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What to eat


Palermo, famous all over the world for its street food, should not only be seen, it should also be "tasted"!

These are the most famous foods of our city:

"Pani cà meusa": in Italian "sandwich with the spleen". It is a sandwich filled with spleen, lung and trachea of ??veal boiled and then cut into thin slices, then fried in lard. There is a variant called "schietta" with only lemon, and the "maritata" one, topped with flakes of caciocavallo.

"Pane Panelle e Crocchè": panella is a small omelette made with chickpea flour, water and parsley, typical of the city of Palermo. Crocchè, on the other hand, are potato croquettes. Everything is placed inside a round sandwich.

"Arancina": it is perhaps the most famous food in the city. It is a fried rice ball filled with minced meat or butter. Lately, several variations have emerged, but we always recommend going classic!

"Cannolo": typical Palermo dessert, made up of a crunchy wafer filled with sweet ricotta, chocolate flakes and decorated with candied fruit. Unmissable!


Our beaches

Sicily offers 1500 km of coastline where you can find corners of paradise on sandy beaches and rugged coasts protected by cliffs. From the western to the eastern side you are spoiled for choice. Along the Sicilian coasts you will find equipped beaches, sandy beaches perfect for children, isolated and hidden beaches that you can reach with a trekking path.

Mondello: It is located a stone's throw from Palermo, between Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino, and in addition to being a wonderful sandy beach lapped by crystal clear water, it allows you to admire numerous Liberty-style villas, which are located nearby, as well as numerous archaeological sites, scattered throughout the island.

Scopello: A splendid scenography created by the stacks in front of an ancient tonnara, with suggestive gravel sand coves that open into the rocks overlooking the sea. A site suitable for diving and snorkeling, thanks to the transparency of the water.

San Vito Lo Capo: The beach of Santu Vitu is located in the north-western tip of Sicily: close to a mountain, the fine white beach contrasts with the dazzling blue of the sea. Do not miss a visit to the Museum of the Sea.

The history of our land

If we think of Sicilian culture and art, the grandiose Greek temples in Selinunte, Segesta and Agrigento and the Greek theaters of Taormina and Syracuse immediately come to mind. Thanks to its geographical position, Sicily has always played a mediating role between East and West, which is also reflected in Sicilian art. Phoenician, Arab and Byzantine monuments, excavations and works of art are found here alongside mosaics and Roman villas, Norman castles and cathedrals and entire Baroque cities.

PALERMO “The most beautiful and the largest metropolis in the world”. This is how the Arab historian Al-Idrisi (1099-1164 circa) describes Palermo. The splendor of Palermo began in 831 with the conquest by the Arabs and with its consequent election as the center of culture and development of the Mediterranean. The city, seat of an emirate, was home to countless mosques and residential palaces of the Muslim nobility. With the Norman conquest of 1072, Palermo became the most populous center after Constantinople. The Normans started a flourishing economic and cultural development and elected it as the capital of the Kingdom. The fate of the island was ruled by Roger who was succeeded by William I (1154-1166) and then by his son, William II (1166-1189). In the cosmopolitan city they spoke Latin, Greek, Arabic, French and in those years, the vernacular began to be introduced through the songs and poems of the troubadours.
The witty policy of the Normans managed to adapt solid administrative and legal systems taking into account the various ethnic groups and cultures coexisting in Sicily. The advent of Frederick II marked an important cultural and political revolution for the city of Palermo. Among other things, the sovereign is responsible for having contributed to the birth of the Italian vernacular, thanks to the important poetic and literary production of those years. It is thanks to the "Sicilian Poetic School", born during the Federician reign, that the sonnet was born. With the death of Federico, the city loses its primary role in the Mediterranean basin. It was the Angevins (1266-1282) and then the Aragonese (1282-1409) who took over the fate of the city. With the Angevins begins a vexatious period for the nobility and the population and Palermo gives Naples the role of capital. Palermo arose in 1282 with the famous war of the Vespers and expelled the French from the island. Palermo is now in the Spanish orbit: first as a vassal kingdom and then, from 1409, as a direct domain of the Aragonese. The city slowly depopulated and underwent an involution and a period of stasis from the urban point of view. The nearly three centuries of Spanish rule marked the rebirth of the city: artists, plasterers and decorators were called and sumptuous monuments were erected (eg the Pretoria Fountain). The extension of the city was extended and the Cassaro extended to the sea. After a brief period of Savoy and Austrian domination, the Spaniards, with Charles III, returned to govern Sicily no longer as a vassal state of Spain but as an autonomous state of the kingdom of Naples. The nobility built marvelous palaces and palaces. Thanks to Ferdinand IV, scientific studies were encouraged and the majestic botanical garden in via Lincoln was established, among others. In September 1866, the city was the scene of bloody anti-government riots. Construction work began on the two main theaters in the city, the Massimo Theater and the Politeama Theater.