“Our house tells the story of Palermo with 2,000 years of history,” says Alwine Federico, who lives in Palazzo Conte Federico with her husband, Alessandro, the property’s namesake count. His family descends from Frederik II, the 13th century Holy Roman Emperor.

“The palazzo is constructed on top of a Punic-era city wall, has a 12th century Arab-Norman tower and many Baroque salons,” she says. Despite the palace’s very long past, the Federicos have been the only family to live in it.

At present, there is one guest apartment to rent, Il Medioevo, with seven other flats undergoing renovation and due for completion in March 2018. Some of the palazzo’s main rooms can be rented for gala evenings and dinner parties.

Starting rate: Approximately $425 per night for Il Medioevo, minimum stay of two nights.

Contact:, 39.091.651.1881,

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