2) The 4 Canti and Piazza Pretoria
The 4 Canti each one of them adorned with fountains are considered the heart of Palermo, located at the intersection of Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Built in 1611 when Palermo was divided in four sections respectively Capo, Kalsa, Castellammare and Albergheria. A few meters away from the 4 Canti you will come across Piazza Pretoria (fountain of shame). It has been recently restored, this beautiful monument is a mixture of mythological monsters and nude statues.
3) La Martorana and San Cataldo churches
sicilian Parliament. Originally the phoenicians built a fort here, which was rebuilt by the romans and arabs. Don't miss the Palatina chapel! Mon-sat closes between 1 and 2 Sun 8:30-12:30
5) Cappella Palatina
his private chapel. The interiors are decorated with astonishing mosaic. I would definately reccomend
a visit. Tickets costs around 10 euro wich include a tour of the Palazzo.
The third biggest theatre in Europe is situated right in the city centre. This neoclassic building is
a masterpiece of Ernesto Basile who completed the work started by his father. A guided tour costs
around 5 euro.
An elegant, pleasent and relaxing italian garden with beautiful statues, fountains and a big variety of palm trees, orange trees, giant cactus etc.
Opening hours are 9am to 7pm, tickets are approximately 5 euro.
Monreale is a little town situated 5 miles southwest of Palermo. The Cathedral of Monreale contains the world's largest mosaic surface. To the right of the cathedral is located the cloister with its 228 twin columns decorated with mosaic.
Visit the treasury before climbing the 181 steps to the terrace with a fantastic view of Palermo.Free admission but a small price apply for the
Treasury and Terrace. Open daily 8-6.
9) Catacombe dei Cappuccini
One of the best catacombs to see. 8.000 bodies dating from the 16th to the 20th century in various stages of preservation. Some still have hair, eye lashes. An old tradition of the cappuccini monks.
Free admission but you have to give a small donation.
Open daily, closed between noon and 3pm.
Mondello and its beautiful beach is only a 15 min drive from Palermo.I would definately reccommend a visit in the week as usually at the week-ends hundreds of Palermitans will visit. I also reccomend to buy an ice cream from Renato Bar then sit in the Piazza by the fountain and enjoy the view and your ice cream of course!
I hope this post is going to help many of you and
as always comments are welcome!