Mondello is a small town near the city of Palermo in the autonomous
region of Sicily in Southern Italy. The beach lies between two cliffs called
Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino. The town was originally a small fishing
village situated on marshland, but at the end of the 19th Century it grew into a
center of tourism. Since 1985 Mondello is home to the World Windsurfing Festival, renamed in
2001 World Festival on the Beach, an annual event that brings together various
manifestations of sports (windsurfing, sailing, kite, beach volleyball, etc..),
And musical performances, for their international connotation, transform the
town in Sicily in a village of great interest.
beach resort par excellance, Mondello extends along a delightful bay, from the
foot of Monte Pellegrino to the foot of Monte Gallo. One of the most famous
beach resort in the island, it has experienced a considerable development since
the post-war period which, however, has not affected the extensive green areas
surrounding private houses, hotels and places of amusement. Many Palermitans
have chosen to live in Mondello, a place that can be rightly called a garden
city, far from the nearby city’s busy traffic.
The old fishing village lies at
the northern end of the bay, on the site of an ancient “tonnara” (tunny-fishery)
round tower is still visible. Another coeval watch tower stand aloof on the
furthermost spur to the west of the bay. The beginning of the century, when the
Belle Epoque was at its height, witnessed the first elite settlements, which
would continue throughout the period between the two wars. Of great interest
are: Villa Dagnino (1914), Villa Pojero (1915) and the Sea Kursaal (bathing
establishment), built in late floreal style in fashion at the time.