BiBi is a luxury bed and breakfast situated in the heart of the historical center of Arezzo, in the S. Andrea district, about 400 meters away from Piazza Grande. The B&B was born out of passion for beauty and it welcomes its guests since 2014, when it was refurbished, making their stay memorable in a city that is yet to be discovered. The B&B has three charming rooms, each one with its own unique personality, distinguishing from each other by the use of colours, lights and attention to details. The flats include kitchens equipped with refrigerator and dishwasher, balconies, a large room with a canopy bed, Murano chandeliers and luxury curtains, LED TV, air conditioning, private bathroom with a hair drier. HOW TO GET THERE BiBi is located about 950 meters away from the Arezzo Train Station and, if you need precise directions to the B&B, from any point in the city, use the map below. The closest bus station is Porta T. Trieste Lato Mura, about 160 meters away, on the bus lines L1S, LF3, LF4, LF6 and LF9.
Villino Erminia is a bed and breakfast located in an ancient house of the 17th century, in Pizzo. The B&B Villino Erminia is a mix of lights and shapes, past and present, Mediterranean colors and modern elegant lines, the result being an exclusive and refined solution for a relaxing holiday. The renovation of the building lasted over a year and, today, Villino Erminia is a place with all the modern comforts and services, large and comfortable spaces, and a beautiful atmosphere that makes the residence welcoming and unique. HOW TO GET THERE Villino Erminia is located 30 meters from the beach, at the edge of the historical center of Pizzo, about 1 kilometer from the Pizzo Train Station. To reach the hotel, from any point in the area, use the map below.
Piccolo Grand Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the historical center of Pizzo, about 150 meters away from Piazza della Repubblica and 200 meters from Castello Murat. Piccolo Grand Hotel welcomes you in one of its 17 elegant rooms and suites, with free Wi-Fi, air conditioned, LCD TV and a balcony. Sustainability had a great influence in planning the hotel. They use the power of the sun to produce hot water, the rooms have magnetic cards to optimize the energy consumption, the windows have magnetic contacts, the kitchens use induction for the cooktops and energy-saving LED lights reduce the demand for electricity throughout the house. HOW TO GET THERE Piccolo Grand Hotel is about 1.6 kilometers away from the Pizzo Train Station. For the right directions, use the map below.
Le Petit B&B is a spectacular bed and breakfast located in the historical center of Pizzo, a few minutes from the beach. The B&B provides a hot tub, a good breakfast, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, offering services of the highest quality at an affordable price. The Deluxe Suite consists of two large connected rooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. The Deluxe Suite offers a two-person jacuzzi that will make your stay special. HOW TO GET THERE Le Petit B&B is located about 100 meters from the Murat Castle and Piazza della Repubblica, and about 1.5 kilometers away from the Pizzo Train Station. If you need directions, use the map below to get to the hotel.
Fontana Garibaldi is an old fountain in Pizzo, known before 1866 as Fontanavecchia (Old Fountain), about which the locals say it has medicinal water which can cure certain diseases. SHORT HISTORY In 1735, Ilario Tranquillo, the author of a book on the ancient Napizia (today’s Pizzo), was talking about the presence of about 80 water springs scattered throughout the territory of the town, fifty to the east and another thirty to the west, from the mountain to the sea, but also, above all, about the existence of two springs with medicinal waters. One of these two fountains is the so-called Fontanavecchia, which since 1866, when it was restored and embellished with a gray granite facade, changed its name to Fontana Garibaldi. It is certain that the Fontanavecchia existed before 1571, the year in which the historian Gabriele Barrio published the first edition of his monumental work Antiquities and places of Calabria, in which he wrote about the fountain. The water that flows from the Fontana Garibaldi is the color of iron, something that can easily be noticed in a glass or other transparent container. Even its taste is ferrous, so probably unpleasant for some people, it is drinkable and Read more [...]
The central Piazza della Repubblica in Pizzo overlooks the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea that bathes the town, flanked by the imposing and beautiful structure of the 15th century Castello Murat. From the middle of the square, turned towards the sea, we can see on the right the statue of Umberto I, the King of Italy from 9 January 1878 until his assassination on 29 July 1900, to whom the square was previously dedicated. The sculpture was made at the beginning of the 20th century by the sculptor Francesco Gerace, while the granitic pedestal was made by Pietro Marmorato. On the left of the square, we find the Fontana del Commercio, built in 1864, made from the granite of a statue which was destroyed in 1860. Piazza della Repubblica is the main meeting point for residents and tourists. Here, you can find numerous places that allow you to taste some of the delicious local gastronomic products accompanied by the view of the splendid panorama. In particular, Pizzo is famous for its ice cream called tartufo, a ball of ice cream with a heart of dark chocolate, covered with bitter cocoa powder. HOW TO GET THERE Piazza della Repubblica is located in Read more [...]
