Phone us  01392 441245  |  E-news sign up
& weddings
Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.

Hotel Principe di Villafranca - Luxury holidays to Sicily

  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Italy/Sicily/Hotel_Principe_di_Villafranca_IE727/ImageGallery/1_IE727_PrincipediVillafranca_0entrance_4May2017_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Italy/Sicily/Hotel_Principe_di_Villafranca_IE727/ImageGallery/2_IE727_PrincipediVillafranca_1hall_4May2017_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Italy/Sicily/Hotel_Principe_di_Villafranca_IE727/ImageGallery/3_IE727_PrincipediVillafranca_3library_4May2017_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Italy/Sicily/Hotel_Principe_di_Villafranca_IE727/ImageGallery/4_IE727_PrincipediVillafranca_19superiordoubleroom_4May2017_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Italy/Sicily/Hotel_Principe_di_Villafranca_IE727/ImageGallery/5_IE727_PrincipediVillafranca_21deluxedoubleroom_4May2017_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Italy/Sicily/Hotel_Principe_di_Villafranca_IE727/ImageGallery/6_IE727_PrincipediVillafranca_26juniorsuite_4May2017_B.jpg
  • /uploadedImages/Content/Destinations/Italy/Sicily/Hotel_Principe_di_Villafranca_IE727/ImageGallery/7_IE727_PrincipediVillafranca_10-breakfastroom_4May2017_B.jpg
  • About this holiday

    The four-star Hotel Principe di Villafranca is the perfect choice for stays of a few nights in Palermo, offering modern facilities with a twist of traditional Sicilian charm. With excellent access to the shops, restaurants, bars, and waterfront of Palermo, you are well-placed for enjoying some of the best cultural sights of Sicily. We would highly recommend combining a stay at the Hotel Principe di Villafranca with an additional stay at a southern-Sicily hotel or on mainland Italy.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Palermo, private car transfers, and bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are based on two people sharing a Standard room.
    From £790 per person for 5 nights.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Long Stay Offer(3)
      Book a stay of 3 nights or longer and receive a reduction of 10% off our rates on bed and breakfast. This offer is valid for all seasons except for weekends (Friday-Sunday) in low season, from 2nd January to 17th March 2019, 1st July to 1st September 2019 and from 4th November to 22nd December 2019. This offer is not combinable with other offers.
    • 20% early booking offer for 2020(3)
      Book a stay before 31 December 2019 and receive a 20% discount off our contract rates for stays in 2020. There is a minimum stay of 2 nights. This offer is not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.
    • 15% early booking offer for 2020(5)
      Book a stay 60 days or more in advance of arrival and receive a 15% discount off our contract rates for stays in 2020. This offer is not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.
    • 10% early booking offer for 2020(2)
      Book a stay 30 days or more in advance of arrival and receive a 10% discount off our contract rates for stays in 2020. This offer is not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.
    • 10% long stay offer 2020(1)
      Book a stay of 3 nights or more in 2020 and receive a 10% discount off our contract rates for stays in 2020. This offer is not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    A refreshing design-focused hotel in a stylish and historic setting.

    Hotel description

    The four-star boutique Hotel Principe di Villafranca sits at the centre of the most prosperous areas in Palermo, Sicily. The streets, though tinged with history, are home to designer shops and eclectic modern buildings, and are just minutes away from Palermo’s picturesque marina. From the outside, the hotel has a very sleek, contemporary appearance; however, when you walk in through the lobby, you will be struck by the characterful arches, the antique Sicilian furniture, and the distinctive colourful artwork on the walls. A homely and traditional fireplace sits as the centrepiece of the main lounge, crested with a coat of arms. In the lounge bar, teas and coffees can be enjoyed in a stylish, cosy atmosphere, and in the library, you can select a book from one of the many shelves and relax into a comfortable and quirky sofa. In the mornings, breakfast is served in the bright, airy breakfast room, which is more overtly modern than the other ground floor rooms. Guestrooms take on a neutral palette of silver, or brown, and white, brightened by rich hues of blue or purple. Textured figurative paintings are hung above the beds. Bathrooms are spacious and sleek, with marble-style floor-to-ceiling tiles and dark counter tops. The effortless blend of the modern with the traditional works particularly well in the Hotel Principe di Villafranca, emphasising its suitability for a stay of a few nights to week as you explore Sicily’s largest city, perhaps as part of a longer touring holiday around Sicily and Italy.


