Palermo is the capital of Sicily, spread out at the foot of Mount San Pelegrino, and the largest port on the northwest coast. The city is often called an open-air museum that preserves the treasures of the Roman and Greek empires, as well as the heritage of the original Normans and Arabs.
Palermo’s seething energy manifests itself in everything – an endless stream of cars, brilliant fashionable hotels and restaurants, narrow streets, where residents from neighboring houses can easily say hello walking out onto the balcony, old fountains, a heap of architectural forms from different eras, in sirens of carabinieri cars chasing the mafia. Tourists either forever fall in love with this southern chaos with the smell of salty sea and oranges, or never come back here again.
Palermo is a city of palaces, churches and monasteries. What sins the locals wanted to repent by building so many houses of God, they know only. Continue reading