Castello Murat (Murat Castle) is an ancient fort built in the 15th century in Pizzo. The castle is named after Joachim Murat, King of Naples and brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was imprisoned here and sentenced to death by shooting in 1815. SHORT HISTORY The castle was built in two different historical periods. The Mastia Tower (Torre Mastia), the largest tower of the castle, part of the defensive system implemented by the Angevins, dates back to the end of the 14th century. The tower was built for defense against the Saracen raids. About 100 years later, the castle was completed by Ferdinand I of Aragon, for the same purpose – to reject the Saracen attacks. The castle in Pizzo is one of many fortifications built under the Aragonese rule, in towns like Crotone, Cariati, Corigliano, Belvedere and Reggio Calabria. To the already existing Angevin tower, it was added a massive rectangular body, equipped with a tapered tower and a watchtower overlooking the Marina. The works lasted from 1481 to 1485. In 1505, it was ceded by Ferdinand the Catholic to the De Mendoza and later, by succession, to the De Silva, Dukes of the Infantado, who kept it until Read more [...]
Pizza Roma is an interesting pizzeria located in the historical center of Reggio Calabria, just a few meters from the splendid Lungomare Falcomatà. The two entrepreneurs, Nino and his wife, Francesca, are making an excellent pizza with high quality ingredients, balancing carbohydrates and proteins, using strictly fresh vegetables, meats and fish, presented through recipes designed for everyone. Nino and Francesca personally take care of the doughs, made with the best raw materials available on the market. This is why pizza from Pizza Roma is considered so special and continues to win the hearts of local people and tourists too. Pizza Roma offers competitive prices suitable for all budgets, maximum attention to customer needs, a rapid service and a constant search for quality. HOW TO GET THERE Pizza Roma is close to the northern end of Lungomare Falcomatà, about 1.7 kilometers away from the Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale, the main train station of the city. If you need precise directions, use the map below.
Trattoria del Pesce Fresco is a restaurant located in the heart of Reggio Calabria, ready to welcome lovers of excellent Calabrian cuisine and the many visitors to the city. Trattoria del Pesce Fresco is pleased to welcome you with the best fish specialties. A wide variety of starters, main courses and side dishes will be available according to the daily catch. Based on the daily catch and the imagination of the Chef, the Trattoria del Pesce Fresco offers a wide selection of appetizers. Among the most popular specialties, we can find swordfish cake, octopus salad, sweet and sour onion soup, sea snail and many others. HOW TO GET THERE Trattoria del Pesce Fresco is about 450 meters away from the Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale, the main train station of the city. For the right directions, use the map below.
Pizzeria Lievito is a nice pizzeria located in the historical center of Reggio Calabria, at equal distance (about 400 meters) from the Aragonese Castle and the Lungomare Falcomatà. Lievito stands out from every other pizzeria because in their menu there are only quality craft beers. Here, you’ll find hundreds of beer labels, both bottled and on tap. The staff of Lievito will advise you in choosing the best beer to combine with their dishes. Pizzeria Lievito is a local that escapes from the usual patterns of classic pizzerias and breweries, a concept of catering with a precise identity, which combines innovation with tradition. HOW TO GET THERE Pizzeria Lievito is about 1.4 kilometers from the Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale, or about 15 minutes on foot. If you need precise directions, use the map below.
Town House Cavour is a bed and breakfast located in the historical center of Reggio Calabria, adjacent to the Piazza del Duomo, near the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Town House Cavour is a prestigious 150 square meters apartment, located in the heart of the city, near the seafront Lungomare Falcomatà. Recently restored, this residence has been transformed into a charming bed and breakfast, where, in the atmosphere of a private home, all the modern comforts are offered. Charm, elegance, careful attention to detail and refinement distinguish the decor of each of the 4 bedrooms, all with large private bathrooms. HOW TO GET THERE Town House Cavour is about 750 meters away from the Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale, and if you need directions, use the map below.
Casa Blanca is another splendid bed & breakfast located in a completely renovated historic building, in the historical center of Reggio Calabria, a few steps from the Duomo, the National Museum and the enchanting Lungomare Falcomatà. The property offers free Wi-Fi and TV in all the rooms, a restaurant on the ground floor, transfer service to and from the airport, parking, 24-hour refreshment area with snacks, coffee, tea and pastry. The breakfast is made from fresh products from the local bakeries, and is customizable according to your preferences. Served daily, it can be consumed in the breakfast room or in the most complete privacy of your room, equipped with comfortable table and chairs. HOW TO GET THERE B&B Casa Blanca is located about 800 meters away from the main train station of the city, Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale. If you need precise directions, use the map below.
Kalavria B&B is an elegant bed and breakfast located in the heart of Reggio Calabria, just a few meters from the Aragonese Castle. Located in an independent building, the structure has been completely renovated in a sober and modern style, and the B&B consists of 4 double rooms with private bathroom. Guests have at their disposal a 32″ LCD Smart TV, wifi connection, bathroom set, hairdryer, large wardrobes, the house keys for the maximum freedom and the opportunity to enjoy an intimate and peaceful terrace. HOW TO GET THERE The central location of the B&B allows you to reach the other attractions of the city in a few minutes, such as the Archaeological Museum of Magna Graecia, the Falcomatà seafront and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Kalavria B&B is about 1 kilometer away from the Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale, and if you need precise directions, use the map below.
