Palermo

  • At Palermo, do not miss out on Monreale abbey and its cathedral filled with mosaics depicting major biblical scenes. Also pay a visit to the monastery whose arcades are decked out in splendid polychromic designs. Visit the regional archaeological museum on the Piazza Olivella. The collections are all stored in the cloister of a 17th century convent and include numerous Egyptian, Carthaginian, Greek ...
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  • In the middle of the square, you can see the famous fountain created by Camillo Camilliani in 1554.
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  • The Palermo Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, is an imposing architectural complex that combines various styles.
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  • Its construction began in the 12th century but renovations dating from the 18th century can also be made out in its interior.
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  • The Church of Santa Caterina, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, overlooks the Piazza Pretoria.
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  • The Basilica of San Domenico, located on the square of the same name in the La Loggia neighbourhood, is the second largest place of worship in Palermo after the cathedral.
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  • Palermo is located in the north of the island and is its largest city.
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At Palermo, do not miss out on Monreale abbey and its cathedral filled with mosaics depicting major biblical scenes. Also pay a visit to the monastery whose arcades are decked out in splendid polychromic designs. Visit the regional archaeological museum on the Piazza Olivella. The collections are all stored in the cloister of a 17th century convent and include numerous Egyptian, Carthaginian, Greek and Roman relics.
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Palermo: what to do?

- Wandering through the stalls of the three most famous Sicilian markets: Capo, Vucciria and Ballarò. There are also some less well-known ones, like the one on Marina Square, which is open at the weekend. - Visit the many Palermitan palaces, like Steri and Abatellis, most of which include a museum.
- Visit the many churches and chapels scattered throughout the city: the churches of St. Francis and Santa Maria dello Spasimo, or the Monreale Cathedral, which is probably the largest monument from the Norman period.
- Walking through the city's botanical garden.
- Getting lost in the maze of streets of the historic centre or the famous catacombs of the Capuchin convent. br/> - Explore the Qanat, (the old Arab aqueducts).
- Stroll along the seafront of Mondello, a chic seaside resort located some 10 minutes from Palermo.

- The collection of squares, one more beautiful than the last: the star 'Quattro Canti' as well as Garrefello, Caracciolo, Vucciria, Magione, etc.
- Even though some palaces are not open to the public, you should still go have a look at their exterior. The same goes for the theatre if you are not planning on seeing a play.

  • The cuisine
  • The multicoloured markets
  • The palaces and churches hiding behind heavy doors
  • The climate
  • The traffic
  • Some of the roads are not in very good condition.

Reminders

Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat, even outside of the summer season.
If you rent a car, have an experienced driver take the wheel, since driving around Palermo is very difficult.

To avoid

Just like in all big cities, you should not display your valuables when you are walking around.
Since the Cosa Nostra (the Sicilian mafia) is part of Sicily's history, avoid talking about it in your every discussion and with every Palermitan you meet!

Palermo: what to eat?

Pane ca' meusa, panelle e Crocce', caponata? To discover all these specialities, head to the Focacceria S. Francesco. Remember that one of the Palermitan specialities is none other than the calf spleen, often eaten in a sandwich or a Panini.
When it comes to pasta, try the sardines pasta (pasta con le sarde), it is one of the typical Sicilian dishes.

Palermo: what to buy?

Clothes and accessories, of course (you are in Italy after all!) that you will find in the shops concentrated around three streets (via Libertà, via Ruggero Settimo and via Maqueda). High fashion (Versace, Dolce e Gabbana, etc.) or retail chains, you will be able to find almost all of the brands.
Ceramic objects: decorated objects, vases, dishes, etc., are all part of the Sicilian artisanry.
Fruit, vegetables and spices from the markets.

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