The dimensions of Palermo, make this Sicilian metropolis the largest city of the island and one of the most populated and culturally rich of the Mediterranean Sea.
Palermo has some regular layout with narrow streets, even the relatively important ones. If we add to this the different schedule of some of its main monuments, it is better to plan the visit ahead of time.
The itineraries or routes can be made through periods, artistic styles, or simply by proximity. As usual, the most convenient option is to wander and discover Palermo through the surprises hidden behind every corner.
Some of the most important places in the town are the Mosque of San Giovanni degli Eremiti and the chapel of the Norman Palace, or the square of Quattro Canti where two main roads of the city converge: Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda.
Down the sea we get to Palermo through Via Calatafimi, an eternal avenue that gives us an idea of the size of the city. On both sides (and poorly signposted as usually in Sicily), there are two very different and attractive visits. On the one hand, the Catacombs in the Capuchin Monastery, famous for their embalmed bodies. On the other hand, the Zisa, an Arabian architecture Norman palace that was the residence of the Norman kings who ruled Sicily from Palermo.
Following Calatafami we find Corso Porta Nuova, next to the Norman Palace, built in 1460 to open the main street of Palermo, Via Vittorio Emanuele. The palace has undergone several restorations, such as that after the earthquake that destroyed part of the city in 1696.
Down town we find Villa Bonanno, with Palazzo Sclafani of 1330 in one of its corners and San Giacomo Hospital on the right.
A leisure stroll through the city reveals the richness and the extend of the culture of those who inhabited these Italian lands. The visit to Palermo delights those who enjoy history, art, architecture and legends forgotten by time. In Palermo you can find countless corners full of history that speak of the many changes this beautiful part of Italy has undergone.
Mosque of San Giovanni degli Eremiti
The Norman Palace
Quattro Canti Square