Lungomare Falcomatà, built along the seafront of Reggio Calabria, is the most famous street of the city and one of the most famous in Italy. Lungomare is dedicated to the mayor Italo Falcomatà, protagonist and inspirer of the Primavera di Reggio (Spring of Reggio), the rebirth of the city from the 1990s. The waterfront of Reggio is about 1.7 kilometers long, from Piazza Indipendenza to Piazza Garibaldi, consisting of four segments: Falcomatà, Matteotti, Corso Vittorio Emanuele III and Viale Genoese Zerbi. The entire area is generally identified as Via Marina. The seafront of the city is rich in palm trees and varied plant species. The avenue is adorned with buildings dating back to the last reconstruction of the city, after the 1908 earthquake. The street is also enriched by elements that indirectly trace the history of the city, such as numerous commemorative monuments, a monumental fountain and some archaeological sites testifying about the Greek-Roman era. Between the sea and the promenade stands the Arena dello Stretto (Arena of the Strait), a typically Greek-style theater that hosts cultural events especially during the summer months. On the pier of Porto Salvo, in front of the arena, stands the monument of Vittorio Emanuele Read more [...]
The Aragonese Castle is an ancient fortification located in the homonymous Piazza Castello, in Reggio Calabria. Together with the Riace Bronzes, it is considered one of the main historical symbols of the city. SHORT HISTORY Under Emperor Justinian I, during the war between the Goths and the Byzantines, Belisarius entered Reggio to free it from the barbarians and found the city devoid of fortifications, so the general immediately ordered the restoration of the city walls. As a consequence, a castle was built around the 6th century. In 1059, the fortress passed from the Byzantines to the Normans, and in 1266 to Charles I of Anjou. Since the Normans, who established the court there, the castle was modified and enlarged several times. A substantial part of the work took place during the reign of Frederick II of Swabia, when the imperial authority built a state defense system for the Kingdom of Sicily. The Swabian part of the castle, a building with a square plan, with four corner towers, also of square shape, remained standing until after the earthquake of 1908. The castle was restored in 1327, after the repeated wars between the Angevins and the Aragonese, then fortified in 1381 Read more [...]
COOEE Michelizia Tropea Resort is a 4-star hotel in Tropea, offering you an unforgettable getaway in a comfortable and modern surroundings, rewarding you with stunning views of the port and the coast. If you need a romantic weekend in a luxury suite with jacuzzi, a quiet room with private garden and wide veranda or a family room, COOEE Michelizia Tropea Resort will meet all your needs. The hall and the reception, the bar, the bistrot together with the panoramic swimmingpool, the lounge area and the gardens connect the different parts of the complex, providing excellent options to the guests. HOW TO GET THERE Located in the vicinity of the Church of Santa Maria di Michelizia, the complex is about 1.1 kilometers away from the Tropea Train Station and about 750 meters from the historical center of the city. If you need precise directions, use the map below.
La Dolce Vita a Tropea is a 4-star hotel with comfortable and beautiful rooms, a delicious and generous breakfast, a breathtaking view of the sea and a marvellous position in the centre of Tropea, the perfect combination for an unforgettable holiday discovering the Coast of the Gods. The splendid position of the hotel in the centre of Tropea and its incomparable view of the little rock of the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola will make your holiday unique. La Dolce Vita a Tropea is located inside the Palazzo Barone di Tropea, an ancient patrician building standing on the edge of the Tropea coastline, offering 7 rooms in an original style, the perfect combination of 1950’s design and contemporary comfort. All rooms have TV, minibar, safe, internet, wi-fi and air conditioning, offering to all an unforgettable stay. HOW TO GET THERE La Dolce Vita a Tropea is located inside the Old Town, about 1 kilometer from the Tropea Train Station. If you need the exact location of the hotel, use the map below.
Tropea Boutique Hotel is a wonderful hotel located in a historical building from the 19th century, recently renovated, 150 meters away from the beach. All the rooms are including private bathrooms, and some have a private balcony. Tropea Boutique Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property, and a 24-hour front desk is available. From the terrace of the hotel, you can experience unique sunsets all year around. HOW TO GET THERE Tropea Boutique Hotel is about 900 meters away from the Tropea Train Station and about 250 meters from the historical center of the city. For the right directions to the hotel, use the map below.
The Port of Tropea is probably the most searched spot for yachts sailing along the Coast of the Gods. The port has an outer breakwater 500 meters long and an inner breakwater of 210 meters. On the inner breakwater, there are 3 piers, while the outer breakwater has 6 floating docks. The port features about 450 boat moorings, capable of accommodating boats of up to 45 meters, with sea beds from 3 to 5 meters. Of the many facilities the port offers, we can mention electricity, water and fuel, free WI-FI coverage, toilets, showers, a laundry room and some car parking spaces. A shop selling nautical supplies is also located within the port. The area is equipped with surveillance cameras. HOW TO GET THERE You can find the Port of Tropea to the east of the town, separated from the Rotonda Beach by the rock of San Leonardo. You can reach the harbor either coming from the west, on Via Lungomare, or from the south, on Contrada Marina Vescovado.
