The two best hotels in the Province of Trapani

Giardino di Costanza Resort 5-star hotel
Giardino di Costanza Resort 5-star hotel

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Via Salemi, Km 7,100, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, Italy .

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Giardino di Costanza Resort

One of our top picks in Mazara del Vallo.
Featuring a restaurant, terrace and garden with outdoor pool, Hotel Giardino di Costanza is 9 km from Mazara del Vallo beach. Offering free Wi-Fi throughout, it has a wellness centre and tennis court.

With a private bathroom, the air-conditioned rooms come with a flat-screen TV, sofa and minibar. Guests at Giardino di Costanza can enjoy a sweet and savoury breakfast.

It is possible to work out at the fitness room and relax with a sauna or a massage. During the summer months, 1 free parasol, 2 sun loungers and a free beach shuttle service are available.

Trapani Airport is a 50-minute drive away.

Hotel Chain : Blu Hotels

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Giardino di Costanza Resort 5-star hotel
Grand Hotel Palace 5-star hotel

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Lungomare Mediterraneo 57, 91025 Marsala, Italy

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One of our top picks in Marsala.
Situated on the seafront in Marsala, New Hotel Palace offers an outdoor swimming pool, a sea-view terrace, and Sicilian cuisine. The Chiesa Madre church is 2.5 km away.

The Palace Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and flat-screen TV. Some rooms overlook the garden and some enjoy full sea views. Breakfast is buffet style.

The elegant restaurant serves a wide range of local and international specialities. The cellar has a selection of local and national wines, and the bar serves drinks and snacks all day.

The hotel is also within easy reach of famous Sicilian archaeological sites, such as Mozia, Segesta and Selinunte. Free outdoor parking is provided, and a garage with direct access to the reception is also available.
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Pasos e Misteri

Pasos e Misteri

Inaugurazione della mostra fotografica “Pasos e Misteri. La Settimana Santa in Sicilia e in Andalusia”

Buongiorno,

l’On. Presidente Giovanni Ardizzone e il Direttore Generale della Fondazione Federico II, Francesco Forgione, hanno il piacere di invitare le SS.VV. alla conferenza di presentazione e all’inaugurazione della mostra fotografica “Pasos e Misteri. La Settimana Santa in Sicilia e in Andalusia”.
Pasos e Misteri

Giornata di Studi, giovedì 30 marzo 2017, ore 16.00, Museo internazionale delle Marionette “Antonio Pasqualino” Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 5 – Palermo

Inaugurazione: venerdì 31 marzo 2017, ore 18.00, Oratorio dei Santi Elena e Costantino, piazzetta della Vittoria 22, Palermo (Villa Bonanno)

The two five-star-hotels in Palermo

Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo – MGallery by Sofitel

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo

Offering panoramic views across the Bay of Palermo, Grand Hotel Villa Igiea – MGallery Collection is 2 km from Palermo Harbour. It features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and elegant rooms and suites.

Every room has a different design and layout at Villa Igiea – MGallery Collection and no two are the same. They do however have many facilities in common, including air conditioning, satellite TV with pay-per-view movies and a writing desk. Some offer views of the Tyrrhenian Sea or Pellegrino mountain.

Drinks are available from the bar, while the restaurant serves Sicilian specialities. You will also find a gym, solarium and massage rooms at this luxury 5-star hotel.

Hotel Rooms : 124 , Hotel Chain : MGallery by Sofitel

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Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Grand Hotel Wagner

Grand Hotel Wagner

The luxury Grand Hotel Wagner is full of old-world charm. This prestigious hotel set in the heart of Palermo, near the Politeama Theatre, the pedestrian area and many top-class shops and restaurants.

Recently restored, this early-20th century building has exceptional interiors that featured in the famous Italian film ‘The Leopard’. Sit upon antique furniture and take in your surroundings; chandeliers, rare marble, rich carpets and old paintings. Rooms are just as exquisitely decorated.

Sip a cocktail in the elegant American Bar or listen to relaxing music in the Piano Bar.

The Wagner offers conference and business facilities with modern technology. Sessions in the fitness area and sauna, and massages can be booked on site.

Ruggero Settimo is a great choice for travellers interested in food, culture and monuments.

This is our guests’ favourite part of Palermo, according to independent reviews.

Hotel Rooms : 61

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The Heavenly Food of Sicily

Cucina Paradiso: The Heavenly Food of Sicily

Cucina Paradiso: The Heavenly Food of Sicily

Clifford A. Wright, Author Simon & Schuster $24.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-76926-0

Cucina Paradiso: The Heavenly Food of SicilyResearched by Middle East scholar and food enthusiast Wright, this fascinating volume clarifies the mystifying distinction between the cooking of Sicily and other regions of Italy. The reason for the distinction – as he convincingly presents it – was the medieval conquest of Sicily by Arabs whose “culture remained there intact for four hundred years.” According to Wright, the Arabs are responsible for, among other things, the creation of the Sicilian “one-pot” meal, a “fondness for stuffed foods.. shared by the Sicilians,” and the introduction of rice, of which “some food writers even argue that the famous Risotto alla Milanese is an Arab-Sicilian invention transplanted north.” The resulting collection of recipes reflects Sicily’s exotic heritage and includes a mint-infused, Arab-style penne, grilled beef rolls with pecorino, currants and pine nuts and watermelon pudding studded with semisweet chocolate bits, pistachios and candied orange peel. This suggestive study of “the food Sicilians call cucina arabo-sicula” decorously removes another delicious layer of Italy’s riches.

Midnight in Sicily

Terrasini, sunset

Peter Robb, Author Faber & Faber $25.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-571-19932-7

Midnight in SicilyThis is not a travel book, but rather a sophisticated attempt to make sense of the on-going prosecution of the 78-year-old seven-time prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, and of the intimate ties between the mafia and postwar Italian politics. An Australian by birth, Robb is not just parachuting in to gawk at the corruption that traded in votes, money, government contracts and even assassinations. A longtime resident of Naples, Robb adeptly puts the elusive world of organized crime (both Neapolitan and Sicilian) in a historical context that stretches back to the 19th century. In Sicily, however, organized crime is not an isolated institution and its pervasiveness is suggested by Robb’s brilliant interweaving of writers such as Leonardo Sciascia, Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Pier Paolo Pasolini and the artist Renato Guttuso. Many artists saw a connection between the rich food of Sicily and the mob, which Robb expertly exploits, even repeating an ironic quote from Andreotti himself: “I found myself with my stomach full of marvelous but terrible food, the pasta con le sarde, the cassata and not only did I not understand a thing there but I was ill too. I wonder whether there’s a connection between food like this and the growth of the mafia.” Those who treasured Excellent Cadavers, Alexander Stille’s magnificent study of magistrates Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino and the mafia “maxitrial,” will appreciate Robb’s epic story of evil and nobility.