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29 June 2020

Just a weekend in Palermo? Everything is possible!

In the last years the city of Palermo has been the scene of activities aimed at enhancing the artistic and cultural heritage. The Italian Capital of Culture 2018, Palermo is a pearl to discover.

If your stay is short and you are afraid of neglecting something important during your holidays in Sicily, don’t worry! Follow our advice and you will not be disappointed!

To start your weekend in Palermo, don’t miss the majestic Palermo Cathedral. An exceptional Arab-Norman masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 3 July 2015, it is the city’s main Catholic place of worship. The southern elevation of the Cathedral protrudes over Corso Vittorio Emanuele, also called Cassaro, a word of Arab origin which refers to the term “fortification”. Corso Vittorio is currently one of the main streets of the city, constantly crowded with tourists and onlookers fascinated by Palermo art. It’s the ideal starting point if you want to start your holidays in Sicily in the right way! In fact, proceeding along the course you can come across the Quattro Canti, located right at the intersection of the Cassaro and Via Maqueda.  Among the names that are given to the octagonal square there is also Teatro del Sole, because for each season, two of the cantons are always illuminated by the sun. Coming across the Massimo Theatre is a triumph of magnificence, it is the largest theater in Italy and the third in Europe.

During a weekend in Palermo, a visit to the chaotic markets of the city cannot be missed: Ballarò, Vucciria and Capo. They wind along several streets paved with balances often disconnected from each other where the arrangement of fruit and vegetables is already an art form in itself. Rich in strictly Street Food-themed corners, the markets are a journey of perfumes, flavors and sounds of a multiethnic and enchanting city.

If you are fascinated by medieval art, you cannot miss the Kalsa district and visit the famous Church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo, while, if you love the sea and sunsets, a walk along the seafront of the Cala is the best solution. There, looking up you can admire one of the largest graffiti in the city, dedicated to the magistrates Falcone and Borsellino.

If, instead, you love nature and immerse yourself in the green, you cannot miss a visit to the Botanical Garden of the city with more than two centuries of history and an immense variety of exotic plants. A wonder for the eyes! We assure you a weekend in Palermo that you will not forget.

In short, you cannot miss Palermo during your holidays in Sicily. So, take your backpacker and wear comfortable shoes and we guarantee that it will be a short but extraordinary stay and a wonderful summer moment in Sicily!

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