Downtown shopping

shopping-palermo-hotel-plaza-opera-gucciHotel Plaza Opéra is surrounded by the boutiques of the most exclusive international fashion designers: along via Libertà, a few hundered meters one from the other, you will enjoy the shop windows of Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, but also of the best Made in Italy companies like Tod's, Alviero Martini, Max Mara, Pollini, Fratelli Rossetti. If you wish to shop like a real Palermitan would do, the neighbourhood also offers some five-star boutiques with a long tradition, each with its own featured maisons, like Torregrossa (Chanel, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce e Gabbana, Marni), Dell'Oglio (Marc Jacobs, Burberry London, Givenchy, Stella Mc Cartney), Harrison (Fay, Church's, Cucinelli, Moncler) but also Stefania Ardizzone and the whole series of Giglio stores, each of which is dedicated to a different segment (casualware, pret-à-porter, accessories, kidswear), besides some historical jewelleries like Fiorentino, specialized in deluxe brands like Cartier, Damiani and Bulgari.

In the other streets close to the hotel, crossing via Libertà and via Gaetano Daita up to via Isidoro La Luimia, there are many shops you cannot miss: Casa e Putia (an inspired mix of womenswear and home design), Passione del Tempo (prized watches and design jewellery), La Plumetille (chic kidswear), Valsi (bags, hats and accessories for every season), Link 02 (menswear and womenswear for the younger generations), Luan (colourful and unconventional womenswear), Modusvivendi (independent bookshop with a lively programme of readings, presentations and talks), Deja Vu (vintage accessories and modern antiques), Loredana Natalé (exclusive womenswear), Dress and Tacco 22 (footwear).

Walking beyond piazza Castelnuovo, do not forget to get yourself a t-shirt at Siculamente, check out the latest fashion in home decoration at Spazio Deep and Velarredo and end your walk in downtown Palermo with a visit to the Rinascente, the capital of Italian shopping, whose Palermo mall is based in an amazing building in via Roma. After visiting its four floors and discovering the latest news from planet style, you can take a seat in the charming food hall and in summer enjoy the breathtaking view over piazza San Domenico and its church, Palazzo Moncada and via Roma from its terraces.


The HotelSphere Events

Christmas concerts, from classical music to bossa nova, taking place from December 26 to January 6.
The solo exhibition of the Palermitan artist is open in Museo Civico Castelbuono, while Hotel Principe di Villafranca, a member of The HotelSphere hotel group, main sponsor of the Museum, hosts a sculpture by the artist until January 9.