Sicilian country mansion
on the edge of Palermo









With its fantastic Italian Garden and rare collection of art, Villa Bordonaro ai Colli is the epitome of the Palermitano country house. Barone Chiaramonte Bordonaro and his family have created an apartment for guests within the vast villa, originally built as a home for King Ferdinand III when he was forced into exile by the invasion of Napoleon.
The apartment occupies the second floor of the villa, and comprises an entrance hall, a dining room with fireplace, three bedrooms (one with fireplace), two bathrooms and a kitchen.
Furniture and furnishings are antique, and although the apartment does not have a terrace, its windows look out onto magnificent flower beds and a nineteenth century fountain.
To compensate for the lack of terrace, the owners have set aside part of the garden by the swimming pool for the exclusive use of guests.

3 bedrooms, 6 sleeps
05 January - 19 April
20 April - 26 April
27 April - 10 May
11 May - 28 June
29 June - 06 September
07 September - 18 October
19 October - 13 December
14 December - 03 January

Security deposit

Refundable at the departure less any damages € 1500.00

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La Foresteria is for people who are fascinated by the past, and for whom the idea of having an insight into the life of the Palermitani aristocracy is more important than ultramodern fittings – for example, old buildings are elastic and the 18th century maiolica floor tiles undulate in places; the bathrooms are simple and not ensuite; and the kitchen is a little old fashioned and basic.
On request, a fourth bedroom is available for children.

Your villa at a glance

Entrance room Living/dining room with fireplace
3 bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 twin)
2 bathrooms (one with shower and the other with bath and shower)
Garden with exclusive use of swimming pool and heated Jacuzzi

We like

Time-travelling in a historic aristocratic mansion — be sure to bring Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard and These Happy Summer Days by Fulco di Verdura who lived in neighbouring Villa Niscemi Lazing by the pool on a hot summer’s day, or roasting chestnuts by the fire in autumn.
We stayed with our young children who made friends with the owners’ four year old daughter. We felt like part of the family!
Visiting the state rooms of the piano nobile, where the family still live, and arranging to have a formal lunch in the grand dining room.
Exploring the Parco della Favorita, the former royal hunting reserve, which surrounds the villa Heading down to the nearby seaside resort of Mondello to relax on the beach and see the Art Nouveau villas of the Valdesi quarter.

We think

Bordonaro is not suitable for elderly people or anyone who finds climbing stairs difficult. Families with young children have found the villa very comfortable — indeed the owners have a four year old daughter, so they understand what family life is like!
The villa is ideal for anyone who loves history and wants a prestigious villa within the city with a fabulous pool and garden.


  • Palermo airport 16 miles
  • Trapani airport 66 miles
  • Mondello Beach 3.7 miles
  • Palermo centre 2.9 miles
  • Palermo harbour 3.1 miles

Things to do

Some things not to miss in you are staying at the Forestaria Bordonaro:

  • Mondello’s most striking and characteristic buildings are the Liberty or Art Nouveau villas built by the wealthy and aristocratic Palermitani of the early 20th century.
  • Monte Pellegrino, overlooking the bay of Mondello, was considered to be the most beautiful promontory in the world by the poet Goethe.
  • the Sanctuary of Saint Rosalia, Palermo’s much-venerated patron saint.
  • the Parco della Favorita, onetime hunting reserve of the Bourbon royal family, The park includes a Chinese-style Casina. Also bordering the park is the Villa Niscemi (whose owners also donated land to the King), evocatively described in the book These Happy Summer Days by Fulco di Verdura. The villa can be visited.
  • The natural reserve of Capo Gallo
  • The historic centre of Palermo, one, togheter Rome and Barcellona; the largest in Europe
  • Marvel at the Palazzo dei Normanni, home to the most splendid court in medieval Europe, with the sumptuous jewel-box-like mosaics of Cappella Palatina at its heart.
  • Visit the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia at Palazzo Abatellis, where highlights include a haunting white marble portrait bust of Eleanor of Aragon by Francesco Laurana, and a fine collection of works by Sicily’s greatest artist, Antonello da Messina.

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