General: Palermo - the coastal city with rich history, culture and traditions
On the north coast of Sicily, in a picturesque bay of the Tyrrhenian Sea, often called the Golden Shell, lies the capital of the Autonomous Region of Sicily, the city of Palermo
As a political and cultural centre, Palermo is a Mecca for art historians and offers its guests one of the largest old towns in Europe with numerous architectural masterpieces from different periods such as Romanticism, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and modern art. In order not to loose the overview in the variety of sightseeings, it is advisable to make a guided tour. In any case, one gets to see the most important sightseeings and hear the most exciting stories.
Palermo is a city of contrasts. One finds both decay and creativity and sees inertia miraculously coexisting with Italian liveliness. Cosy, historic squares with their famous Sicilian ice cream parlours shine in a perfect light and invite you to spend relaxing and enjoyable afternoons in the so-called "La bella hectica"
Facts & figures: 656,000 inhabitants, Italy's fifth largest city, 158 km² area, 8 urban districts, 34 quarters
Palermo sights: The most important church building is the cathedral. Also worth seeing and experiencing are the Norman Palace, Quattro Canti Square, the National Archaeological Museum, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Teatro Massimo and the Parco della Favorita. The most beautiful beach is Mondello Bay and the highest mountain of Monte Pellegrino. Palermo also offers great food and excellent shopping with the Piazza Marina food mile
Nightlife: Palermo has a very active nightlife. There is always a lively life on the Piazzi. But there are also numerous hip clubs in the city centre like the "Nepentha", the "Phepita", the "Kuah" or the "Heaven".
Culinary: With a rich vegetation of prickly pears, bananas, lemon trees, almond trees, olive trees and prickly pears, Palermo offers an imaginative and sumptuous range of characteristic dishes of exceptional quality. Well known for Palermo are ricotta and candied fruits