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My Top 35 Palermo Tips

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Palermo is Sicily's regional capital city and this year it is enjoying being rewarded the Italian City of Culture 2018.

It is a vibrant city rich in history, culture, art, music and food. Numerous tourists are attracted to the city for its good Mediterranean year round weather, its renowned gastronomy and restaurants, its Arabic, Norman, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and historic buildings, its culture, music and nightlife. In fact, for cultural, artistic and economic reasons, Palermo is one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean and is now among one of the top tourist destinations in both Italy and Europe. The city is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the beauty of its Arab/Norman architecture and for the nearby Cathedral of Monreale. Palermo is also widely well known for its colourful and lively fruit, vegetable and fish markets in the heart of the city, known as Vucciria, Ballaro and Capo. Palermo also provides access to many great beaches.

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an afternoon in Palermo

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This year the city of Palermo is enjoying its status as the 'Italian City of Culture 2018'.

If you are a regular follower of my Blog you will already know that twice a year we drive between London and Sicily with our rescue dog Daisy. Part of our road trip involves taking a 20 hour ferry from Genoa to Palermo and vice versa. Friends and contacts in the Palermo area always exclaim "But why do you never stop to see us?" My answer is always;  The ferry arrives late in the evening and then we have a three hour onward journey home and then when departing you really do not want to see me on the day I leave Sicily as it involves a lot of tears and sobbing, not a pretty sight.

This year we decided that instead of moping around the house on our last day with sad faces that we would leave a few hours early and have a wander around Palermo with Daisy before boarding the ferry.

Palermo is the Capital City of Sicily. It is quite impossible to summarise the extraordinary charm of…