Some things not to miss in you are staying at the Villa La Vela.
- 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