La Terrazza di via Alloro – an apartment in Palermo

  • Courtyard with plants
  • Courtyard and stairs
  • Stairs with natural sunlight comming through
  • Stairs in courtyard seen from above
  • Beautiful terrace with table, chairs and outdoor kitchen
  • Dining table and sofa/extra bed
  • Livingroom seen from above
  • Kitchen and dining table
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Living room from above
  • Dining table and door to terrace
  • Ceramic details
  • Large table
  • Terrace and outdoor kitchen
  • Detailed picture of a dinner with wine
  • Outdoor dinner table from above
  • Night sky
  • Sofa turned into bed
  • Bathroom and shower
  • Bedroom and balcony door
  • Badroom and double sized bed
  • View out balcony door
  • View from balcony of old buildings
  • Second living room
  • Second kitchen
  • Second bedroom
  • Second bathroom

The Residence

The residence, on the second floor of Palazzo San Gabriele, a large newly restored Baroque building from the sixteenth century, is located in the middle of the old Arab district La Kalsa. The apartment, which can be used as two separate units, faces Vicolo Cefalá, a narrow and quiet street, only a short walk to the city centre streets.

The two apartment units have a common main entrance, and from the entrance hall, each apartment has its own front door. The apartments are 60 and 30 m2 respectively. There is good sound insulation between the two units. Each of them can be rented separately, or the whole apartment can be rented as one unit.

The residence was completely renovated in 2014 and maintains a high standard. The rooms have solid oak floors, high ceilings, and air conditioning. Both apartment units have good kitchens with a full set of modern appliances and comfortable bathrooms with washing machines.

Apartment Unit 1 (60 m2): Large bedroom with double bed and balcony, spacious living room/kitchen (with double sofa bed) with access to 20 m2 terrace with dining area.

Apartment Unit 2 (30 m2): Bedroom/living room/kitchen with double bed, dining table, balcony.

Floor plan of the apartment can be found here.

The Local Community

Palazzo San Gabriele on Via Alloro 107, is situated in the heart of La Kalsa district. La Kalsa is one of the four ancient quarters of the historic centre and is located by the sea, between Via Vittorio Emanuele and the Botanical Gardens. La Kalsa's history dates back to the 10th century, and in the old, narrow streets you can still sense that this has been an Arab district. In each of the quarters, large palaces were built between the 15th and 18th centuries, and over the last ten to fifteen years, many of these buildings have now been restored. Via Alloro is the main street in the district, and a short distance down the street is the Palazzo Abatellis, the regional museum of ancient art. In Via Butera 18, towards Foro Italico, you will find Palazzo Butera, Palermo's newest art museum. A little up the Via Alloro there is the Galleria d'arte moderna Sant'Anna, the regional museum of modern art. These are two of the most important museums in Sicily. Close by, next to Piazza Marina, with its traditional market on Sundays, is Palazzo Mirto, a fully furnished old mansion, and the Palazzo Steri.


Alf Howlid, who owns the apartment, is an architect. He knows Palermo and Sicily through many stays for over twenty years.