The history of Sicily is linked to the name Florio, a family of entrepreneurs who literally changed the face of the island. The Florio family, celebrated in the well-known book “The Lions of Sicily”, have built an empire based on the engineering industry, wine production, maritime navigation and the production of canned tuna. Owners of Palaces, Villas, Tonnare and exclusive cellars that are still part of the island’s inestimable cultural heritage today. Through our Porsche experience, we will let you discover the most secret places of this amazing land.
HILL CLIMB – in the footsteps of the Florio family
Enjoy the climb to Monte Pellegrino, a stunning promontory along a stunning route that climbs up to Palermo. This circuit is one of the oldest motorsport symbols in the world (1906) and it was created by Vincenzo Florio. We continue driving towards Mondello and after an exclusive lunch we take you to the discover the most beautiful and secrets palaces in Palermo on the trail of the Florio family
Delivery Porsche 718 GTS from our Private Driving Concierge to the Hotel in Palermo
Visit of the Historical Palaces in the footsteps of the legendary Florio family
Stop in Monte Pellegrino
Stop in Mondello
Car drop off at the Hotel in Palermo
Driving experience itinerary:
Palermo – Monte Pellegrino- Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia- Nature Reserve Park of Favorita- Mondello- Palermo
Driving distance: 60 km
Car use: 5 hours
Driving time: 1.5-2 hours without stop
Suggested Lifestyle experiences
In the footsteps of the history of the Florio family. An exclusive private tour of the noble palaces and historic houses of the Vincenzo Florio family: Casa Florio – Palazzina dei Quattro Pizzi and Villino Florio. The guided tour starts from the entrance to the building and continues on the first floor in the internal hall, from which you can enjoy a privileged view of the Arenella Bay.
In the hall it is possible to admire a small and amazing museum with fascinating relics that belonged to the family which include: the ancient piano played, among others, by Brahms and Cole Porter, a collection of porcelain made by the Florio ceramic factory, a collection of photographs of the magic period of the Targa Florio and the family, the caricature of the famous portrait by Giovanni Boldini depicting Donna Franca Florio made by Vincenzo Florio himself, a precious 18th century Indian-made furniture and various personal objects belonging to Lucie Henry Florio and Donna Franca.
Suggested Eno-gastronomic experiences
Lunch in a panoramic restaurant overlooking the sea of Palermo. A unique location was a bathhouse and was the status symbol of well-known and privileged guests such as actors, entrepreneurs, producers, singers and writers.