A Favorite, Free-style

Palermo is known for its liberty-style architecture. I had just a couple of hours here today in preparation for leaving tomorrow, but in that short time, I came back to this palazzo that I remember from a two years ago when I spent two weeks in this neighborhood taking intensive Italian classes. I loved the…

Basile’s Neo-Arab-Norman Style

I’ve driven past this site on the Stràda Statàle between Palermo and Bagheria many times, and I’ve always been intrigued by its architectural details. Now, I finally know its story: Built in 1905, Stand Florio was constructed for the industrious Florio family as a daytime sea-side resort for their friends and associates–members of Palermo’s nouveau riche elite….