A trip to Sicily wouldn't be complete without a tour of Palermo, the capital of the island, renowned for its history, culture, architecture and century-old culinary traditions. This city represents a melting pot of cultures: founded as a city-port by the Phoenicians between the 7th and 6th centuries BC, since the beginning has been an important commercial and cultural centre for the Mediterranean civilizations.
Palermo boasts many architectural works and monuments to admire. Seven of them are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the beautiful Norman Palace or the Martorana church that preserves its original Arab-Norman style with magnificent Byzantine mosaics, considered the oldest in Sicily. The imposing Cathedral of Palermo is another architectural treasure, symbol of Palermo, burial place for illustrious Palermitan personalities including Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of the city.
Palermo does not only reserve surprises in terms of history and architecture, but also from a natural and culinary point of view: the incredible delights of this city, and the breathtaking landscapes, will make your trip to Sicily unforgettable.