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12km (7 1/2 miles) W of Palermo.

When the summer sun burns hot, when the old men on the square seek a place in the shade, and when bambini tire of their toys, it's beach weather. For Palermo residents that means Mondello Lido. In the Belle Epoque heyday it was the place European aristocrats flocked to, and the still-standing Art Nouveau villas are a testament of the carefree era. A good sandy beach stretches for about 2km (1 1/4 miles), even though it is commandeered by endless rows of cabanas from June to August, leaving little or no elbow room.