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Monte Pellegrino

The mountains and surrounding sea make Monte Pellegrino in Palermo a wonderful tourist attraction. On a Sunday afternoon, downtown Palermo can seem a bit deserted. If you’re wondering where everyone has gone, you need only to look up the Via Pietro Bonanno toward Monte Pellegrino. There, a steady snake of traffic will let you know...

Palermo

Palermo, the quintessence of Sicily, is capable of being chaotic, elegant, fascinating, secretive and a little decadant, all at the same time. The main centre on the island since the 9th Century B.C., its current appearance derives mainly from its past rich in influence and foreign domination and demonstrates the typical Sicilian fusion of art,...

Bellini Square

Behind the City Hall, there is another square, Piazza Bellini where you can see two of Palermo’s most interesting churches: the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio (more commonly known as La Martorana) and the Church of San Cataldo, instantly recognizeable thanks to its trio of red domes. The disparate architectural styles and eras of the...

Massimo Theatre

The Teatro Massimo is Palermo’s dominant opera house and performance hall for ballet. Built between 1875 and 1897 by the architect E.Basile, it was completely refurbished in 1997 for its 100th birthday. It looks stunning, and for many American guests, oddly familiar. It has become one of the city's iconic landmarks. Palermo's Teatro Massimo "Vittorio...

Palace of the Normans and Palatina Chapel

On a plateau above the incessant traffic and hubbub of the modern city, the Norman Palace, Palermo's stronghold, rises skyward. This piece of architecture offers a taste of the rich variety of art, the simplicity and the poised style of the Norman Sicilian kings' court. The fortress was rebuilt by the Arabs in the Ninth...

Cathedral of Palermo

The splendid Cathedral of Palermo, with its elegant arches and towers, tells the story in stone of this ancient city. This majestic jewel was built in 1185 on the site of a previous Christian Basilica, which had also been a Mosque in the days of the Arab occupation. Thus, right from its foundations the story...

Piazza Pretoria

Fringed by imposing churches and buildings, this piazza is visually dominated by the over-the-top Fontana Pretoria , one of Palermo's major landmarks. The fountain's tiered basins ripple out in concentric circles, crowded with nude nymphs, tritons and leaping river gods. Such flagrant nudity proved a bit much for Sicilian churchgoers, who prudishly dubbed it the...

Churches_Palermo

Thanks to Palermo’s colorful past, churches in Palermo don’t fit into one set mode. Instead, they span the centuries, combining architectural styles in ways found nowhere else on earth. From converted mosques to the Baroque beauties, each one has something to offer visitors visually. Palermo churches are also very welcoming to guests. Unless otherwise noted,...

Outdoor Markets_Palermo

One of the legacies of Palermo’s past as a commercial center and port that continues to manifest itself in the present day is the Palermo market culture. In particular, Palermo’s muslim history has made an imprint on the bazaars and markets of the town. Bustling, crowded, and full of all kinds of treasures, a day...
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