet cozy, lots of light. Its 2 terraces, overlook open air market 'Carini' and is walking distance of major sites, Opera and rests.
Red' (neighbour of Purple, also on Airbnb) is the Penthouse of an old, very clean, building overlooking the historic market of Porta Carini.
This 4th floor walk-up is quiet, full of light and has no neighbors. The flat consists of entrance, bathroom, kitchen/sitting room and bedroom/study. A large terrace is off the kitchen and a large panoramic terrace is on the roof - -dining, lounging & Weber barbecuing.
The RED has elegant furniture, fist class linens and crockery, top range cooking utensils with modern amenities (WIFI, Sat TV, multi system DVD, washing machine). And the closets are empty. There are none of the owner's personal effects.
Ours is a home that will make you feel at home. Just unpack and enjoy the freedom.
Located five minutes from Palazzo Massimo, the epicenter of Palermo, one does not need a car while staying here (but there is paying and free parking nearby).
If you need to chill in the sun or love markets and cooking (we can even arrange cooking lessons at home!) or if you want to dig in, visit and get to know Palermo, RED is the place as you can walk everywhere from here - -by the way both can also be done at the same time!
In RED you will be able to hang out on 2 Stupendous Terraces With 360 Views Of the churches and palaces of Palermo. The Penthouse wraparound terrace has no one looking at you. Great for sunbathing, dining and relaxing...
Interaction with guests
Although I am new to Airbnb, I have been renting for over 20 years on the Owners Direct website where I have an excellent reputation. For Guest Comments you can also visit my website: (URL HIDDEN) where the individual had written posts have been scanned.
My guests are like extended friends: I am always available by mail or phone and I have a trusted team of collaborators in case you need any help with the flat.
Other things to note
Come and immerse yourself in traditional Sicilian cuisine with Chef Gabriele in the welcoming atmosphere of...your own apartment. Discover the flavors and secrets of Sicilian gastronomy.
The lessons begin with strolling through the market with Gabriele in the morning as you discuss what to eat and then choose it with Gabriele (you can also let him do this for you if you wish).
In the evening, as you are sipping your wine, Gabriele will come over and show you how to prepare the food and you either cook it with him or simply watch and learn as he does it in front of you. Once the food is ready...a tavola!
One way or the other you will go home with knowledge of the tastes and techniques of fine Sicilian cooking.
NOTE: for those who wish for a special, romantic, al fresco dinner cooked for them, and served on the Penthouse terrace Gabriele will guarantee to make it very special and unforgettable. Good for birthdays as well!
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 € 6.20 (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.
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.
Now that you are coming, please treat it with care and attention. Enjoy the books, music and videos and please don't forget to put them back before you leave! The next guest can enjoy them as you did.
IMPORTANT RULES (that are often ignored by Guests, sadly, so we are making them clear here!)
Once we you are booked and we have your email, we can send you the DIRECTIONS DOCUMENTS, MAP and the GUEST BOOKLET which will give you the different options re arriving at the apartment and a good sense of what is around. Please RESPOND TO US so we know that you are in the 'system'.
Regardless of your choice of how to arrive from the airport (Taxi or Bus) , it is VERY important that you call Mr Mokbul (tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) you have collected your bags so he can be there to greet you. He needs some lead time as he is not exclusive to me.
If you are coming by car, train or bus you need to let us know two days in advance the hour you intend to arrive and also IT IS IMPERATIVE YOU CALL ONE HOUR prior to your arrival (no SMS/TEXT/(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) for Mokbul). We do not live there and not calling could cause delays in your entering for which we would not be responsible.
NOTE: we strongly recommend the taxi (€35 instead of €45) from the airport upon arrival. It makes your arrival hassle free and the driver, always the same as we have longstanding working relationship, will call ahead and warn of your impending arrival so the caretaker can be there for you. And it avoids having to walk to the flat after a long trip. We also suggest the BUS on the way out to the airport as it is easier and mellow. The voice is yours but the taxi is the way to go... :))
If you have a flight that arrives after 8pm (20:00) we would like you to take the taxi into town (we have a discounted service and can arrange it for you) instead of the bus. If you take the bus and then have to walk to the flat you will not arrive before 10pm (22:00). We do not live there and have to have someone stand by to let you in. We will always work with you as long as you communicate.
The arrival time is between 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM. There is a certain amount of leeway if we are informed beforehand. Departures need to be no later than 10:30 AM in order to allow time to prepare for the next Guest. We will be strict about departure time if another Guest is coming.
Thank you for your comprehension.
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I am at photographer who works in black-and-white, analogical, who shows his work in different parts of the world. I also direct theater from France to Russia. I normally travel for work. I also have five appartments that I rent out therefore I am particularly sensitive to house rules, communication, and leaving the place the way I found it.
John R. Pepper