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Category: Cities, Local time: 21:20:08, Address: Palermo, Italy, Official WWW website:

Palermo is the fifth largest city in Italy . It is located on Sicily, Italian island in the Gulf of Palermo. It is the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo. At present, it has a population of approximately 660,000.

History

The history of the city goes back to the Pleistocene Epoch. Then in 734 B.C. the Phoenicians built a settlement of Palermo in this locality. At that time, the town was a trading centre. The city of Palermo was seriously damaged during the Second World War.

Tourist attractions

Palermo is attractive for tourists due to its pleasant climate, gastronomy and historic monuments. One of the dominating features of Palermo is the building of Palermo Cathedral that was built in 1185. The other interesting places in Palermo are: Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti (from the 6th century) ; Church Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (built in 1151) ; Church of San Cataldo (built in 1160) ; Church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini (beginning of the 17th century) ; Church of Santa Teresa alla Kalsa (built between 1686 and 1706) ; Chiesa del Gesu (1564) ; Church of St. Francis of Assisi ( 1255–1277) ; Palazzo dei Normanni, the most beautiful Italian Palace; Palazzo Abatellis (end of the 15th century, now the regional gallery; and Museo Archeologico Regionale - one of the most important archaeological museums in Italy . There are other cultural centres in Palermo, such as the Massimo Theatre which was re-open in 1974 or the Politeama Theatre which was built between 1867 and 1874.

Tourist services

Palermo offers a variety of accommodation facilities. The basic offer is available HERE . There are lots of top quality restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. The surrounding area is believed to be a paradise for wine lovers - there are even special winery trails... Pleasant wine restaurants can be found in the central part of the city as well.

Transport

Palermo is easy to access by plane or by boat. There are two airports in Palermo, the international Palermo Airport, approximately 30 km far from the centre, and the Palermo-Boccadifalco Airport. The airports are accessible by train (from the railway station Palermo Centrale, Palermo Notarbartolo and Palermo Francia. To move around the city, you can use the Metropolitana di Palermo metro or you can take a taxi.

Pros

nice people
delicious meals
bustling destination
near the sea
mild climate

Cons

poor or deceitful service

Suitable for

shopping
history
nightlife
cruises
romantic vacation
study

Why to go there?

old&new architecture

Transportation and means of transport

air


Information and Facts

GPS: 38.1139, 13.3563
Altitude: 34 m
Last update: 2012-10-21 12:59:45

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