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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
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.
To get the full impact of the city’s culture, you must have a night at the opera in Palermo’s Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele. It’s the largest opera house in Italy, designed like an Ancient Greek temple, and where the final scene of The Godfather III was filmed. A shrine to the glitz of Palermo, its mass of glittering chandeliers, gilt and sumptuous velvet create an auditorium that oozes grandeur - add in the blinged-up locals and ladies waving fans as if in the 19th century, and you can just imagine what Palermo was like at the height of its glory.
Palermo has very beautiful museums full of wonderful art which are indicated in every tourist guide: Palazzo Abatellis, The Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo Riso, the Salinas Museum, the Diocesan Museum ... But, it's not these we want to talk about. Palermo also has some very interesting unconventional museums.