The seaside suburb of Mondello is about a thirty minute bus ride or twenty minute taxi from Palermo
Mondello used to be a fishing village but is now a suburb of tree lined streets and art nouveau inspired villas.
The sandy beaches of the beautiful, long curved bay are taken up with rows of pale blue and pink changing cabins that are often rented for the summer.
In between the cabins are a few private beach clubs where you can rent an umbrella and lounge.
Street vendors line the kerb selling everything from hot dogs to arancini, panelle fritters, granite and gelati
On a pier in the centre of the bay is the art nouveau building known as the Charleston. Now restored, it’s restaurant, Le Terrazze, offers stunning views over the bay.
Restaurants and shops surround the piazza near the boat harbour.
From the terrace at Da Calagero, we could watch the comings and goings whilst enjoying a plate of fresh mussels.
Next door, Da Calagero’s pizzeria, looked inviting
Back in the city, it was time for a gelato
I had read about Le Cremolose and their fabulous not to be missed cremolosa, a part gelati, part sorbet and part granita icecream made with fresh fruit or nuts. (Thanks Katie!)
It was easy to find the small kiosk situated in Piazza Gentili, in front of the Giardini Inglese.
The next decision was what flavour to try. Easy… try three!
That night we headed to Trattoria Piccolo Napoli for dinner.
Piccolo Napoli is one of Palermo’s oldest seafood restaurants. The family are proud of their history, so much so, that an old family photo covers the menu
There were quite a few families here which was great to see. All were enjoying the beautifully simple, fresh, seasonal food that Piccolo Napoli is known for.
The chick pea fritters (panelle) tempted my husband whilst I chose my favourite Gamberi rossi, which were delicious
I was very tempted to have the Spaghetti with Riccio (sea urchin) but instead decided to go straight to secondi. There was a fabulous selection of seafood to choose from that would be simply grilled.
We couldn’t resist sharing a cassata
A glass of limoncello and Nonna’s home made biscuits finished a great dinner.
Piazzetta Mulino a Vento,24
Borgo Vecchia, Palermo
Tel: 091 320431
Via Torre di Mondello,22
Tel: 091 6841333
Trattoria Da Calogero
Piazza Alberigo Gentili,16