Situated on the north coast of Sicily, it is an absolute must on a tour of Italy or the Mediterranean!
Phoenician city from the VI century BCE, it was called "Panormus" - all port – and it extended from the ample plain surrounded by hills, namely the "Conca d'Oro" - Valley of Gold, to the middle of the gulf.
Palermo is a city which combines the styles of the peoples that have inhabited it over the centuries, i.e. the Phoenicians, the Arabs and the Normans.
Palermo blends them in the polychromy of the marble of its buildings' facades, in the domes of Arab origin and in the multi-coloured markets Vucciria, Ballarò, Borgo and Capo that define and delimit the neighbourhoods of the historical centre.
The historical centre, on a square plan, encompasses its two main streets, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and via Maqueda.
The Royal Palace, called the Palace of the Normans, can be found in the centre; its Palatine Chapel, abounding in antique mosaics and decorations, and the majestic Arab-Norman Cathedral, are symbols of the splendour of the ancient capital.