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Palermo’s Gallería d’Arte Moderna

Great Hotels in Palermo We had been in Palermo for over two months by the time we finally got around to visiting its Gallery of Modern Art. I don’t know what kept us; perhaps the over-abundance of things to do in the city, perhaps a personal aversion to modern art. But upon finally visiting the […]

The Florentine Fountain of Piazza Pretoria

One of the most photographed objects in Palermo is the giant, snow-white fountain in the Piazza Pretoria, just southeast of the Quattro Canti. The fountain sits in front of City Hall and has become a symbol of governmental corruption. Disgust with Palermo’s legendary malfeasance, in addition to the fountain’s abundant nudity, are the two reasons […]

The Monsters of Villa Palagonia

Bagheria Impressions Without a doubt, the top touristic sight in the town of Bagheria is Villa Palagonia. A architectural masterpiece and ode to eccentricity, this building is most famous for its flock of “monsters”: an army of gargoyles who adorn the garden walls. The house was built in 1715, and immediately hailed as an architectural […]

Villa Giulia and the Orto Botánico

Botanic Gardens We Have Visited In Other Cities: Valencia & Buenos Aires Green oases of tranquility found at the south-eastern end of Palermo’s historic center, the twin parks of the Villa Guilia and Orto Botánico provide much-needed places of relaxation and quiet in the otherwise hectic city. Since they’re side-by-side, we decided to visit both […]

Palermo’s Cathedral

Buy Italian Pasta Online Here Whether winding through the narrow alleys of Il Capo, or pushing past tourists along the claustrophobic Vittorio Emmanuele, the massive Cattedrale di Palermo appears suddenly and always comes as a shock. Originally built in 1185 by the Normans, the cathedral has undergone centuries of additions and displays a variety of […]

The Quattro Canti

Please Like Us On Facebook The uneven, twisting alleyways which dominate the ancient center of Palermo are charming, but a navigational nightmare. Funny, then, that the dead center of the historic district is an impeccably laid-out intersection, and one of Europe’s earliest examples of urban planning. Palermo’s main thoroughfares, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via […]