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Borgo Parrini

If only Gaudi could see it

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Where is


90047 Parrini PA, Italia (120m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

The village is a small hamlet of Partinico, in the province of Palermo, which takes its particular name from the settlement that occurred in the 16th century of a community of priests from the Novitiate of Jesus of Palermo-in fact, translating the Sicilian word "parrini" means "priests." Today, however, what you see here has little to do with priests or classic old, rural villages: bright colors, sinuous lines and an enviable attention to detail express an irrepressible joie de vivre and yearning for the exotic.

Why it's special

When the hamlet was now almost uninhabited, an entrepreneur and the few residents decided to unleash their inventiveness. They renovated some houses taking inspiration from Antoni Gaudi 's work in Barcelona, transforming Borgo Parrini into a kind of kaleidoscopic set where it is impossible to resist the temptation to pose and take a memorable photo! The renovation focused not only on the houses, but also on the narrow streets and paths: curved lines and "mosaic" compositions made with pieces of tiles on the walls, and stones on the pavements reign everywhere.

Not to be missed

Thanks to this project, the village has come to a new life, attracting tourists and the curious. However, wandering ecstatically through its narrow streets is not the only enjoyable activity you can do. For example, why not immerse yourself in the lives of its inhabitants? Between the literary café, the local cultural association and the intoxicating foods that Sicilian cuisine generously offers, you are spoiled for choice. They say it's a good idea to start with "u pani ri parrinari," the typical local bread that can be found in the village bakeries.

A bit of history

Born between the 1500s and 1600s, Borgo Parrini was marked by the presence of the Jesuit Fathers of the Novitiate of Palermo, who bought land in some fiefs in the areas northeast of Partinico's territory. Around the mid-19th century, the land came under the rule of French Prince Henry d'Orleans Duke of Aumale, who created a dormitory for workers employed in his winery to produce and market Moscatello dello Zucco. The village's renovation project, on the other hand, is the child of rural depopulation, which reached one of its highest peaks here during the 1970s.

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