Following the visit to Palermo, Sicily, we will find many tourist destinations that are mixed with the rich history of the city. An amalgam of monuments that show centuries of occupation of this beautiful Mediterranean island.
At night it is essential to approach the Pretoria Square, near the famous Senatorial Palace, now the Town Hall and next to the Church of Santa Caterina. In the centre of the square Palermo’s youth congregate around the fountain Pretoria while tourists are photographed endlessly.
Leaving Piazza Pretoria we get to Piazza Bellini surrounded by the Old Theatre (now a pizzeria) and the beautiful church La Martorana Norman, along with the Church of San Cataldo.
Continuing down the street Vittorio Emanuelle Ariadna, browsing through shops, and taking charge of the heavy traffic of cars, bikes and pedestrians, we get to Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena). Cut by Via Maqueda, Emanuelle opens to a harmonious space where four concave facades of buildings XVIII make the square. It is difficult to take a picture of the square, however, it is worth engraving in your mind the shapes of the buildings representing the four seasons.
On the other side of Vittorio Emanuelle we find, between alleys, the fascinating Vucchiria market. It grew from the 10th to 12th centuries around the piazza Caracciolo and via Argenteria. The stalls of fruit, fish, meat, cheese, spices ... acquire a magical aura when night falls, traders switched their huge floodlights and the light is reflected in the red tent.
The cultural offering of the capital of Sicily is enriched with the Politeama and the remodelling of the Teatro Massimo in the nineteenth century. The Archaeological Museum of Palermo collects pieces of all kinds, focusing on the remains found in excavations throughout the island.
In the distance we can see Monte Pellegrino and the French style park Favorita at its feet, Palermo’s natural lung. If we go ahead we will find the cove and the beach of Mondello, place of rest and relaxation for the inhabitants of Palermo and its surroundings.