What to do and see in Palermo
Born under the name Zyz, which mean Flower, the city of Palermo is now to be a worthy representative of the entire sicilian beauty that many have not yet had the pleasure to (re)discover.
Here is a list of 9 things to do, and see, in the beautiful capital of Sicily:
If you love theater, go immediately in Piazza Giuseppe Verdi and let yourself be surprised by the largest theatrical structure at national level and the third largest after the Paris Opera and the Vienna Staadtsoper.
Known worldwide especially for the impeccable acoustics inside his room in the shape of a “horseshoe”, was created to accommodate 3,000 visitors, despite today, according to the safety regulations, the number has been decreased to 1300.
Are you curious to climb the stairway to the sides which there are two majestic bronze lions and discover this structure with your eyes?
So you just know that from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 to 17:00, at a cost of only 8 Euros you can have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour (in a foreign language) of the length of half an hour;
2THE FOUR MARKETS
Capo (behind Teatro Massimo), Ballarò (near Central Station), Vucciria (not far from the Cathedral) and Borgo Vecchio (not far from the port), represent the Palermo where time forgot to slide.
It is precisely the ruined palaces and the ancient walls as a backdrop to each of them, almost as if the city itself wanted to welcome you to a piece of history, gradually leading you in the traditions and in those that are already present in the same markets past centuries in the exact ways in which we can still admire them.
Sellers have changed, changed the goods, times have changed and yet prices continue to be written on the wood and smells continue to be those who have always been, as if the wind had never tried to take them away with him all these years ;
3CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY VIRGIN MARY ASSUNTA
And once outside the Vucciria, why not take a leap and go to admire the Cathedral from the tormented history?
It was built for the first time around the IV century, but vandals destroyed it and the first building we did not get anything.
In 604 it was decided then to dedicate to the Virgin Mary of the Assumption a new temple, but also what was destroyed, leaving, however, this time, only a crypt; but you know that the third time is always good, so in the last two decades of the 1100s, at the request of the Archbishop Offamilio, was born the Cathedral "final", that due to force majeure was repeatedly subjected to restorations and even if the 'interior was not preserved as it was originally created, the building remains, to this day, one of those places where you cannot miss to visit if you pass through Palermo;
Whatever anyone says, Italy (and Sicily in particular), in the kitchen is unbeatable!
But if you really do not feel like wasting time going to the restaurant, do not buy yourself a classic sandwich with ham at the supermarket, and you dare to eat for a day by real palermitano!
Then outputs those delicatessens that give you what you find everywhere, and go enjoy panelle (fritters), crocchè (croquettes) and why not, even the famous "bread ca meusa" that never hurts!
5FONTANA DI PRETORIA - FOUNTAIN PRETORIA
"Why should I go see a fountain?" - Well ', if you're wondering, suffice it to say that in 1500 was commissioned by Don Luigi di Toledo, but in Florence; it was only a few years later, when it was learned that the owner had contracted numerous debts, the Senate in Palermo decided to buy it.
Piece by piece, the fountain was moved to the Sicilian capital where even today it as one of the finest of the boot; almost as beautiful as the famous Trevi Fountain;
6MUSEUM ANTONIO PASQUALINO
This museum takes its name from a surgeon who throughout his life he devoted himself to a theatrical form that seemed destined to become extinct: the work of Puppets.
Wooden puppets, variously decorated, a little less than a meter high and difficult to maneuver.
This work has been regarded as important by UNESCO to be the first Italian opera inserted between the Oral and Intangible Heritage of humanity; and it is thanks to museums like the one mentioned above, which is given to all the opportunity to see these works of art up close.
When? Every day:
Monday through Friday from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00, Saturday only from 09.00 to 13.00 and Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00;
7UNDERGROUND CEMETERY OF THE CONVENT OF THE CAPUCHIN
It may sound macabre and a show of bad taste, and instead these "catacombs" turn out to be a real attraction of the city.
With their eight thousand (and more) remains untouched by centuries thanks to favorable temperatures in the ancient embalming techniques, continue to attract tourists from all over, some also come from other countries, even to visit a place that, when was founded, in 1599, certainly did not believe that he had so much success among the living!
If you are among those who are interested, you can enjoy every day, including holidays, from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00 to 17.30.
The estimated cost for the ticket is only 3 euro.
Beware though, in the months between the end of October and the end of March, Sunday afternoon will be close ... after all, they too need a little rest, that’s right?
8PALAZZO DEI NORMANNI – PALACE OF NORMANS
Have you ever been in the royal palace oldest in Europe? Not you? And then what are you waiting for?
It was the residence of Roger II, and it was so modest that every room was possible to see at least a mosaic representing scenes of everyday life; even in the family chapel are typically Byzantine-style mosaics, and are considered among the most beautiful in the entire region.
Since 1947, then, this building has become nothing less than the seat of the Sicilian Regional.
As for the times when you can visit this place of such beauty and importance, the normal rules a bit more stringent.
You can access it from Monday to Saturday from 08:15 to 17:40; and Sundays, holidays, July 15 and September 4 from 08:15 to 13:00.
On 24 and 31 December, when there are holidays, the closing is scheduled for 15:00;
The chapel, however, on Sunday you can not access, but on Sundays from 09:45 to 11:15 and only to attend the function.
December 25 and January 1, the access is prohibited.
For institutional reasons but we must take into account that can be denied entry to the royal apartments unexpectedly.
As regards the cost, however:
From Friday to Monday + Holidays: full € 8.50, reduced € 6.50;
From Tuesday to Thursday + are closed when the royal apartments: full 7 Euros, reduced 5 Euros.
For all children under 18 years old and Italian citizens or EU, however, access is free;
A green oasis in the middle of the city.
Is designed by Giovan Battista Filippo Basile in the second half of the nineteenth century and is characterized mainly by the presence of different types of plants, many even exotic, and various sculptures, found throughout the garden.
An excellent opportunity to relax after seeing so much, ideal for families with children, that the park will be able to run freely, have fun and play between slides, swings and small rides.
A real breath of fresh air!
Dispelling the myth that then Palermo is "only bad things" and help this little "flower" to grow stronger and become more and more beautiful!