The Sicilian Paradise Overview

An overview of one of the most famous part of this wonderful country. Italy pearl: Sicilia.

Palermo

This is city has many contrast, it has that beach-feeling, medieval streets, mysterious alleys all set in a beautiful and cultural rich environment.

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Palermo Cathedral

One of the most different and uniques cathedrals in Italy. A mix of baroque and gothic styles with a tropical courtyard of palm trees.

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Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele

Located in Piazza Verdi, this Opera House is a piece of art itself. Many celebrations or “festas” are organized at this piazza full of restaurants and cafes.

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Le Quattro Canti

Located at the crossing of two of the main streets in Palermo: Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. This corner has four fountains that represent each station, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Next to these fountains is where my favorite church in Palermo is located: Chiesa Ipogea della Madonna della Provvidenza. Where I found the most moving spiritual experience. If you are in the area around 10AM stay for the mass of the very special long hair priest.

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Fontana Pretoria

Fountain designed by the Florentin sculptor Francesco Camilliani. Represents Gods and Goddess of mythology. It was so bold for the time that local nuns, in rage by the naked eccentricity sneak in one night and broke the noses of the marble statues. You can still see the failed reconstruction work in the faces of the sculptures. Fun to imagine old nuns helping each other to reach the faces of these marble Gods.

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The Street Market Ballarò

Located near Palermo station, in a local and not touristy neighborhood, this market takes place every day. Family run stands where you can find everything from fresh fish to cleaning products. Real experience for all senses.

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Porta Nuova

One of the historical entrance to Palermo, adjacent to Palazzo dei Normanni , near Palermo Cathedral

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Palermo Coast

Not for swimming, but great for unbelievable views of this majestic Island.

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Monreale 

It is not far from Palermo center, you can take a bus from Piazza Independenza in Palermo, near Palazzo dei Normanni directly to Monreale. This is a small town, with the most impresive panoramic view. It is so charming and historic I was surprised I never heard much of it. The pearl of this town is the Cathedral.

This amazing creation made of small mosaics so perfectly placed that it looks like the most smooth golden paint. It really gives you the feeling of being inside of a gold vault. Extremely detailed ceiling, walls and flooring.

It worth the 30 minutes trip, no doubt.

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Agrigento

This town is in the South coast of Sicily. The biggest attraction of Agrigento is The Valei dei Tempi. A whole valley full of ancient Greek ruins. The ancient history mixed with the modern background of this beautiful city and the panoramic views of the sea make of this Sicilian city unique.

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Corleone

One of my favorites places in Italy. A hidden town, worldwide known “infamously famous” for Coppola’s master piece “The Godfather”. You can hear the history of this incredible place whispering in your ear. The secrets of the Cosa Nostra hidden in every corner in Corleone. Unforgettable.

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Cefalù

A beach town near Palermo. Short train ride from Palermo main train station costs about Eur 6. Climb to the Rocca and find the ancient Tempio di Diana. Gorgeous city center, very lively town.

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Food

Arancine and Cannoli are some the local specialties, but all food is Sicily is amazing. Please eat local food, you won’t regret it. Some of the best food I have tried in my life.

These are the two highlights in Palermo:

*Gelateria Al Cassaro: via 90133, Via Vittorio Emanuele, 214, Palermo, Italy

*Pizzeria Mounir:  Via Giovanni da Procida, 19, 90133 Palermo, Italy

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