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Palermo leaves your senses in a daze. There’s the high-pitch chatter of the locals, car drivers honking, the buzz of scooters, the screeching pink of the oleanders that line the boulevards, the sky-blue of a Madonna’s robe in a roadside shrine, and bright colours of washing flapping from the balconies. There’s a surprise around every corner: the pungent aroma of strong coffee wafting from a bar in an alley, a chapel festooned with mosaics, street signs in mysterious Arabic lettering, or a towering marble statue over a fountain in the piazza – Palermo is truly somewhere where you’ll never be bored.
Main City Rome
Surface 158.9 km²
The city of Palermo has a very special relationship with its football team. Palermo's team is known throughout the world for their unique pink-and-black playing shirt. Spending a Sunday at the stadium can be a great way of keeping in tune with the city.
Located in an old palazzo overlooking the sea, Palermo’s Kursaal Kalhesa is a great place to hang out in the evenings. It’s an eclectic fusion of wine bar, restaurant, concert venue and bookshop, with an open-air terrace in the summer. You can grab a cocktail or sip on some grappa and enjoy the entertainment – it might be live jazz, rock, blues or rockabilly, or a photography show, some traditional theatre, or even a food tasting. And if you just want to kick back in elegant surroundings and enjoy some people-watching, it’s perfect for that too.
At a stone's throw from the Teatro Politeama in the centre of Palermo, a wide range of places have been open for a few months now, where you can taste something a bit different from Sicilian cuisine. If you're spending a little extra time in the city or want to try something new, there's the "food block": this area of town between via Libertà, via Isidoro La Lumia, via Archimede and piazza Ruggero Settimo is packed with places to eat.