Position, position, position is the catch cry for all things real estate.
This especially applies to where you stay in a city.
Our home in Palermo, BB22, was in a great position as we were to find out over the next four nights. Often called a boutique B&B because of it’s stylish decor and personalised service, this 7 roomed B&B in the 15th century Palazzo Pantelleria, is run by Milanese couple Patty and Max. As well as the restaurant guides found in your room, they are only too happy to help with the final decision on where to go, what to see and how to get there.
There are two rooms and a suite on the first floor with the remainder on the third floor (no lift) together with reception, the breakfast area and an enclosed terrace where nightly drinks are offered.
Every morning, a breakfast of fresh fruit salad, meats, cheeses, cake and pastries is served on the third floor
BB22 is hidden in a back street in old Palermo, behind the Piazza San Domenico on Via Roma.
Turn right on Via Roma and it is an easy walk to the Teatro Massimo, the Politeama and shopping central.
Turn left and you come to Via Vittoria Emanuele which runs from the Porta Nuova to the water.
At the intersection of Via Maqueda and Via Vittorio Emanuele is the Quattro Canti, the four corners that divides Palermo into quandrants. It is marked by different sculptures on each of the corners.
Just behind here, in Piazza Prettoria is the Town Hall and the Pretoria Fountain.
If you walk further up Via Vittoria Emanuele, you pass the stunning Cathedral on your way to the Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel.
The markets are all in easy walking distance from BB22. Not far from the Quattro Canti is the fabulous Ballaro Market whilst to reach the the equally fabulous Capo Market, you follow Via Bandiera which is opposite Piazza San Domenico
The Vucceria market is even closer. Just off Piazza San Domenica, this market is now very touristy and not what it used to be though the Sant’Andrea Ristorante remains popular.
BB22 is not far from La Cala, the small fishing boat and yachting harbour. A walk down the back lane offers a shortcut to here and on to the interesting areas of Piazza Marina and La Kalsa.