Bed and Breakfast Palermo Piccola Sicilia ( “Little Sicily”): A sense of hospitality
“Piccola Sicilia” B&B is a product of our desire to open our home to welcome those who want to get a close-up look at a multi-ethnical city such as Palermo. To us it means being at your full disposal: welcoming you warmly, recommending food, sharing spaces, suggesting where to go and what to see, telling you about our city so you can live the everyday hustle and bustle even only for a few days. But it means so much more to us: moving from one island to another, something we started from scratch and we nurture day by day…
Why the name “Piccola Sicilia” (Little Sicily)?
Because there are only two rooms: a comfy space which will make you feel right at home. “Piccola Sicilia” is also a neighborhood in the Tunisi area which owes its name to its historical origins, when it was inhabited by Sicilian immigrants. History narrates that the new arrivals were integrated alongside the locals, becoming one population by means of mixed marriages. This cosmopolitan scenario gave life to cultural interactions which affected traditions, clothing and even religious festivities.
That’s a pretty good example of integration, don’t you think?
Now, let us introduce ourselves properly, with a smile on our faces:
Raffaella: I was born and raised in Sardinia, in a small town in the province of Cagliari. I have two Bachelor’s degrees, a master’s, I worked in publishing and I even wrote a book! I love travelling, reading and devouring savory muffins! I left everything I knew for love. For my love for Palermo or for my husband? Well, let’s say both! This is the type of job I’ve always dreamt of and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world because it allows me to meet new people from all over the world and to speak my two favorite languages: English and Spanish; and last but not least it lets me share my love for this city and this island which welcomed me as a daughter. Now, I run the B&B on my own because my husband has decided to start a new work adventure.
I like living in Palermo, no matter what, I’m an optimistic person, and I like to highlight the city’s beauty, its architecture and its people, through books and monuments and the people who live and lived this city.
Daniele: I’m a real “palermitano” ( native of Palermo) through and through although my looks recall those of our Norman settlers: I have red hair, freckles and green eyes. I was a real-estate agent, but due to these tough past few years I had to shut down my agency. But I didn’t give up, I studied, I reinvented myself and now I’m a property administrator. Come visit me here, Raffaella gives me a hand organizing paperwork and the virtual aspect of my job. I take care of everything else.
Cesare: I’m the youngest… for now! I make one mess after the other, I take the sofa apart while mom’s on the phone and when families with kids come to stay, I always ask if they can play with me. I love the beach, I even learned how to swim, and at night I ask my mom to tell me “howwow” ( I can’t even pronounce horror!), with monsters, mummies and terrible noises. I also like space and dinosaurs and building things.
Titano, Ganimede and Saturno: our pet fish who for the past few years have kept us company while cooking ( don’t worry, they’re not on the menu!), we live in a masterpiece of a fish tank which Daniele and Cesare take great care of. Titano and Ganimede are two Pterophyllum scalare, better known as Angel fish, on the other hand Saturno is a Colisa Lalia, who pretty soon is going to need a soul mate.