Visiting Via Libertà Quarter of Palermo – the villas and Ficuzza

Palermo library, ©cvander/Flickr

Palermo library, ©cvander/Flickr

The quarter of Via Libertá is located in the city of Palermo, most precisely near the main street. Via Libertá is among the best districts in town which is often mentioned as the „Champs d’Elisée” of Palermo. This beautiful neighborhood is located only a few minutes away from the airport by bus, also a few minutes away from downtown and about 10-15 minutes from Mondello beach.

There are several sights and attractions to see around Palermo and as we narrow it down a bit, in Via Libertá. Go for a walk and admire the residences of former sovereigns such as the Chinese villa which used to be the one of the living quarters of King Ferdinando I, villa Trabia or Ficuzza, the royal hunting lodge.

The Chinese villa

The Chinese villa is situated near a little town called Pallavicino, in the Royal Park of Favorita. During the time when Naples, the capital of the mainland has been occupied by the French, King Ferdinando I took residence here. The building was constructed in the beginning of the 19th century. The villa has an oriental garden which bears the features of the Chinese Revival, that is, neo classical elements. The king’s son, Francesco I together with Maria Isabella, his wife, also used the villa as a dwelling place.

Hotel Villa Favorita, Sicily, ©Neil Weightman/Flickr

Hotel Villa Favorita, Sicily, ©Neil Weightman/Flickr

An aristocrat’s home – villa Trabia

Villa Trabia is situated in the central region of the city. This once aristocratic home today can be visited by the public. The building now is owned by the City of Palermo and is used as a public library. It was originally built in the 18th century for the Prince of Trabia, a Palermitan aristocrat. Visit the villa and stroll around the park. Nothing feels better than a pleasant afternoon walk in the green area!

Palermo library, ©cvander/Flickr

Palermo library, ©cvander/Flickr

The royal hunting lodge – Ficuzza

The hunting lodge is not actually located in Palermo. The building can be found about 50 km south of the city in a little town called Ficuzza. The hunting lode was designed by Marvuglia and this too was used by King Ferdinando I. Today it stands on the grounds of a nature reserve and the building itself is actually a small palace.

Sunset in Ficuzza, Sicily, ©gerlos/Flickr

Sunset in Ficuzza, Sicily, ©gerlos/Flickr

The lodge and the surrounding area can be visited by the public and it makes a perfect picnic spot. Have a glimpse at the woodlands of the west and admire the grandeur of old Sicily. If you are there you might as well want to visit the Regional Wildlife Hospital where lots of injured animals are treated and rehabilitated. After the birds, squirrels, porcupines and other animals are healed they are released back into the wild.

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