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Reasons that will Compel You to Visit Palermo, Italy's Most Flamboyant City

Reasons that will Compel You to Visit Palermo, Italy's Most Flamboyant City

The capital of Italy's picturesque island paradise is equally as stunning as the rest of the entire island itself. Here, you'll get to venture in 12th-century royal tombs, huge neoclassical theaters, and stroll around a 9th-century royal palace. But history and architecture aren't the only things that Palermo has to offer. Explore busy street markets and get lost in its endearing culture that will surely perk up your senses. Download the Palermo Travel Guide and Offline Map now and start your next adventure!

1.     Cappella Palatina

Palermo's extraordinary chapel is the city's top tourist attraction. And it's no wonder having been designed by Roger II in 1130. Located on the mid-level of Palazzo dei Normanni's three-tiered loggia, prepare to be awestruck with its glittering gold mosaics, inlaid marble floors, and wooden muqarnas ceiling. The latter is considered a masterpiece Arabic-style honeycomb carving reflecting Norman Sicily's cultural complexity.

2.      Teatro Massimo

Can you imagine walking into a palatial neoclassical opera house that took 20 years to complete? Well, imagine no more. At Europe's second-largest opera house located in Palermo, you'll get to visually experience first-hand it richly decorated interiors. And if you're a fan of the Godfather series of movies then you'll be extra thrilled to know that the ending scene of The Godfather: Part III was filmed within its walls.

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3.     Mercato di Ballarò

What better way to experience the culture of a certain city than to explore its markets? Several blocks southeast of the Palazzo dei Normanni is Palermo's busiest market. It's so busy that you literally it comes alive with its throbbing vibrancy from the early morning to the evenings. Mercato di Ballarò is a fascinating at best and the certainly the epitome of street life. Here you'll find everything you need for cheap, from Chinese products to fresh produce.

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Visit Buenos Aires, the Capital City of Argentina

Visit Buenos Aires, the Capital City of Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s most populous city, combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Here are the 4 most compelling reasons to visit Buenos Aires. For the best experience, make sure you download the Buenos Aires Travel Guide and Offline City Maps before you arrive.

Argentina’s Political Hub, the Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo, since its foundation in 1580, has played and continuous to play an important part in Argentina’s political landscape. This political square houses Argentina’s the pink-ochre Casa Rosada, the country’s presidential palace. Tourists can participate in guided tours during summer in which uniformed grenadier guards lead you through the palace’s majestic chambers and palm-shaded patios. The square houses several other important historical buildings most notable of which are the Banco de la Nación (the National Bank of Argentina) and the restored Cabildo (a colonial-era town hall).

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Home of the Boca Juniors, the La Bombonera

The La Bombonera Stadium is the home of the country’s leading summer team the Boca Juniors. It is where the career of the legendary player Diego Maradona was launched, an inspiring success story that stirs the hearts of sports fans all over the country even today. The stadium also houses the Museo de la Pasión Boquense. It is a small museum open only on no-game days where the jerseys, trophies, and balls that helped build the Boca story are in full display.

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The Marriage of City and Country, the Feria de Mataderos

The Mataderos Fair is one of the most popular festivals in Argentina. It is an event in which Argentinean culture, traditions, and history are in full display. Countless grills line up on the streets and field cooks prepare and serve steaming plates of traditional Argentinean dishes. While enjoying the luscious food, participants can watch horsemen showcase remarkable feats of feats of bravura horsemanship.

Window to the Past, El Zanjón

El Zanjon in San Telmo is a townhouse built in the 1830s. Beneath it is a mesmerizing labyrinth of tunnels, dwellings, cisterns, creeks, and courtyards built more than 400 years ago. Exploring them will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.

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