Tropea is well known for its beautiful beaches and one of the best beaches in the city is, without a doubt, the Rotonda Beach, or Spiaggia della Rotonda, located near the Port of Tropea. With a great view on the rock of Santa Maria dell’Isola, the Rotonda Beach is bounded on the East by the rock of San Leonardo, and on the West by another small beach, Spiaggia Mare Piccolo (Little Sea). Above, in the back, is the old town of Tropea, watching from its height over the people on the sand. HOW TO GET THERE The Rotonda Beach is about 500 meters from the historical center of the city and about 250 meters from the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola. To find it easily, you can use the map below.
B&B Al Vicoletto is a bed and breakfast located in a typical old house in the historic center of Scilla, on one of its most characteristic alleys, guaranteeing peace and relaxation. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TV, air conditoning, a balcony or a terrace. HOW TO GET THERE B&B Al Vicoletto is just a few steps from Piazza San Rocco, about 550 meters from the Mermaid Beach, 400 meters from Castello Ruffo and about 950 meters from the Scilla Train Station. If you want to find the B&B on foot, use the map below.
Villa Paladino is a Bed & Breakfast located in a quiet and comfortable position, a few steps from the Oliveto Beach and the beautiful district of Chianalea, in Scilla. The rooms are equipped with all the comfort, and you can enjoy the common spaces like the large living room, the shared kitchen, the garden with veranda, two sun terraces and the parking. The B&B Villa Paladino has 3 double bedrooms and a single, large living room, while the Guest House has 4 quadruple rooms, two of which have an equipped kitchen. HOW TO GET THERE Villa Paladino is about 1.7 kilometers away from Scilla Train Station and a 17-minute walk from Marina Grande and the Mermaid Beach.
B&B Mastro Francesco was born in an ancient house, on a narrow street of the historical center of Scilla. The renovation carried out aimed at leaving intact the spirit and authenticity of the house, the taste of the old place combined with modern comforts. B&B Mastro Francesco means hospitality, simplicity and attention to detail. HOW TO GET THERE B&B Mastro Francesco is located about 1 kilometer away from Scilla Train Station. To find the place, use the map below.
The history of the Port of Scilla is closely linked to that of its city, whose ancient origins are a blend of mythology, history, legend and images created by the enchanting surrounding landscape. Fishermen of the past chose the area next to the cliff of Scilla, where the presence of the numerous rocks facilitated the practice of fishing, while allowing the construction of the rudimentary huts. Over the centuries, this port has been a refuge for boats that crossed the Messina Strait, later becoming a fishing port, since fishing was the main activity for the local population. Even today, at the quay, are often anchored special boats for fishing swordfish, a type of fish very common in the area. The Port of Scilla consists of a pier with an “L” shape, equipped in the inner part with quays and bollards for mooring. The Ruffo di Calabria quay is used for pleasure boating, the Scoglio di Ulisse quay is dedicated to fishing boats, while the outer dock is assigned for commercial use and for anchoring police vehicles. The recreational services are managed by the Boat Service, which has positioned near the port 2 ecological camps with 100 berths, active from May Read more [...]
The Mermaid Beach, or Spiaggia delle Sirene, is a 800 meters long beach in Scilla, set between the Ruffo Castle in the East and the rocky Punta Pacì in the West. The Scilla Beach is a wonderful beach of coarse sand, bathed by the beautiful crystalline and clear water of the Tyrrhenian Sea, with an extraordinary transparency thanks to the gravelly bottom. The sea conceals tremendous natural treasures, the water being rich in various fish species, algae and molluscs, ideal for snorkeling. Perfect for families with children, the beach is well equipped, offering kiosks, bars and numerous restaurants overlooking the sea, as well as the possibility to rent several apartments and holiday homes nearby. HOW TO GET THERE The beach is easily reachable from the Scilla Train Station, the station being only 50 meters away.
The Ruffo Castle, known in Italian as Castello Ruffo di Scilla or Castello Ruffo di Calabria, is an ancient fortification built on the promontory of Scilla, on the southern shore of the Messina Strait, being one of the most characteristic elements of the Calabrian landscape. SHORT HISTORY The first fortification built on the rock of Scilla dates back to the beginning of the 5th century B.C.. During the tyranny of Anaxilas, the city of Reggio assumed a considerable importance, and in 493 B.C., to put an end to the raids of the Tyrrhenian pirates who had a secure base in Scilla, defeated them and started the building of the fortress. The fortress will become for Anaxilas an important outpost for controlling the sea routes. The fortification was under the rule of the tyrants of Reggio, often engaged in clashes with the pirates, until 390 B.C., when Dionysius, the tyrant of Syracuse, conquered the fortress after a long siege. Fifty years have passed from that moment, until the regaining of the independence of Scilla, favored by Timoleonte di Corinto, who destroyed the tyrannical power of Syracuse in the year 340 B.C.. In 1060, during the siege of Reggio by the Read more [...]
