We booked to stay at Villa Boncore for the last night before we returned home. Our choice was based on its relative proximity to the airport and we were, in all honesty, expecting a modern tower block type place. What a mistake! Although set in what is now a largely industrial estate area of Palermo, Villa Bonocore is an 18th century palace with grand formal Italian gardens where you can imagine Machiavelli wandering around plotting and scheming, luxorious rooms and a delightful spa where we realxed after a long cross country drive.
The staff were all friendly and we had a nice long chat with one of the guys who had worked in England and used to live not far from us in London. We were only there for one night but we made the most of all the facilities including a very relaxing early evening dip in the spa and a sunset walk round the formal gardens. Dinner was a good feed and just right after our long drive but the highlight for both of us was sitting outside for dinner and looking at the 14th century chapel which is incorporated into the palatial building.
The room we had was more than adequate for a one-night stay with a very comfortable bed, large bath and strong shower.
The whole building is geared up for functions, conferences and events like wedding and corporate 'do's' such are size of the upstairs room and the great gardens and views of the mountains. But all of this doesn't detract from the beauty of the place for the short-stay traveller.
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