Palermo is a crossroads of history and culture; its ancient origins and the different cultures that have ruled this land have created a multifaceted city where the ancient and modern coexist.
It's lovely to explore Palermo with its people, by strolling and browsing through local markets: Vuccirìa, the oldest, Ballarò, one of the most famous, Borgo Vecchio, near the port, and the Flea Market in Perranni square.
Palermo can also be enjoyed at the table, through tasting the myriad flavors among market and local street food stalls: fritters, sfincioni, arancini, and fresh fish.
The city of Palermo maintains strong ties to the sea: one of the largest ports in Italy operates here, and fishing is still among the leading sectors of the local economy.
In Palermo you can combine a cultural vacation in a prestigious art city with seaside tourism, given its wealth of beautiful beaches and resorts, starting with the most famous coastline, Mondello, "the beach of Palermo."
Come see the cathedral, with the relics of Santa Rosalia, the deconsecrated church of San Giovanni of the Hermits, created on the foundations of an ancient mosque, the neoclassical Teatro Massimo,the piazzas of historic architecture, the shops, and the waterfront.