Maurizio Tower, built in Piazza del Duomo, in Orvieto, between 1347 and 1348, is one of the oldest clock towers in Italy. Maurizio is the bronze automaton on top of the tower, which, at fixed time, swings its body and strikes the bell with its hammer. SHORT HISTORY The history of the Maurizio Tower is closely related to the history of the Orvieto Cathedral. The tower was comissioned by the Opera del Duomo, and built between 1347 and 1348, to support the worksite. The tower was built originally to be a sundial, because at the time of its construction, there was no mechanical clock available. Its role was to indicate the start and the end of the work schedule. The current clockwork mechanism dates back to the 18th century, when a countwheel was added to strike the quarters on the smaller bells. Other adjustments were made between 1860 and 1870. In 1905, the headgear of the Maurizio was replaced. On October 29, 2011, the clock tower was brought back to use, and the building has become an information point for the Duomo and the Museum System of Orvieto’s Opera del Duomo (MODO). HOW TO GET THERE Maurizio Tower Read more [...]
Hotel Duomo lies in the heart of Orvieto, just a few steps from the famous cathedral of the city. Situated in a completely refurbished building, the hotel guarantees its guests’ comfort. Hotel Duomo has 18 rooms, five of which are junior suites. The rooms are elegantly refurbished, and are situated on three floors. The upholstery and furnishings have been chosen to take advantage of the light and its various shades: yellow for the first floor, sky blue for the second floor and red for the third. One of the most celebrated contemporary artists of Orvieto, Livio Orazio Valentini worked on the design of the hall and the rooms. Valentini has given a distinct atmosphere to the building, many of his paintings being scattered around the hotel. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is Piazza Duomo, in front of the Cathedral of Orvieto, about 160 meters away from the hotel, on the bus lines 1, A and CC.
Hotel Gialletti is a 3 star hotel in Orvieto, with a refined and modern design, excellent for those who would like to visit the city and also need a good starting point for exploring the surrounding area. The Gialletti Family has managed the hotel since 1967, guaranteeing a quality accommodation for their guests. Their rich buffet breakfast shows how much they like to meet all their guests’ needs, and the reception and bar, which are open 24 hours a day, reflect their commitment to customer care at any time of day or night. The attention to cleanliness is proverbial and each room is personally checked by the owner. The hotel’s restaurant is completely restored, offering 3 elegant rooms with 320 seats, air conditioned and parking for cars. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine with homemade pasta and selected meats. HOW TO GET THERE Hotel Gialletti is located at about 1.7 kilometers from the Orvieto Scalo Train Station and the funicular station, and 200 meters from the exit to the A1 Highway (Autostrada del Sole). The closest bus station is Via Angelo Costanzi, on the bus routes 8, E635, E643, E646 and E653.
Affittacamere Valentina is a Bed & Breakfast offering beautiful accommodation in the historical center of Orvieto. The rooms, which have been recently remodelled, include private bathrooms, showers, hairdryers, air conditioning, tv, minibar and have a private entrance. Valentina means antique wood furniture and classic-style décor. On request, the property can arrange wine-tasting sessions, bike rental and restaurant or museums reservations. HOW TO GET THERE Affitacamere Valentina is located about 500 meters from the Cathedral of Orvieto and about 60 meters from Palazzo del Popolo. The closest bus station is Vicolo Corsica, 100 meters away from the B&B, on the bus line CC.
Palazzo del Popolo, or Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, is an imposing palace in Orvieto, located in the homonymous square, Piazza del Popolo. SHORT HISTORY The square was born around 1250 to host the Palazzo del Popolo, the palace which would welcome the Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People), a political figure of the local administration in medieval Italy, established to balance the power and authority of noble families. It is believed that the palace was built on the initiative of the Neri della Greca family, on a pre-existing papal palace of 1157. Around 1250, the area was cleared and the existing constructions were demolished, so that a proper seat for the Captain of the People could be built, and Piazza del Popolo was born between 1281 and 1284. Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo was completed in the early 14th century, but the building saw changes and expansions in the following decades. The strange bell tower was built in 1315, and the bell which is now located on Torre del Moro was placed inside. Among the main rooms, there is the Sala dei Quattrocento, the hall that in 1596 was sold to the Faculty of Law, Theology and Read more [...]
Pozzo della Cava (The Quarry Well) is one of the two ancient wells in Orvieto, the other being Pozzo di San Patrizio. SHORT HISTORY The well was excavated, initially, by Etruscans searching for water springs in Orvieto. After many centuries, in 1527, Pope Clement VII took refuge in Orvieto after the Sack of Rome, and ordered the rehabilitation of the well, before comissioning the Pozzo di San Patrizio. The work was paid by the Municipality and was completed in 1530. Pozzo della Cava remained open until 1646, when the town authorities ordered its closing, after five French officers who attempted to molest women were thrown into the well. After more than 3 centuries, the well was uncovered by Tersilio Sciarra in December 1984. The restoration works lasted until 1996 and, in 2004, the ancient access from Via della Cava was restored. ARCHITECTURE The well is 36 meters deep, including the height of the spring water at the bottom. Pozzo della Cava consists of two parts that have been unified – a larger one, circular, with an average diameter of 3.40 meters, and a smaller rectangular shaft, measuring 60 x 80 centimeters. A tunnel about 1.7 meters high and Read more [...]
