Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Ai Tre Mercati - Best Dog-Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Palermo (Sicily) With the Nicest Host!

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Sicily is an underrated gem that’s not on the radar of many Singaporeans, but it really deserves to be.

Filled with surprises at every turn and corner, Sicily will dazzle you with its beauty, food, and wine. If you’re planning to visit, you definitely have to visit Palermo which is probably the most beautiful city in the whole of Sicily! Expect amazing architecture, unique street food, and unparalleled Sicilian hospitality.

Our visit to Palermo saw us staying 2 nights at Ai Tre Mercati, a bed and breakfast right smack in the thick of action. Located just a short walk away from the train station, the bed and breakfast sits above one of the busiest streets, right across popular attractions, and is surrounded by plenty of food options
The location is unbeatable — it’s safe, easily accessible and within walking distance of all major landmarks.

Sicily is incredibly dog-friendly, and I have no doubt that your pup will enjoy his or her time here as well!

 
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There are only three rooms available and they’re all named after the major markets in Palermo — Vucciria, Ballaro, Capo. My room was spacious and had 2 balconies - one opens up to a view of the street and the other opens up to a view of the beautiful Chiesa di San Nicola da Tolentino

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The large bed was comfortable, and there's air-conditioning in the room. There’s plenty of space for Snuffles to run around, and I love that they prepared a dog bed and dog bowls for Snuffles!

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One of my favourite parts of the room was actually the bathroom which I found to be quite tastefully decorated!

The owner, Alfonso, is probably one of the nicest and most helpful hosts I’ve ever met. He took time to point out the attractions I should visit and also gave me restaurant recommendations. He even helped me to score a reservation at a Michelin guide restaurant!

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After a good night’s sleep, guests are treated to a lavish breakfast comprising fruits, savoury and sweet pastries. Where do I even begin! I absolutely enjoyed the pastries, and after my first night there, I was really excited for my second breakfast! Don't worry if you can't finish the breakfast items, as Alfonso would be more than happy to pack them in little bags for you.

Attractions : 
There's so so much to do in Palermo and I'll recommend that you stay for at least 3 nights.  
 
Archivio Storico Comunale
Church of St Nicholas of Tolentino
Church of St Catald
Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria (there's a confectionery(I Segreti del Chiostro) inside that's super popular - must visit!)
Chiesa di San Domenico
Porta Nuova
Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel
Praetorian Fountain
Quattro Canti
Foro Italico 
Orto Botanico de Palermo 
Chiesa del Gesu
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio
Oratorio del SS. Rosario in Santa Cita
Massimo Theater
Catacombe dei Cappucini

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Street food to try :
Right across the street from Ai Tre Mercati is Made in Palermo, a street food store that Alfonso frequents regularly. Despite it looking like it might be a tourist trap, especially given its location, it's mostly frequented by locals. So you can definitely get your share of authentic Sicilian street food from here.

arancina
panelle
cannoli
caponata
cow spleen sandwich

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Markets to visit :

Vucciria (most popular with tourists, lots of restaurants and bars, really bustling at night)
Capo
Ballaro(really near Ai Tre Mercati, there's so much to see and eat here!)

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Restaurants :
Palazzo Branciforte
Osteria Cavalieri Di Malta Di Lo Verso Filippo
Osteria Ballaro
Il Cambusone
Trattoria Old School Da Anto
Smell and taste of old mountain
Padre Aldo / Da Salvo : these seafood restaurants sit on a street that's known for seafood (reviews aren't great and food seems quite expensive but you could give it a shot!)

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Accessibility : 
Airport : 36 mins car ride
Palermo Centrale train station : 8 mins walk
Lidl (supermarlet) : 3 mins walk 
 
You can basically walk everywhere from Ai Tre Mercati. If you have more than 3 days in Palermo, you might want to consider visiting Mondello too! 
 
Pet Fee : 
None

Via Maqueda, 110, 90134 Palermo PA, Italy
Instagram :@ai_tre_mercati
Email : info@aitremercatipalermo.it

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