| A residence in Palermo historic centre with turist apartments in Palermo city center, Sicily
Residenza D'Aragona is located in a perfect spot among the aparthotel and bed & breakfast in Palermo: central, peaceful, close to public transportation (the bus stop is 50 meters away in Via Roma) and near the maritime station.
This residence with service B&B is in the heart of the Liberty district between Via Libertà and Via Ruggiero Settimo, developed between the end of the 1800's and beginning of the 1900's thanks to an initiative of wealthy Palermo inhabitants, who gave new life to many production activities and embellished the city with Kiosks, Theaters, Buildings, Squares and Villas.
A 10 minute stroll leads to the two main theaters of Palermo, authentic symbols of the economic and cultural splendor of those years.
Politeama Garibaldi is a grandiose theater built between 1867 and 1891 in shapes inspired by ancient Rome. The famous facade with triumphal arch surmounted by a bronze chariot, leads to luxuriously decorated interiors. At present the Theater can seat up to 950 spectators and is home to a popular concert season. The palm garden in front of the theater is the site of a music stage, a wonderful Neoclassical work dating from the end of the 1800's.
Teatro Massimo is the most important theater in Palermo. Situated in Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, a 10 minute walk from Residenza D'Aragona, inaugurated in 1897, at the time it was second only to the Opera Theater in Paris and is still one of the biggest opera theaters in the world. With its clear Greek and Roman inspiration, it is a splendid example of Neoclassical architecture.
In less than 10 minutes by bus (stop 50 meters away from Residenza D'Aragona) or with a walk that starts at Teatro Massimo along the pretty Via Maqueda, it is possible to reach the historical center of Palermo.
Not to be missed during a stay at a bed&breakfast in Palermo, are the Norman Palace along the Cassaro, with the splendid Palatine Chapel decorated with wonderful Byzantine mosaics, and the very original, majestic Cathedral, started in the 12th century and continued until the 18th century, an example of Sicilian artist eclecticism, the Church (with its unmistakable fatimid style Arabian red domes) and Cloister of San Giovanni degli Eremiti (Via dei Benedettini), the Zisa, the Arabian inspired Norman castle,with its museum of Muslim art (Piazza Guglielmo Il Buono); and the Duomo of Monreale just outside Palermo, the Art Nouveau villas and beach of Mondello, and Monte Pellegrino Natural Reserve where there is a beautiful view of all of Palermo.
· By bus The shuttle bus terminal is located in Piazza Ruggero Settimo, also called Piazza Politeama, named after the theater. Cross the square going towards Via Emerico Amari, to the right of the theater. Take bus number 107 towards the sea and get off on Via Roma, at the stop after Via Mariano Stabile. Cross the street and you'll find Via Ottavio D'Aragona at the corner with the bar "Antica Roma". Walk 30 meters and you'll be in front of the residence. It will take you about 8 minutes on foot from the shuttle bus terminal to Residenza D'Aragona.
· By car Take freeway A29 towards Palermo (35 km), get off at the Via Leonardo da Vinci - Via Notarbartolo exit and head towards the sea. Follow the signs: Porto - Stadio della Favorita - Itinerari Monumentali. Go all the way down Via Notarbartolo until Via Libertà, turn right on Via Libertà. Continue on Via Libertà and then the entire length of Via Ruggero Settimo until the signal with Via Cavour and then left again on Via Roma. The third street on the right is Via Ottavio D'Aragona.
Take bus number 101 or 107 and get off at the stop after the intersection with Via Cavour. Residenza D'Aragona is on the third street after the intersection. At the corner with the bar Antica Roma you'll find Via Ottavio D'Aragona.
From freeway A19 get off at the Via Oreto exit, take this street and follow the signs for Stazione Centrale in Piazza Giulio Cesare. As soon as you get to the station take Via Roma and drive down it for around 1 km until the intersection with Via Cavour. On the third street on the right after the intersection, you'll find Residenza D'Aragona.
From the Agrigento - Palermo highway take the Villabate exit, and then A19 towards Palermo, get off at the Via Oreto exit. From there follow the same signs as above.