palermo

Hello, palermo

Capital of the beautiful region of Sicily, Palermo is a fascinating hidden gem and a busy port city that brims with energy. Continuously changing, this city has reclaimed its place among Europe’s cultural cities. Palermo is full of sights and treasures: from Baroque churches and glorious Norman-Gothic architecture to Art Nouveau villas and lively markets – the flamboyant spirit of Palermo can be found down every corner of the city's chaotic streets.

To Do & To See

Plenty of things to do and see

Normans Palace, Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo

Palazzo dei Normanni

The former royal palace of King Roger II in the 1100’s, Palazzo dei Normanni is one of the most famous sights in Palermo. Dating back to the 9th century, the palace owes its current appearance to the embellishments realized by the Normans: covered in dazzling Byzantine mosaics, the Arab-Norman architecture is a symbol of the political and cultural union operated by the Normans.Check out the stunning Palatine Chapel

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Italy coast line

InterCity to Rome

A train ride that includes a ferry trip on its journey, this InterCity route connects Palermo to Rome and traverses Catania, Naples, the region of Calabria and Messina (among other places) along the way. Beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian Sea coastline, Mount Vesuvius and the coast of Sicily accompany the ride. The entire trip takes around 12 hours.

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Palatine Chapel, Cappella Palatina in Palermo

Cappella Palatina

The royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily, Cappella Palatina is the finest example of the Arab-Norman art in the city. Every inch is a jubilation of craftmanship, from the golden mosaics covering the walls, to the marble floors and carved, wooden ceilings.The chapel is located inside the Normans Palace (Palazzo dei Normanni) and there's likely a queue at the entrance, so try to get here at the opening in the morning.

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Piazza and Fontana Pretoria in Palermo

Piazza Pretoria

The grandiose Piazza Pretoria captivates with its fountain, spreading proudly in front of Palazzo Pretorio (City Hall) as one of the major symbols of Palermo. The Pretoria Fountain was sculpted by Francesco Camilliani in 1574 and initially placed in Florence for a few years, it was then bought by the municipality and transported to Palermo. The fountain is a true masterpiece and considered being one of the most beautiful fountains in Italy.The nude figures adorning the fountain has got the most prudish population of the city to nickname the square "Piazza della Vergogna", Square of Shame.

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Cathedral of Palermo

Cattedrale di Palermo

One of the major examples of Sicily's unique encounter of architectonic styles, Palermo's cathedral is the results of centuries of additions, redecoration and restorations. It was built on 1185 on the site of a former Byzantine church, which was used as a mosque during the 9th century and it encompasses Medieval, Gothic, Arabic and Neoclassical style. Climb up to the roof and enjoy a great view of the city.

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Quattro Canti Square in Palermo

Quattro Canti

Also known as Piazza Vigliena, Quattro Canti is considered as one of the most fascinating landmarks of Palermo. Located at the intersection of Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, it has an octagonal structure shaped by the elegant facades of the buildings standing at its corners. During the day, the sun is always shining on at least one of the four facades: leading on this Baroque gem being nicknamed by locals "il teatro del sole" ("the theatre of the sun").

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