Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Principe di Villafranca Palermo

The four-star, boutique Hotel Principe di Villafranca in a quiet and sophisticated district of Palermo, near the via Liberta, is luxuriously simple combining state-of the-art design and Sicilian antiques. The 32 bedooms are simple and stylish, adorned with modern works of art. There are plenty of quiet spots to enjoy a coffee or read a book in between sightseeing. Traditional Sicilian dishes are served at the restaurant Il Principe e L'Oste.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Palermo
  • Private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Principe di Villafranca, Palermo

Hotel Principe di Villafranca is a 4-star boutique hotel in an excellent central location. The hotel features a variety of artwork and comfortable accommodation, and is a relaxing retreat from which to explore the ancient city of Palermo.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In the Liberty district at the heart of Palermo

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Palermo Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is 30-minutes' drive from Palermo Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Bar, Private Beach Area, access to Hammam, Laundry Service, Room Service, Library, Lounge Bar in fireplace room, Fitness Room, 24/7 Reception, Babysitting, Concierge, Personal Shopper, Car Rental, Garage Parking, Cooking Classes, Off-site Golf Course, Tours and Excursions can be arranged.

Out and about nearby

Palermo is home to some of the world's greatest examples of Arab-Norman architecture, particularly the San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale and its striking Cappella Palatina mosaics, and La Martorana. Outside Palermo, Monreale is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily, and houses 12th and 13th century mosaics and cloisters. Palermo is an excellent location in which to try the range of Sicilian wines, with streets laden with wine shops and cellars and vineyards covering much of the surrounding landscape. To get a real sense of the city, perhaps take one of the many themed walking tours: from street art, historic cars, fishing history, cemeteries, to gardens. While here, make sure you explore Sferracavallo, Palermo's fishing village, the small temple on top of Monte Gallo, the Mondello city garden, and the port.

Sports nearby

Water Sports, Cycling, Sailing, Golf.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard room for 5 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code IE727

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Principe di Villafranca, Palermo

The four-star boutique Hotel Principe di Villafranca sits at the centre of the most prosperous areas in Palermo, Sicily. The streets, though tinged with history, are home to designer shops and eclectic modern buildings, and are just minutes away from Palermo's picturesque marina. From the outside, the hotel has a very sleek, contemporary appearance; however, when you walk in through the lobby, you will be struck by the characterful arches, the antique Sicilian furniture, and the distinctive colourful artwork on the walls. A homely and traditional fireplace sits as the centrepiece of the main lounge, crested with a coat of arms. In the lounge bar, teas and coffees can be enjoyed in a stylish, cosy atmosphere, and in the library, you can select a book from one of the many shelves and relax into a comfortable and quirky sofa. In the mornings, breakfast is served in the bright, airy breakfast room, which is more overtly modern than the other ground floor rooms. Guestrooms take on a neutral palette of silver, or brown, and white, brightened by rich hues of blue or purple. Textured figurative paintings are hung above the beds. Bathrooms are spacious and sleek, with marble-style floor-to-ceiling tiles and dark counter tops. The effortless blend of the modern with the traditional works particularly well in the Hotel Principe di Villafranca, emphasising its suitability for a stay of a few nights to week as you explore Sicily's largest city, perhaps as part of a longer touring holiday around Sicily and Italy.

Room descriptions

Hotel Principe di Villafranca has 32 rooms, all of which are situated on the first floor and feature air-conditioning, telephone, wifi, television, minibar, safe, shower and hairdryer. Deluxe rooms and Junior suites also have a Nespresso machine.

Classic Single Room with French bed
Classic Room with king, queen, or twin beds
Deluxe Room with king, queen or twin beds - extra bed possible
Junior Suite extra bed possible

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard room for 5 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code IE727

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Principe di Villafranca, Palermo

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Principe di Villafranca in Palermo, our clients usually fly to Palermo airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price. If you are staying here as part of a touring holiday of Sicily, we recommend that you collect your hire-car at the end of your stay in Palermo, either from a city centre location or the airport.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome at the Hotel Principe di Villafranca, and cots can be provided in all double rooms for an extra fee. Babysitting is also available.

Special offers

10% longer stay offer 2020 Stay 3 nights or more in 2020 and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

20% early booking offer 2020 Book before 31 December 2019 and receive a 20% reduction off our contract rates for stays in 2020. Minimum 2 nights' stay. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

15% early booking offer 2020 Book 60 days or more in advance of arrival for stays in 2020 and receive a 15% reduction off our contract rates. Not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

10% early booking offer 2020 Book 30 days or more in advance of arrival for stays in 2020 and receive a 10% reduction off our contract rates. TNot combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard room for 5 nights

From about

£790

Holiday Code IE727

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Hotel Principe di Villafranca, Palermo

About Sicily

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Sicily allows visitors to discover a unique and captivating island. The rich tapestry of Mediterranean history can be witnessed on the southerly island of Sicily, fascinating not only for its amazing blend of cultures including Greek, Arab, Byzantine and Norman and its architectural treasures which reflect these influences but also for its breath-taking scenery of coast, parched mountains and fertile groves of almonds, oranges, lemons and olives. The people are proud and independent, reserved but sincere and helpful. Traditions thrive to an extent that the atmosphere of Sicily is unrecognisable in the context of other parts of Italy further north. The towns and villages are contrasting with picture postcard scenes of mediaeval labyrinthine alleyways adorned by wrought-iron balconies and baskets of flowers or severe dilapidation punctuated by grand Baroque or austere Norman cathedrals and churches. Additionally, there are of course some of the most important sites of the ancient Greek world such as the temples at Agrigento, the theatre at Taormina and numerous relics at Siracusa, reputedly one of the most beautiful cities of the Greek world. High above the island looms Mount Etna, one of the largest volcanoes in the world and an awe-inspiring sight. Off the north coast of Sicily, the beautiful Aeolian Islands offer escape and remoteness, natural scenery and a startling light, a sleepy way of life and romantic isolation. A holiday in Sicily appeals for those who want typical rest and relaxation with cultural activities at hand, and for those who want to be more adventurous and experience more of this captivating island.

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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