Palermo

Arrivederci, Palermo!

Our Sicily Book On Amazon Our first few minutes in Sicily were spent navigating the streets of Messina, after having arrived on a ferry from the Italian mainland. Honking cars, crazy motorbikes and messy urban lawlessness, it was an immediate taste of the chaos which would accompany our 91 days in Palermo; an antipasto to […]

Final Batch of Palermo Pictures

Great Hotels in Palermo Food, fire, trash, art and architecture; you get a little of everything on a random walk through Palermo. This city is a lot of things, but “boring” could never be considered one of them. Enjoy our last photographic impressions of Sicily’s hectic and beautiful capital city. –Car Rental in Palermo It […]

The Albergheria

The Albergheria is the oldest neighborhood in Palermo. This is where the Phoenicians founded the city, and it hosts the royal palace which all the city’s rulers have called home. Despite this rich history, today’s Albergheria is one of the most run-down sections of Palermo. Nowhere else is the juxtaposition of dilapidated housing and exquisite […]

The Palazzo Mirto

Top Travel Gear A sense of faded grandeur permeates Palermo. The stately old palaces which occupy nearly every corner are usually shuttered up, damaged beyond repair, or have been converted for use as art galleries. The Palermitano aristocracy must surely have resided in splendor, but they’ve long since left the scene, removing all trace of […]

A Month in the Casa del Bastione

On New Year’s Day, I was laying out on our rooftop terrace, taking in the sun, shirt off and pasta-stuffed belly proudly bared to the world. On January 1st. At some point, I realized that this was rather exceptional, and Palermo immediately picked up additional points in my mental “Favorite City” competition. After a couple […]

The Porta Nuova

We order our mini business cards here! Only in a city as ancient as Palermo could a construction known as the “New Gate” date from 1583. Found adjacent to the Norman Palace, the Porta Nuova is still the main entrance to the city center from the west. In general, Palermo isn’t the the most pedestrian-friendly […]

Knights, Princesses and Brutality at the Puppet Show

A Visit To Palermo’s Puppet Museum The art of puppetry has a long history in Sicily. Since the Middle Ages, puppet shows have been one of the island’s most popular forms of entertainment. Thanks to the advent of television and radio, the shows are less important than they once were, but Palermo still boasts a […]

Palermo’s Chinese Palace

Chinese Architecture There are two types of eccentrics: those you feel sorry for, and those you’re secretly envious of. The first kind are poor and fill their house with cats. They have crazy, stringy hair and scream obscenities at malicious neighbor kids. The second kind have the good fortune of being royalty and are able […]

The Teatro Massimo

Another Great Theater: The Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires After centuries of foreign occupation, Sicily enthusiastically joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1860. Finally free of the hated Bourbons, Palermo celebrated its allegiance to the new King Vittorio Emanuele by ordering a theater built in his honor. After thirty years of construction, the Teatro Massimo […]

The Church of San Cataldo

Music From Italy Three red domes immediately call attention to the tiny church of San Cataldo on Piazza Bellini, near the center of Palermo. A pristine example of Arab-Norman architecture, San Cataldo dates from 1160 and has survived into the present-day in a mostly original state. This church is the perfect sight-seeing activity for stressed […]