PALERMO, SICILY, ITALY — THURSDAY, MAY 10: 8am – 5pm

Palermo asks that you live in the moment. Its geography is too fateful, its landscapes too beautiful, its culture too rich, its history too full of heydays and golden eras, its architecture too eclectic, its cuisine too laden with influences to plan a focused, high performance day in Palermo. The city is a riot of art, street life, architecture, food and fervor. So pick an area of the city, and explore. Visit the churches near the Norman Palace, for a sampling of exuberant structures spanning from Norman-Arab to Baroque times, and wander through the Ballaro street market, with its Arabic roots. Explore the maze of streets in the Vucciria market neighborhood. Head to the nearby hill town of Monreale to see its cathedral. The fusion of Arab, Byzantine, and Norman architectural styles, quality of workmanship and extensive and elaborate gold mosaics in the cathedral put it in its own class. Visit the Sicilian countryside to visit Greek ruins and sample traditional foods. Seize the day in Palermo.

EXCURSIONS / GENERAL INFO / WIKIPEDIA

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LOCAL TRAVEL SITE

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MAPS

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