Pozzo di San Patrizio (Saint Patrick’s Well) is one of the two ancient wells in Orvieto, the other being Pozzo della Cava. SHORT HISTORY In 1527, Pope Clement VII, returned to Orvieto after the Sack of Rome and, eager to protect himself in case of a siege, comissioned the structure of the well to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. The well, originally named Pozzo della Rocca (The Fortress Well), as it was close to the fortress Rocca Albornoziana, was designed to provide water in the event of a disaster or siege. The well was built between 1527 and 1537. The works were concluded during the papacy of Paul III Farnese (1534-1549). Pozzo di San Patrizio took the name of St. Patrick, probably because it was used as a Purgatory of Saint Patrick, similar to the cave in Ireland where the unbelievers who descended to its bottom would gain access to heaven. ARCHITECTURE The well was built by digging in the tuff of the plateau on which Orvieto stands, being an amazing masterpiece of hydraulic engineering. Pozzo di San Patrizio is a cylindrical structure, 54 meters deep, with a diameter of 13 meters. The access to the well is Read more [...]
Torre del Moro, originally known as Torre del Papa, is a tower 47 meters high adjacent to the Palazzo dei Sette, in Orvieto. From the top of the tower, a bird eye’s view of the entire city below is unfolding in all its splendor. SHORT HISTORY The tower was built towards the end of the 13th century, at the same time with the restoration of the existing buildings and the construction of new buildings. In the 16th century, the tower was renamed Torre del Moro, after Raffaele Gualterio, known as Il Moro, who also gave his name to Palazzo Gualterio and to the entire district. In 1865, a water tank was placed in the Torre del Moro, at the height of 18 meters. One year later, in 1866, the mechanical clock and the two bells were added to the tower. One of the bells came from Torre di Sant’Andrea and the other from Palazzo del Popolo. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is Piazza Duomo, right in front of the Cathedral of Orvieto, about 300 meters away from the tower or about 4 minutes on foot. To get to the tower, you must walk on Via Read more [...]
Artemis Hotel is a four star hotel located in the town of Cefalù, very close to the sea and the historical centre, in a newly renovated convent built in the 1950s. Visiting the hotel, one can see how each element has been harmoniously blended with the old convent structure, respecting the aesthetics of a different historical period. Staying at the Artemis Hotel is like living a dream in a historical environment, with the best up-to-date technology at your service. Each room has been designed with attention to detail, comfortable and cozy furnishings being the basis of a classic and relaxing design. Rooms are soundproofed and air conditioned, and each one comes with a minibar, safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. The philosophy of the Artemis Hotel, from the moment of its creation, is based on the complete satisfaction of the customer. Going beyond the four stars which comprise various services, the staff observes high standards of courtesy and professionalism with the guests. HOW TO GET THERE Artemis Hotel is about 300 meters away from the Cefalù Train Station, 200 meters away from the Lungomare Beach and almost 1 kilometer away from the historical center of the city.
Costa Verde is a four star hotel in Cefalù, ideal for spending a family holiday, offering activities, entertainment, catering, but also sea, sun and relaxation for the happiness of all the members of your family. A mix of sobriety and elegance characterizes the 388 rooms of the Hotel Costa Verde, all with private balconies and attention to detail. Tastefully decorated with colors that already evoke holidays, such as white, golden yellow and blue, the rooms are equipped with private bathroom, heating, air conditioning, hairdryer, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, private balcony and wi-fi. Hotel Costa Verde has two different restaurant-spaces, one inside and one outside (open from June to September, depending on weather conditions), both offering a wide range of regional and international dishes, with buffet service. In addition, there is a third restaurant on the beach where you can have lunch by reservation, for a total capacity of over 1000 seats. HOW TO GET THERE Costa Verde is about 7 kilometers away from the Cefalù Train Station, and you can reach the hotel with a Taxi, after a few minutes drive.
Victoria Palace Cefalù is a four star hotel in Cefalù, a few steps from the historical center and just 20 meters from the beautiful beach of Cefalù. Victoria Palace Hotel will complete and satisfy the demand of those who want to enjoy moments of great relaxation, in a cozy and familiar atmosphere at the same time. With an excellent location for an unforgettable holiday, the hotel has 26 luxurious rooms equipped with all comforts, as well as 4 suites with 70 square meters terraces. HOW TO GET THERE Victoria Palace Hotel is about 600 meters from the Cefalù Train Station, and no more than 600 meters from the historical center of the town. Although it’s easy to find, you can also use the map below.
La Rocca, locally called u castieddu (the castle), is a fortified cliff 268 meters high overlooking the beautiful town of Cefalù, rising on the Tyrrhenian coast, one of the most important reference points for navigation between Palermo and Messina. The relief of La Rocca has at its base a triangle with the ridges facing east, west and south. On all sides, the Rocca is characterized by very high cliffs that are practically inaccessible. The complex of fortifications (lower walls, upper walls and the castle on the top) is therefore adapted to the extraordinary topography of the site, constituting a real acropolis. The lower western part of La Rocca is characterized by the ruins of a series of mills and pipelines that collected and exploited the water that descended on the slope. On this side, the path fortified in the Middle Ages climbs to the top of the hill. The perimeter halfway to the top is surrounded by crenellated walls dating back to the Middle Ages and completed, in the recent part, in the 15th century. On the western side of the walls, opens the access gate to which the path leads. Still halfway up the hill, about 150 meters above Read more [...]
