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Palermo travel guide

 

Palermo is full of wonders. A city which has such a long and diverse history, giving it a distinct atmosphere. It is Italy, but not entirely. Palermo is more than that. Often referred to as as the most conquered city in the world, it paints a mixture of cultures like no other. Greek. Roman. Byzantine. Arab. Bourbon. And of course, Italian. It is a real cocktail of footprints.

 

How to get there

Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily. One can either fly to Palermo (we heard the airport is quite windy, though), or fly to Catania. If you fly to Catania and then got a bus ticket for 13 Euro one way per person. It takes 2 hours and a half to get to Palermo.

 

What to See

Catedralle di Palermo is Palermo’s most famous historic spot and definitely a must-see. However, the truly impressive one is Palermo’s Cappella Palatina. The chapel combines harmoniously a variety of styles: Norman architecture and door decor, Arabic arches and script adorning the roof, Byzantine dome and mosaics.

Nearby you can relax in the pretty city park Villa Bonnano – a beautiful garden with fountains, plenty of benches to sit on and lovely palm trees.

Fontana Pretoria was built in Florence, and then transferred to Palermo in 1574. The fountain was considered to be a depiction of the corrupt municipality of Palermo. For this reason and because of the nudity of the statues, the square became known as “Piazza della Vergogna” (Square of Shame). Port di Palermo is a must-visit, too. Continue your walk towards Villa Giola – a beautiful and peaceful city park.

Next to it are situated the famous Botanical Gardens. Orto Botanico is home to at least 12,000 species. It’s historical, inspiring and peaceful. The same one which Goethe loved so much.