Palermo was first of all a Greek and Roman city which then became a capital of the Arab world and was later conquered by the Normans. All this history has left its mark on the city in the form of the buildings and monuments of Palermo as well as in the city streets, its gardens and theatres.
Palermo is the capital city of the Italian region of Sicily and of the province of Palermo and is a city steeped in history, culture, art and music. It is famous for its cuisine and tourists are attracted to its restaurants, which excel in their seafoods, as much as for visiting the many Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and buildings.
Palermo is widely known for its colourful fruit, vegetable and fish market known as the Vucciria.
Palermo attracts tourists for its sunny climate, and is one of Europe’s warmest cities, and therefore draws visitors to the beautiful beaches in the area such as Mondello Beach with crystal-clear waters.
The patron Saint of Palermo is Saint Rosalia, who has her saint’s day on July 14th and is the most important religious event of the year.
The Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio or San Nicolò dei Greci, commonly called the Martorana, overlooking the renowned Piazza Bellini in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. Co-Cathedral of Eparchy of Eastern Rite, is part of the Italo-Albanian Catholic Church, Diocese Byzantine-Greek Rite of Piana degli Albanesi.
Quattro Canti, officially known as Piazza Vigliena, is a Baroque square in Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy.It was laid out on the orders of the Viceroy the Duke of Maqueda between 1608-1620 by Giulio Lasso at the crossing of the two principal streets in Palermo, the Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
The Orto Botanico di Palermo (Palermo Botanical Garden) is both a botanical garden and a research and educational institution forming part of, and managed by, the Department of Botany of the University of Palermo. The garden lies within the city of Palermo, at 10 metres above sea-level. It covers about 30 acres on top of red soil that has evolved on a calcareous tufaceous substratum.
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