Temple of Diana (Tempio di Diana) is a megalithic structure found about 150 meters above the sea leavel, on the imposing La Rocca, the rocky hill dominating the town of Cefalù. SHORT HISTORY Some historians have claimed that the Temple of Diana is the oldest structure in Sicily, built in the 5th or 4th century B.C., over an existing cistern associated with the worship of the water. The incorporated dolmenic cistern is considered of proto-historic period by many scholars. In the 12th century, the structure was used as a chapel, remains of an apse and arched windows being visible in the rear and interior of the temple. The first official archaeological excavations were made by Pirro Marconi in the first half of the 20th century. The excavations allowed to acquire more informations about the age of the building and its role, the conclusion being that the structure was a temple dedicated to the sun. ARCHITECTURE The temple has a main entrance oriented to the west, from which starts a corridor leading to the rocky cistern characterized by a dolmenic coverage. The front door is not at the center of the building, but near the north-west corner, measuring 2.68 Read more [...]
Lungomare is a beautiful long sandy beach in Cefalù, a fantastic place both for tourists and locals to enjoy the warm sunshine of Sicily. The beach is about 5 kilometers long, starts from the edge of the old center of Cefalù and runs alongside a promenade lined with hotels, restaurants and shops. In the summer time, you can find plenty of private lidos, with sunbeds and umbrellas, but there are also public areas that you can enjoy for free. Due to the shallow waters, the Lungomare beach is popular with families. In July and August, the beach can be very crowded, but the atmosphere is nice. HOW TO GET THERE From the Cefalù Train Station, to the Lungomare Beach, are about 600 meters, or about 6 minutes on foot.
Torre Caldura (Caldura Tower) is one of the coastal watch towers in Cefalù, and the most important of them, part of the immense historical and architectural heritage of Sicily. Dating back to the 16th century, Torre Caldura is, today, in a profound state of deterioration, with portions of masonry frequently collapsing. Its profile overlooking the cliff has always characterized the image of Cefalù for those coming from the east, and is now an integral part of this landscape, depicted in many paintings and photographs. HOW TO GET THERE Torre Caldura is about 3.1 kilometers away from the Cefalù Train Station, located near the Presidiana Harbour, the main port of Cefalù.
Cefalù Cathedral, or Duomo di Cefalù, is a beautiful church built in Norman architectural style in Cefalù, dominating the skyline of the medieval town with its fortress-like appearance. SHORT HISTORY The Cathedral of Cefalù was built by Roger II of Altavilla, King of Sicily, Puglia and Calabria, in the year 1131. According to the legend, the king, traveling by ship from Salerno to Palermo, came across a storm, and vowed to build a church there, after he landed safe on the city’s beach. The work began with the laying of the foundation stone on Sunday, June 7, the day of Pentecost, in the year 1131. The king was present at the ceremony, along with the Archbishop of Messina Ugone and the Sicilian nobility. In 1145, the church was established as the mausoleum of the royal family of Altavilla, but the will of Roger II was never fulfilled, because he died suddenly on February 28, 1154, in Palermo, and was buried in the crypt of the Cathedral of Palermo, where he is still resting. At the death of Roger II, only the presbytery area of the church had been completed, and in the following years, the interest moved to the Read more [...]
There is not much to say about the Old Port of Cefalù and, in this case, the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is completely true. The old fishing port, known also as the Molo, certainly offers one of the most bewitching views of the city. The small beach, the rocks that enclose it, the 70-meter pier, the balconies of the buildings overlooking the sea, the shape of the cathedral and the green hill of Rocca in the background makes the picture perfect. Near the port, there is also the only one of the four gates of the medieval city still standing, Porta Pescara, consisting of a Gothic arch that overlooks the small beach where the small and colorful fishermen’s boats are resting. HOW TO GET THERE The Old Port is about 1 kilometer away from the Cefalù Train Station, no more than 15 minutes on foot. From the edge of the historical center of the city to Piazza Marina, near the old port, there are about 250 meters. The historical centre of Cefalù is small and you can easily cross it on foot in about 15 minutes. But if you will allow yourself time to look Read more [...]
Bio Hotel is located in the heart of Palermo, in an area with one of the most important touristic and commercial attractions of the city, near two of the most important cultural landmarks, Teatro Massimo and Politema Theatre. Bio Hotel Palermo is the only concept hotel in the city, based on the idea of biological style. Your breakfast will be made from strictly biological products. The Hotel furniture is made by absolutely natural materials, respecting its environment by means of different eco-save instruments. These elements are the fundamental principles on which the Bio Hotel Palermo has created its accommodation. All rooms are freely inspired by elements, concepts and flavours evocating the natural bio concept of the hotel. Colours, furnishings and decorations have been amalgamated with the specific intention of creating some suggestions about the bio issue. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station, about 160 meters away from the hotel, is Roma – Stabile, on the bus routes 101, 102, 103, 104, 108, 124, 134 and 812. If you would like to find the Bio Hotel on foot, use the map below.
