Where is Mondello located ?
Mondello is the tourist destination par excellence of the inhabitants of Palermo, because it is very close to the city center.
Until the end of the 19th century it was only an unhealthy and smelly marsh, until in 1898 a reclamation was carried out by the prince Francesco Lanza di Scalea and immediately after it was entrusted by the municipality to the Italian-Belgian company that he undertook to obtain the concession in exchange for the construction of a bathing establishment, a hotel and 300 villas. This is how the masterpieces of the Art Nouveau villas associated with the Belle Epoque period were born, some built by valuable architects including the Sicilian Ernesto Basile.
The fishing village thus turned into a distinct and rich seaside resort whose development continued until the end of the 90s.
Today Mondello keeps intact its wealth of historic villas, some semi-abandoned others restored over the years.
The bathhouse, completely restored a few years ago, is now home to an important nautical club and the Charleston restaurant.
On the shoreline for many years wooden cabins were arranged in summer, rented to families who have exploited them for various uses.
The cabins have invaded the entire sandy coast which in the meantime has been partially eroded by the sea.
Since 2008, the company that manages the shoreline has been removing the bulky cabins and changing the shoreline into small areas equipped with platforms, bars, deck chairs and umbrellas that make the shoreline certainly more pleasant and liveable.
Mondello is a place that retains an extraordinary charm, especially in the middle seasons, when its white shoreline is not very popular and the sea has Caribbean colors.
In the town of Mondello, which is currently partially used by old local fishermen, there are many restaurants where you can eat good fish and seafood standing or sitting.
Sports and sporting activities
In Mondello important sailing regattas are regularly organized by the Circolo della Vela and the Circolo Canottieri Roggero di Lauria . Every year in May the Windsurf World Festival takes place organized by the Circolo dell’Albaria where the best surfers of the world are present .
In Mondello it is also possible to rent boats or rafts, sailboards, take part in scuba diving and kitesurfing courses.
The village is equipped with all essential services: buses, pharmacies, supermarkets, restaurants, self-service, pizzerias, sandwich shops, mini-golf, tennis courts, discos (only in summer).
Recommended book : Mondello ieri e oggi (italian)
Updated on: 13/08/2022 14:24:34
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