Famous throughout the world, Palermo is the regional capital of Sicily and the fifth largest city in Italy. It is a city with a thousand faces: loud but elegant, eclectic and never dull. It is well regarded for its architectural beauty, its traditions and its people, which continue to enchant thousands of visitors every year from all over the world.
Palermo was historically called the “Kingdom of the Sun” by the Normans, who invaded the city in the 12th century. Throughout history, it has been a cultural melting pot, and you can enjoy Phoenician and Greek influences, as well as Roman, Byzantine and Norman traditions in modern-day Palermo.
In 2018, the city basked under the banner of the Italian Capital of Culture, which saw the pretty waterfront regenerated. Indeed, it is no surprise to anyone familiar with Palermo why the city was chosen, as it is decorated with magnificent buildings, several cathedrals, bustling piazzas and intriguing fountains. Popular attractions include the 12th-century Palermo Cathedral, which houses royal tombs, the neoclassical Teatro Massimo where you can enjoy opera, Palazzo dei Normanni in the center and Cappella Palatina, where you can see intricate Byzantine mosaics.
With so much to see and do in the city, Palermo is surely a must-see on your personalized Sicily vacation.