Exuberant, vibrant, colourful — and very noisy — Sicily’s capital is an exciting, multilayered city. Baroque and Bourbon, Norman and Arab jostle for attention on narrow labyrinthine streets teeming with Byzantine street markets, while on grand boulevards gleaming designer emporia are interweaved with decadent pasticcerias. The mosaics of the Cappella Palatina are unmissable, as is the art collection of Palazzo Abatellis, while nearby Monreale is home to Italy’s most magnificent Arab-Norman Duomo. Palermo’s main beach resort — with fantastic sands — is Mondello, where many of our villas are located. This a perfect base for combining a beach holiday with sightseeing and nights at the opera or ballet.