Palermo, Sicily


Palermo is Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2018. 
Despite its beauty, Palermo is much less well known than the likes of Rome, Venice and Florence.  At one time or another, this Italian city was under the occupation of invaders including the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracen Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians, the French and the Spanish Bourbons. The city has one of the most checkered histories in Europe. In the historic center of Palermo this can lead you to Norman churches, chapels with exquisite Byzantine mosaics, Baroque palaces, busy outdoor markets, Capuchin catacombs with more than 8,000 mummies, and Italy’s largest opera house.
The Cappella Palatina, or Palatine Chapel, is an extraordinary blend of Norman, Byzantine and Arab art, and a few streets away is the castle of La Zisa, built for a Norman king by Arab craftsmen.

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