Palermo is a beautiful city in Sicily, Italy and has an ever-changing character to it. This amazing city is full of museums, markets, baroque jostle and Arabian domes. Describing Palermo as a fascinating city does not even begin to do justice, as it’s somewhat like a completely different world from something you would normally see around the globe. With its own perfect style and flair, this city is definitely one of a kind. Palermo has hundreds of things to do, but when you only have one day, it can be difficult to look at your options and figure out what you want to do.
Walk the Via Vittorio Emanuele
Some of the best gems can be found here, and all you have to do is simply walk around. It’s home to the Palazzo dei Normanni, which is a Norman palace full of mosaic and home to the regional government of Sicily. While walking you will also be able to see all of the buildings that were built in the styles of Byzantine, Arab and Norman, which pays homage to the days when it was controlled by such regions. The Quattro Canti, or the Four Corners, are fountains and statues that can be found where the Via Maqueda and the Via Vittori Emanuele connect.
Vine & Co – Piazza Marina
If you’re big on wine then you simply will not want to miss this location, considering the fact that Sicily is one of the biggest wine producers in Italy. This location allows customers to fill a five litre jug full of either white or red wine and take it with you, no small plastic bottles.
This amazing building was constructed by the Normans during 1184 and added to later on by the Spaniards, an architect from Naples and the Goths. It stands in front of Via Vittorio Emanuele’s Duomo, which allows you to pin point the additions that were added over time by each individual groups, considering the styles don’t blend that well. Overall, this created an amazing architectural structure.
The Fontana Pretoria
Also known as the Fountain of Shame, this attraction was unveiled during 1575, and interestingly enough, citizens at that time thought this fountain to be very disgraceful, as it is located basically right between two of the churches that share Piazza Pretoria.
The Vucciria Market
There are a total of three openly aired markets to visit in Palermo, but this one is the best, considering it’s over 700 years old and shoppers both tourist and local absolutely love it. Dulce and Cabbana sunglasses as well as Prado handbags are just a few of the knock-off designer brands that can be found here, as well as fresh produce, household items, spices, cheeses and meats. This part of the city is also one of the more Arabic sections, and is open Monday through Sunday usually until 2:00 PM.
A day in Palermo will show you just how amazing Italy can be, especially when there is so much to do in walking distance.