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Sicily’s magnificent main city is a cultural melting pot of incredible architecture, vibrant culture and metropolitan madness. The curving coastline provides refuge from the chaotic and captivating city centre, where unique and intriguing attractions reside. In typical Italian style, the city is smothered with awe inspiring churches, fascinating fountains and majestic palaces, punctuated with green and bounteous oases; Palermo is a city that will get under your skin, a place in which opportunity and adventure awaits the curious traveller who is guaranteed to never want to leave the fascinating city.
A visit to Palermo would most certainly be incomplete without a visit to some of its many awe inspiring churches, all of which feature architectural amalgamations and colourful domes; feast upon the sight of the unique pink domes of San Cataldo, which many people say look like pink cupcakes.
Walk amidst the ruins of Santa Maria, the interior of which was painted by Raphael, or observe Santa Teresa, the finest example of Baroque style in Sicily.
Palermo’s most eccentric attraction is undoubtedly The Catacombs of the Capuchins, darkened tunnels in which perfectly preserved mummies of Palermo locals are pegged to the walls to give the illusion they’re standing. It’s an unforgettable adventure that is completely unmissable.
The cultural history of Palermo is as rich as its sumptuous Sicilian cuisine, and the museums of the city perfectly reflect that. Located within the sacred walls of the Palermo Cathedral, the unostentatious Tesero Museum is dedicated the remarkable reigns of Sicilian Royalty, and houses the glittering crowns and jewels of past monarchs.
Another cultural pinnacle is the Teatro Massimo, an architectural marvel featured in famous films such as The Godfather. Tickets for unforgettable opera and ballet performances can be purchased daily from the box office, or guests can enjoy a guided tour of the majestic interior for a small fee.
Sicilian cuisine is world renowned for the superior quality of its ingredients, explosive flavours and culinary creativity. Enjoy fine examples of Italian cuisine with a creative twist at Ristorante Luci e Calici, where an intimate and inviting atmosphere gives guests the opportunity to choose between fish specialities and the restaurant’s speciality of Florentine steak, presented sizzling on a hot griddle for guests to finish cooking to their exact desire. (Via Sammartino, 121, 90141 Palermo, Italy, +39 091 754 2967)