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The Castle of Donnafugata detail Ragusa Sicily Italy
A glimpse on Ballaro near Palermo Italy
Palazzo Reale Palermo Sicily Italy
Corso Vittorio Emanuele detail in Palermo Italy
 Palermo Opera House Sicily Italy
Capo market Palermo Sicily Italy
Cassata cake Sicily Italy
View on the rocky coast near Palermo Italy
Sperlinga Castle in Enna Sicily Italy
Falconara Castle in Gela Sicily Italy
Roadside shrine in Procida Sicily Italy
Local band playing in Palermo Sicily Italy
Detail on the mullioned window decorations Palermo Italy
Lo Spasimo interior in Palermo Sicily Italy
Weekly market in Palermo Sicily Italy
Local market in Palermo Sicily Italy
Performance of the Sicilian Pupi Palermo Italy
Villa Giulia and Botanic Garden Palermo Sicily Italy


Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, rises up in a beautiful bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino, on the northern coast of the island. It was originally called Panormos, or "port" in Phoenician times. The town prospered under the Romans, but its golden age was under Arab domination, when it rivaled Cordoba and Cairo in beauty.

Later, Palermo became the capital of the Norman kingdom. Today, very little remains of the fabulous city of bygone times, but the Middle Eastern influence can still be seen in the architecture of the churches, the many alleys in the old town, and the markets.

Another age of splendor, the Baroque period (17th-18th centuries), left a lasting mark on the city's civic and religious buildings.


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