Close to Palermo, in the municipality of Partinico, there is a small village, called Borgo Parrini, that attracts tourists and sightseers from all over Sicily and beyond.
Borgo Parrini is described as a small, little known Barcelona, tucked away in western Sicily. Just take a walk through its flowery alleys and cobbled walkways and you’ll feel as if you’re surrounded by the modernism of the Catalan artist Antoni Gaudì.
Borgo Parrini is a beautiful artistic village, where you can admire painted walls depicting famous faces, including Frida Kahlo’s or inspiring quotes from visionaries like Pope John Paul II and Gandhi.
The foundation of Borgo Parrini dates back to 1500, when the fathers of the Jesuit Novitiate of Palermo, known as the Parrini, bought some farmland in the north-east of Partinico. Here they built a mill, houses for settlers and farmers, some watchtowers, several warehouses and a small church dedicated to Maria SS. del Rosario.
Following the abolition of the religious order, the property came into the hands of the French Prince Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale, who encouraged the production of Moscatello dello Zucco, a wine sold throughout Europe.
Thanks to its paintings, murals and quotes, Borgo Parrini is now a must-see destination for photo lovers looking for the perfect selfie.
White houses with blue doors and coloured windows, sculptures covered in glass mosaics in the style of Gaudi, and majolicas. Every detail creates a very Spanish atmosphere.
Start your tour from the Chiesa Maria SS del Rosario, which is near the car park at the entrance of the village. It will take you less than an hour to explore the whole of Borgo Parrini.
In summer, the best time to visit Borgo Parrini is early in the morning, before heading for the beautiful beaches between Terrasini and Cinisi; or late in the late afternoon, when the atmosphere becomes surreal at sunset.
Don’t leave without having tasted Parrini’s artisan bread, which is wonderfully crispy, and the lemons, peaches and vegetables km 0, used by local restaurants to prepare delicious dishes.