My wife and I, together with other family members, including a child, had the pleasure to stay recently (August 2015) for one week at the beautiful, historic and restored Casa del Baronello in Palazzo Cupane. Right from the warm personal welcome given by Francesca up to the end it has been a very pleasant and enriching experience.
To start with, the house has a very privileged location, particularly for us that decided not to rent a car. Just off the main street in the historic center (Via Vittorio Emanuele) and at walking distance from the Cattredale di Palermo, Palazzo dei Normanni, Via Maqueda, Teatro Massimo, Fontana Pretoria and many other places of historic and cultural interest (churches, museums, art galleries, etc.). Furthermore, restaurants, patisseries, “focaccerias”, grocery stores and drugstores are conveniently located nearby.
The Palazzo Cupane is an impressive and recently restored building, with a main wooden entrance gate and interior atrium that makes you feel going nicely back in time.
When you get inside the apartment you start to notice the interior architecture, with high ceilings, two spacious bedrooms, two full bathrooms (the showers in both of them are great and better than in many four-star hotels that we have been before), a dining space and an ample open space kitchen with a large window and all the basic appliances, china and silverware that you may need if you want to prepare your own breakfast and light meals (as we did everyday), or to even cook more sophisticated lunch or dinner dishes, if you feel like.
The bedroom furniture and interior decoration resemble minimalist.
The two amazingly silent and very efficient air conditioners (one in each bedroom) were key to provide us a perfect indoor condition to counterbalance the hot and humid weather outside, typical of Palermo during the summer.
We definitely recommend Casa del Baronello if you want to experience “the best of Palermo within a walking distance.”
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