MAD Bed and Breakfast is a B&B located in the heart of the historic center of Palermo, a few steps from the Quattro Canti and Fontana Pretoria, and a few minutes on foot from the Cathedral, the Teatro Massimo, the Ballarò Historical Market and the Central Train and Bus Station. A welcoming and original apartment that Santino and Antonella, the two owners and curators, have furnished with passion: the living room and the terrace, common areas for breakfast and relaxation, and the two double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom and all the comfort. MAD B&B offers you all the typical hospitality of Sicily, made of quality, availability, courtesy and the best tips to better enjoy your visit in Palermo. HOW TO GET THERE There are two bus stations at about the same distance from the B&B, 180 meters away, both on Via Maqueda and both on the bus line Arancione – Piazza Pretoria and Maqueda – Palazzo Comitini.
Massimo Plaza is a four-star boutique hotel with a sober and elegant atmosphere, located in Palermo, right in front of Teatro Massimo. Discreet luxury, with warm colors and impeccable finishes, come together to recreate an atmosphere that surrounds the customer in the most pleasant way. The different rooms, with sober and warm tones at the same time, all expertly soundproofed, are equipped with adequate amenities to allow guests to experience moments of absolute relaxation. The Massimo Plaza Hotel is the starting point from which to discover the artistic life of Palermo, the attractions, the shopping streets and all the other things that the city offers. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is Donizzetti, about 160 meters away, on the bous route Arancione. If you want to find the hotel on foot, use the map below.
Quattro Mani is a restaurant located in piazza Magione, within the Kalsa neighbourhood, in Palermo, offering a sincere cuisine dedicated to the Sicilian tradition. Their cuisine is inspired by their homes. To eat well, you need the best ingredients, which is why they are dedicated to constantly retrieve products all around Sicily which meet very specific criteria – small companies that follow the principles of organic production. The selection of materials is exclusively made in Sicily, with the exception of a few important ingredients, such as Parmigiano Reggiano. HOW TO GET THERE Restaurant Ouattro Mani is located in Via Francesco Riso, 3. The closest bus station is Alloro – Abatellis, about 180 meters away, on the bus route Arancione – the free bus of the historic center of Palermo.
Ottava Nota (Eighth Note) is a restaurant located in the historical center of Palermo, in the popular neighborhood Kalsa, a short walk from Cala, the ancient port of the city. Three rooms are welcoming you in a comfortable and seductive environment, where the sight, taste, smell, and feel of the dishes will go to a contamination of all your senses. Because the art of creating masterpieces in the kitchen starts right from the choice of ingredients, Ottava Nota uses only fresh and genuine raw materials. The ingredients and techniques of traditional cuisine, especially of a land rich in flavors such as Sicily, are always a starting point, a continuous path that leads to new experiences. The skill and creativity of the chef, the atmosphere and the magic of this place ar added to the beautiful recipe which is Ottava Nota. HOW TO GET THERE The restaurant can be found in Via Butera, 55. The closest bus station is Foro Umberto I – Porta Felice, on the bus lines 107 and Arancione.
Zisa is a castle in Palermo, part of the ancient Norman hunting resort known as Genoardo, included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. SHORT HISTORY The construction of the castle started around 1165, during the reign of William I of Sicily, and was completed by his son, William II, in 1175. The castle was not substantially modified until the 17th century. Significant restoration work took place between 1635 and 1636, when Juan de Sandoval, knight of Alcantara, bought the castle. Another floor was added, closing the terrace, and a large staircase was built. Subsequently, in 1806, Zisa came into the possesion of the Notarbartolo princes, representatives of the old Sicilian nobility and heirs of the Ducal House of Sandoval de Leon, who made it their residence, carrying out various consolidation works. In 1955, the building was expropriated by the Italian State, and the restoration work, which began immediately, was suspended shortly after. After fifteen years of neglect, in 1971, the right wing collapsed. The project for the reconstruction was entrusted to Professor Giuseppe Caronia, who, after about twenty years of passionate work, in June 1991, gave back to the world one of the most beautiful buildings of Read more [...]
Teatro Massimo is the largest theater building in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe, after the Opéra National in Paris and the Vienna State Opera. Representation rooms, halls and galleries surround the theater, forming an architectural complex of grandiose proportions. SHORT HISTORY In the second half of the 19th century, in the light of the new united Italy, Palermo was engaged in getting itself a new identity. The competition for the project of a new opera house had been announced by the Palermo Council in 1864, but the first stone was laid on January 12, 1875, after ten years of vicissitudes. The project was entrusted to the architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile, known for the restoration of the Cathedral in Acireale. After his death, in 1891, the construction was supervised by his son, the architect Ernesto Basile. For the effective building of the theater, was contracted the architect Giovanni Rutelli, responsible also for the external decorations of the building. Teatro Massimo opened its doors to the public on the evening of May 16, 1897, with Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff as the inaugural opera. In 1935, the theatre was officially recognized as a public theatre. In 1974, the theatre Read more [...]