    At the heart of the city of Palermo, Sicily.

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    5 miles

    Closest airport

    Palermo Airport

    Room types

    All 32 rooms are situated on the first floor and feature air-conditioning, telephone, wifi, television, minibar, safe, shower and hairdryer. Deluxe rooms and Junior suites also have a Nespresso machine.
    Classic Single Room
    Classic Room with King, Queen, or Twin beds
    Deluxe Room with King, Queen or Twin beds - extra bed possible.
    Junior Suite - extra bed possible.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Restaurant, bar, private beach area, access to hammam, laundry service, room service, library, lounge bar in fireplace room, fitness room, 24/7 front desk service, babysitting, concierge, personal shopper, car rental, garage parking, cooking classes, off-site golf course, tours and excursions can be arranged.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Palermo is home to some of the world’s greatest examples of Arab-Norman architecture, particularly the San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale and its striking Cappella Palatina mosaics, and La Martorana. Outside Palermo, Monreale is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily, and houses 12th and 13th century mosaics and cloisters. Palermo is an excellent location in which to try the range of Sicilian wines, with streets laden with wine shops and cellars and vineyards covering much of the surrounding landscape. To get a real sense of the city, perhaps take one of the many themed walking tours: from street art, historic cars, fishing history, cemeteries, to gardens. While here, make sure you explore Sferracavallo, Palermo’s fishing village, the small temple on top of Monte Gallo, the Mondello city garden, and the port.

    Sports nearby

    Water sports, cycling, and sailing, golf.


    Children are welcome at the Hotel Principe di Villafranca, and cots can be provided in all double rooms for an extra fee. Babysitting is also available.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    • BOOK NOW

      Complete a simple booking form and e-mail it to us.

    • CALL US 01392 441245

      We are open Mon-Fri 9-17.30 Sat 9.30-16.00.


      Let us know a convenient time to call you back to discuss your holiday.


  • Holidays of month

  • Italy

    Find out more about Italy

    Italy FAST FACTS

    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.


    • Rail holidays

      Rail holidays and train journeys, tailor-made.

    • Garden holidays

      Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups

    • Family holidays

      Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.

    • Cookery holidays

      Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy

    • Spa holidays

      Rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing, good for the body and the soul; spa and well-being worldwide

    • Authentic experiences

      Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.

    • Worldwide journeys

      Luxury tours for individuals around the world


  • New Marine Biology Centre at Kanuhura

    A new Marine Biology Centre as opened at Kanuhura in the Maldives.

    Find out more Read more

  • New Grand Suites for the Venice Simplon Orient Express in 2020

    Three new Grand Suites will be introduced for 2020 on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

    Find out more Read more

  • Six new Cinnamon suites at Mount Cinnamon

    Mount Cinnamon will be introducing 6 new Cinnamon suites in time for the festive season.

    Find out more Read more

  • Hotel Botanico introduces new Wellness Programme June 2019

    The Hotel Botanico in Tenerife is introducing a new ‘Slim and Wellness Programme’ from June 2019

    Find out more Read more

  • Luxury Al Andalus rail holiday departure dates 2020

    The luxury Al Andalus train departure dates for 2020

    Find out more Read more

  • Cookery Holidays at Eremo della Giubiliana Sicily

    The Eremo della Giubiliana has announced the themes for its cookery lessons

    Find out more Read more

  • New Family Aqua Park at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino

    The redesigned Aqua Park at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino opens end of April 2019.

    Find out more Read more

  • Creative Writing Holiday East Winds in St Lucia

    A week long Creative Writing Retreat at East Winds, November 2019.

    Find out more Read more