Palermo is a city of art, rich in history and capital of culture 2018. One of the most beautiful cities in Italy, influenced by different cultures that have followed one another over the centuries: Arabs, Normans, Byzantines and Phoenicians, among others, have justify their traces in art and culture, for example in culinary art.
Surrounded by a typical and suggestive atmosphere, Palermo is ideal for a relaxing and fun holiday (thanks to its lively nightlife and its several clubs) and for a tour to discover art and culture.
Indeed, it offers many attractions: baroque and Arab-Norman churches, monuments, beautiful landscapes and popular markets that preserve the ancient traditions of Palermo where you can taste typical products and smell spices and Sicilian perfumes. In this sense we suggest you to visit the city markets Ballarò, Capo, Vucciria and Borgo, so famous all over the world to become places of worship where time seems to stand still.
Cuisine of Palermo is one of the attractions of the city, with its typical dishes and its street food; as a matter of fact, it captures hearts and palates of all its visitors: bread and panelle, sfincione, “pane ca meusa” and much more … between sweet and savory you will have plenty of choice.
All the most beautiful and important monuments of Sicilian capital are concentrated in the area of “Quattro Canti”, a square with an octagonal shape that connects the historic areas of Albergheria, Capo, Cala and Kalsa. Palatine Chapel is one of them. Located inside the Norman Palace, featured by an obvious type of Byzantine-Saracen architecture, is famous for the presence of one of the most beautiful and best preserved mosaics in the world.
The Cathedral, other than being one of the most important places of worship in Palermo, is one of the most visited and interesting monuments of the capital. Here, you can find Frederick II of Swabia’s grave, along with those of other important rulers, plus, you can admire the famous painting”Assunzione” of Velasquez.
Equally important and worth a visit are Martorana Church, an Arab-Norman masterpiece; the Church of San Cataldo, famous for its domes; the Diocesan Museum, which houses works of art of immense value; Church of Jesus, that of the Magione and the Church of San Francesco. The Catacombs, located inside the convent of the Capuchin friars, are very suggestive, where ancient skeletons could impress the sensitive visitors.
For those who want to relax, enjoying the sun and the sea, can go to one of the beautiful beaches of Palermo. Capo Gallo nature reserve and seafront of Sferracavallo are breathtaking, but it is the beach of Mondello, with its fine white sand and its crystal clear sea, to all intents and purposes to be the flagship of Palermo.