The early American colonists found some crude gardening already practised amongst the Indians.They found many useful native fruits and herbs (they were, for example, greatly impressed by the abundance of native grapes); and they were all under the stern necessity of making the utmost efforts towards supplying their own wants.
There are pedal-boats for hire, life-guards keeping an eye on the water, pedlars weaving up and down the beach with jewellery, sarongs, food and drink, and generally a busy, lively atmosphere.
The beach is generally crowded, but there's a sunny holiday atmosphere at Mondello, and like the locals, tourists may wish to take time off from their business of sightseeing, and relax with a few hedonistic hours by the turquoise sea.
The Mondello beach is long and curving, made of soft pale sand sloping very gently into the turquoise sea.
Its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean brought wave upon wave of invaders including the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracen Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians, the French and the Spanish Bourbons just to name the most influential.
The result of this quilted history is evident today in the vast range of architectural styles, the intriguing fusion of ingredients used in many local dishes and in many place names which are obviously not of Italian origin.
The symbol of Mondello is the striking Art Nouveau building on a pier in the middle of the bay, the Charleston.