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Palermo

“Palermo was lovely. The most beautifully situated town in the world – it dreams away its life in the Conca d’Oro, the exquisite valley that lies between two seas. The lemon groves and the orange gardens were entirely perfect.” - Oscar Wilde

Palermo is the vibrant capital of Sicily and the most conquered city in the world. Having been ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Normans, the city has an unrivalled selection of architectural styles. Buildings such as the Palermo Cathedral, Zisa Castle and the Norman Palace mix Arab and Norman characteristics which makes Palermo fascinating.

Wander around Palermo’s winding streets decorated with Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau churches, palaces and buildings before exploring its wealth of green spaces - no wonder the city was known as the ‘garden city’.  Enjoy a panoramic view of the Gulf of Palermo from the seafront park, Foro Italico. Or, swap the bustling city for the sandy beaches within the Capo Gallo Nature Reserve, just a short drive from the city centre.

Try some of Palermo’s renowned cuisine at the outdoor markets which sell colourful fruit and vegetables, as well as fish, meat and traditional street food. It’s the perfect place for lovers of food and culture. Immerse yourself in the Italian coffee custom and drink an espresso on one of the numerous terraces; or browse the one off boutiques to find something that you can guarantee you’ll never see anybody else wearing.

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