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Palermo, Sicily

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A vibrant mix of Arabic cuisine, Spanish style streets and Italian history, Palermo, the enchanting capital of Sicily, is waiting to be explored. Fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Palermo in just over an hour with easyJet and explore the grandeur of the old town and the incredibly preserved Roman ruins that line the shores of this European city.

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Palermo bathes in sun throughout the summer, when temperatures hit 27 °C. The dry Mediterranean climate makes Palermo one of the warmest cities in Europe, with the average annual temperature being 18.5°C. The wettest month is usually November, with an average rainfall of 130mm. The capital has its own version of the Sicilian language, known as Palermitano.

With a rich and diverse culture, Palermo is the economic and tourism capital of this small Italian island and attracts tourists from around the world. Located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, Palermo is home to a busy port; the city has always been a crossroads of civilization. Absorbing aspects of cultures from its colourful past, there is plenty to do and experience.

In the crescent bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, explore the mosaics at Monreale, the sun-worshipping beach of Mondello and the bustling markets and bazaars. If you’re a lover of art, make sure you check out the incredible architecture of the city’s churches and cathedral. Palermo Cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is particularly exquisite. It was first built as a church in 1185 and was finally completed in the 18th century.

For a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Palermo city centre, head to Giardino Garibaldi. Home to the oldest tree, standing tall at 150 years old, and the garden features a number of exotic plants. Enjoy an espresso in the beautiful oasis that is the Giardino Garibaldi.

The Palazzo dei Normanni, or Royal Palace of Palermo, is a must-see for all tourists visiting Palermo. Now the Sicilian Regional Assembly, the former palace is the oldest royal residence in Europe and was once where the rulers of the Kingdom of Sicily called home.

Eat Out in Palermo

Thanks to the nature of Palermo, Sicilian food is influenced by Greek, Spanish, French and Arab flavours and style. If you’re dining out in Palermo, you should expect to enjoy antipasti, an important aspect of Sicilian cuisine, and may include caponata, an eggplant based starter, or gato di patate, a kind of potato and cheese pie. Pasta in Sicily dates back to around the 12th century and can be enjoyed almost anywhere in Palermo. A favourite dish among locals is Spaghetti ai ricci, an intensively flavoured dish is made with sea urchin. If you’re looking for a restaurant in Palermo worth its weight in Spaghetti, we would suggest visiting Quattro Venti Comfort Food, for Sicilian inspired food with a modern flare.

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you’ll be glad to know that candy in Sicily is big business and was heavily influenced by the Arab candy makers in the 9th century. Marzipan fruits invented in the 14th century are still enjoyed today, so be sure to pick some up on your holiday.

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