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history walk

Mondello secrets

history walk

Mondello secrets

5 reviews
Check local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions before booking. In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English, Italian
history walk

Mondello secrets

history walk

Mondello secrets

5 reviews
Check local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions before booking. In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19-related recommendations or restrictions.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English, Italian

What you'll do

I propose a guided walk in Mondello, which is part of Palermo, being only 8 km. from the city center but still, especially out of season, a world apart and a wonderful place all Palermitans are fond of. During our visit I am going talk about the history of Mondello, which is between two mountains which in the ancient past were sites of Prehistoric and Phoenician dwellings and shrines. Once swampy saltworks, in the 15th century Mondello became a village around a tuna fishery, and finally in the 20th century it turned into a seaside resort with a spectacular beach housing several sports competitions all year round. There are still fishermen living in the old part of Mondello. I am going to show the 15th century watching tower of the tuna fishery, the beautiful Art Nouveau villas built in the 1920s, and some of the Mediterrenean flora visible in streets and in private gardens. I have been living in Mondello for over 40 years, I love it and I will share my personal memories and experiences of Mondello life in the past and in the present. Our walk will end in the main square where I will explain characteristics of the Sicilian street food and delicious pastries.

Your host

Learn more about Marcella

Marcella

I was born in Palermo, I love travelling and coming into contact with different cultures. I completed my Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI. USA). On behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs I taught Italian at the University of Isfahan (Iran) and Kyoto (Japan). For over 20 years I coordinated and gave lectures on Sicilian culture for the Palermo Elderhostel Program organized in Sicily by Trinity College (Hartford CT.). I authored several publications in Italian and English about Sicilian traditions and food. I am an authorized tourist guide for Sicily.

What's included

Food
light snack either with Sicilian street food, or icecream or pastries in a typical Sicilian coffee bar

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Where you'll be

The first thing you will see is our garden and its Mediterrenean flora. During our walk I will talk about prehistoric Sicily, and I will describe the activity of Sicilian tuna fisheries. In the past hundreds of them were waiting all year for the arrival of huge tuna schools in the month of May. I will also show the villas and talk about the Art Nouveau period in Palermo . In Mondello main square we may see fishermen selling thier catch.

Activity advisory

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. for children under five please bring a stroller

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

What to bring

In the summer you should bring a hat and a swimming suit for a possible swim, in the winter a light jacket and rain gear in case of uncertain weather conditions

More tips

our walk will last about two hours and cover the distance of about 2 Km. The map to reach us is on the first page of my website www.marcellacroce.com

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Marcella
Mondello secrets
5 reviews
£24/person
5 reviews
£24/person