Palermo is the biggest town in Sicily and a beautiful place to be for vacation, or to live in! Palermo is a masterpiece and here you will learn why.
Palermo is not only about mafia stories and crimes, but this city is also fascinating, enchanting and the people living in it will sooner or later grab your heart.
There are many things to do and eat in Palermo that it will probably take you a lifetime to list them all.
Certain things, instead, are a must-do in this city and in this guide, I am going to try to guide you along with the best spots and awesome buildings/food and arts you can find in this city located on the beautiful Sicilian island.
A real fact is that the city center of Palermo is the biggest in Europe, so let’s walk in the city center and start this Palermo guide now.
Palermo What To Do
Since there are so many buildings to see in Palermo we are going to start to look around the city center and the Ballarò Historical Market.
This market is a veritable riot of colors, flavors, smells and nice sounds from people screaming and selling any kind of good things.
If you are in Palermo you need to go there for sure, this will give you an idea about how good this city can be and how happy the people are in the city.
Then, while walking around you can not bump into it the majestic Teatro Politeama.
This theatre is awesome because the main entrance looks like a roman arch like the ones you can find in Rome or in any other roman city like Rimini for instance.
A circular structure is wrapping around the arch creating a nice symphony of shapes and colors around this awesome theatre.
The Palermo Cathedral reminds of The Big Ben in London apart from the weather that surrounds this building and the awesome palm trees.
Somewhere, where you will be enchanted, is the Palazzo Dei Normanni E Cappella Palatina.
The Norman Palace was a sumptuous palace, rich with frescoes paintings and mosaics. The Palatine Chapel, originally the church of the royal family, stands out among the various “rooms”.
Completely decorated with Byzantine mosaics and wooden stalactites, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in all of Sicily.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Quattro Canti e Piazza Bellini,
Chiesa del Gesù o Casa Professa,
Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas,
Castello della Zisa,
San Giovanni degli Eremiti,
Le Catacombe dei Cappuccini, (where you can find a preserved mummy called Rosalia, a 2-year-old girl who died of pneumonia perfectly preserved.)
Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio.
If you are in Palermo you want to go visit Monreale and Modello beach and The Zingaro Nature Reserve. Also, the popular mafia town of Corleone is not too far away.
From Palermo, you can take a boat to the Aeolian Islands and Egadi islands, which are literally paradise on earth.
Food In Palermo
Sicily is the crib of great food and beautiful sunny places, in fact here you can taste cheap and awesome food in any corner of the city.
There are many dishes typical from Palermo, but definitely something you will find in any street and which is similar to an American burger are “Pane and Panelle”.
The Panelle are fritters made from chickpea flour and other ingredients that can be eaten with absolutely anything on the side or with bread and buns.
Il Tonno Allo Sfincione (Tuna) is a traditional dish of the cuisine of Palermo. It is one of the many dishes, very pleasant, to prepare fresh with fresh tuna and sauce.
Right after the famous cannoli Siciliani, you can find a cake called Cassata siciliana.
This is made with many things such as pine nuts as well and according to the tradition, one night a shepherd decided to mix sheep’s milk ricotta with sugar and honey and the cassata was born.
The Sfincione Bagarese is another popular dish that consists of a sort of a pizza with a high but soft dough seasoned with anchovies, white onions, and toasted breadcrumbs …
To conclude this guide of Palermo I am here to tell you that this region called Sicily is made of unlimited beauty.
Palermo is a city that will rape your heart because it is to nice to be real! The atmosphere that you will smell in the city is of happiness and joy.
The surroundings and landscapes are always beautiful. If it happens that you are here visiting in the summer there will be an unlimited number of beaches and seashores each one completely different from another.
Some beaches have white sand some others have brow sand and some others have stones, black stone, white stones and so much more.
Palermo is a gem and beautiful city with many buildings and architectures you don’t want to miss.
Food is all over the city awesome and you will spend almost no money to eat some of the greatest food of your entire life.
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