Nature in the cityThe historic gardens of Palermo
Did you imagine that Palermo is a green city? The many large tree-lined public gardens of Palermo – often called “Villa” – have preserved for centuries hundreds of species from all over the world, from Australia to South America!
In Piazza Marina or in the Botanic Garden you can admire some gigantic 300 hundred year old “ficus magnolioides” and touch their amazing roots… suspended in the air (!!) . In “Villa Bonanno” you may admire the largest urban palm grove in Europe, a stone’s throw from the medieval fortress of Palazzo Reale.
The magnificient “Villa Giulia” will amaze you with the elegance of its tree-lined avenues and the boundless variety of its arboreal essences.
Monuments created by Nature cohexist with monuments made by man, really a unique show!
“In the public garden near the Marina, I spent hours of quiet, very sweet. It is the most beautiful place in the world. Despite the regularity of his drawing, he has something of a fairytale; it dates back a few years ago, but it transports us in ancient times.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Journey to Italy – 1816
- Piazza Marina and Giardino Garibaldi
- Parco della salute
- Villa Giulia
- Villa Bonanno
- Level: easy, for everyone
- Meeting point : Sicicla ecotourism
- Duration: 4 hours
- Price: 35euros/pax
- Languages: English, Italian, French
- Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
- use of bicycle
- use of helmet
- taste of street food
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1. Is safe to cycle in Palermo?
Apart from few exceptions where you have to pay attention, cycling is safe. Helmet is not compulsory in Italy, but it’s a good choice for a safer cycling experience and for respect of all those cyclist who are used to wearing it. If you decide to have a guided bike tour, your tour leader will certainly make you follow only safe paths, even out of the city.
2. Can we enter gardens by bicycle?
Bikes are allowed in almost all public gardens in the city. In some cases it may be necessary to go down and walk with your bike or use the racks. There are rack in front of the entrances of almost all major sites ofminterest, including the gardens. A good bike chain will always be necesssary to keep your bike safe.
3. What is weather like in Palermo?
Palermo’s climate is absolutely great. it hardly ever rains, and shoul it happend..it would be a good excuse to stop at a good cafè!
4. Cycling in Palermo is appropriate for children?
YES! It’s great a gret experience for theme. Tricycles, adult tandems, or bikes with training wheels for adults or children are available at my friends rental shop “SICICLA“. Pease just keep in mind that children under 6 years old must be accompained by an adult on the tours.
BED AND BIKE di Giancarlo Caparrotta
BED AND BIKE