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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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Sicily, the Island at the Heart of the Mediterranean

Sicily, the Island at the Heart of the Mediterranean

Sicily, the largest of Italy’s islands, is rich in natural wonders and cultural treasures. It has great weather and great food. Here are the primary reasons why you should make Sicily your next target destination. And as always, prepare by downloading the Sicily Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map.

Mediterranean Beaches

The shores of Sicily house some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, supplemented by the wonderful weather. Anytime from May to October is a prime time to visit any of Sicily’s 280 beaches. The Western Coast is the favorite of tourists. Villas just 5 minutes away from the shore can be rented at quite an affordable price.

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Incredible History

There are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in and near Sicily, and each one features vivid architecture from various time periods. The most prominent of these sites are as follows:

·         Ragusa – an ancient city located at the southern tip of Sicily, clinging to a steep hillside. It offers incredible views of the island and features romantic winding streets, cobbled walk ways, historic churches, and medieval buildings.

·         Syracuse – a well-preserved historic site that is home to a weird mix of old medieval houses and new modern ones. It was once a major city of the Greek empire which is still evident in the numerous ancient Greek ruins scattered all around the city.

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Food and Wine

Sicily is a paradise when it comes to exquisite food and authentic wine. All the ingredients come from local farms and wineries which guarantees their freshness. Wherever you eat on the island, the food and wine is guaranteed to be amazing. The island and its regions have their own local specialty dishes the most popular of which is Cannoli (Italian for ‘little tube’). Cannoli is the most coveted dessert in Sicily and one of the most popular in Italy. Its main ingredient is the delectable sugary vanilla ricotta cheese. Sicily Cannoli is special since it is guaranteed to have the magic ingredient Succade (candid citrus fruit peel).

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