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What to do and see in Palermo

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Palermo is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, with many examples of past civilizations. The heyday was reached under the Arab rule; known as the “city of delights”, he became one of the richest and most prosperous cities of the Mediterranean, with beautiful gardens, mosques and magnificent palaces. From encounter with the Norman culture, was born the “Arab-Norman style”. The examples are the Cathedral, an imposing building that holds within it the imperial and royal tombs, the Norman Palace with the Palatine Chapel full of mosaics and decorations and the Church of St. John of the Hermits, on which stand out five red domes. The city offers many other opportunities: from the visit to the historic districts of Palermo immersed in the folk tradition, markets like the Vucciria and Ballarò where you can sample the gastronomic specialties Arabic, and the Parco della Favorita and the Garden of Garibaldi. The Church of Santa Cita and the Oratory of the Rosary of St. Cita, are both rich and beautiful of stucco decorations; the Church of Martorana is very impressive for mosaics kept inside. Without forgetting the visit to the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, the largest Italian opera, expression of Art Nouveau and the Marionette Museum, the famous Sicilian puppets. In the rest of the province there are among the most famous tourist destinations of the island the small village of Bagheria with its stately homes of the ‘700 as Villa Valguarnera, Villa Palagonia and Villa Cattolica houses the Museum Guttuso. In San Cipirello there is the settlement of Mount Jato, the oldest archaeological site of the island with the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite. The beach of Mondello is very beautiful like that Cefalu, with its magnificent Norman Cathedral and the Museum Mandralisca with many artistic and archaeological finds.

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