PALERMO AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

DISCOVERING ANCIENT PANORMUS

This city, with thousands of years of history, hides the traces of the civilizations that have populated it over the course of history. The Art Nouveau areas, the neoclassical theatres, the sumptuous royal residences and the thousand-year-old heritage of the fascinating Arab Norman culture, protected by UNESCO, are just some of the treasures not to be missed on a visit to the city.
But Palermo is also the taste of a gastronomic tradition as rich as its history.
So a tour of the city cannot be considered complete without tasting some of the specialities of the local cuisine, or visiting its lively historic markets.

If you only have a day to visit Palermo, here are some of the sights not to miss.

FOOD & WINE

IN SEARCH OF THE AUTHENTIC TASTE OF PALERMO

La città di Palermo è il luogo del buon cibo dove perdersi alla scoperta dei sapori e dei profumi del mare e della terra, che raccontano le tradizioni e le usanze dei suoi conquistatori.
Non potrete resistere al tradizionale cannolo alla ricotta, ad una brioche con gelato oppure ad un buon vino siciliano per accompagnare un eccellente menu a base di pesce fresco o semplicemente un aperitivo servito con formaggi locali nelle più esclusive enoteche.

The best in street food is to be found in the Capo, Ballarò and Vucciria markets, which are worth a visit in any case,because of their unique atmosphere.The colours, sounds and smells will make you want to lose yourself among the stalls, piled high with meat, fish and vegetables. You can taste “frittola” (fried offal), “panic’a’meuza” (bread roll with spleen), bread rolls with “pannelle” (fried squares of chick pea flour) and “crocché” (potato croquettes), “stigghiola” (lamb guts), “sfincione” (a type of pizza) and many other kinds of Palermo street food.
If you have a sweet tooth, you just cannot miss a visit to the most important patisseries of Palermo, for a “cannolo” filled before your very eyes, a brioche with ice cream or a slice of Sicilian cassata.
The area of Piazza Olivella and Via dell’Orologio is one of the central points of the city’s nightlife. It is full of places to have an aperitif, taste some street food or listen to a live concert. A sandwich and a beer late at night can always be found in Via deiChiavettieri, the street that leads to the Vucciria market square, and in the area of Piazza Rivoluzione and Piazza Sant’Anna, which are lively late into the night.

SHOPPING

HIGH FASHION, AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SPECIALITIES, CERAMICS AND REGIONAL CRAFTS.

A visit to Palermo should certainly include a shopping trip in search of the best that this great city has to offer. Via Libertà and Via Ruggero Settimo are the main shopping streets, where you will find boutiques selling the most exclusive high fashion designer labels and the signs of the biggest names in jewelry and luxury goods. There is also a wide range of international chain stores with clothes, accessories, household goods, books and music.
Big names, and also small shops dedicated to making Sicilian crafts, where you can buy the island’s traditional colorful ceramics or the regional agricultural and food specialties.

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