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Say, do, sea. Palermo is often talked about: a city full of history, overlooking an idyllic sea, where it is impossible to do nothing. This city also boasts fantastic traditional cuisine, which is always a bonus on a good trip, whether you're traveling for business or pleasure.
If you have heard even once about the Mondello area, the coastal area between Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo, why not take a trip there for a day of relaxation, rounded off with a chilled aperitif? In addition, if you love windsurfing this is where the Windsurf World Festival is held in the first two weeks of May.
There are so many seaside resorts to visit here, each with its own unique and special character, like the beaches at Cefalù, favored by the Palermo residents, as well as beaches from Salinelle to Lascari, which offer sandy alternatives to the rocky beaches.
PALERMO ON FOOT
Palermo is one of those cities that has to be explored on foot, due to the number of interesting places that are all within walking distance of each other. While wandering along Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele you can enjoy many of the city's main attractions, such as Palermo Cathedral with its unique mix of Norman, Saracen, Gothic and Baroque influences, and Piazza Pretoria, situated right in the center of Palermo. Continue on to the Norman Palace, also known as the Royal Palace, and its Palatine Chapel, whose mosaics have been listed among the finest in Italy.
Just outside Palermo city center is Monreale Cathedral, in the town of the same name, famous for its Arab-Norman style and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which attracts tourists and worshipers from all over the world.
After all that culture, it's time to visit the four markets (Vucciria, Ballarò, Il Capo and Borgo Vecchio) to enjoy an intoxicating sensory experience of colors and aromas.
A SERVING OF HISTORY
Palermo cuisine fully reflects the influences it has been exposed to during invasions throughout history. The spices and flavors of land and sea are perfectly fused to create a truly varied menu.
The highlights of Palermo's typical dishes include pasta with sardines, arancini (rice balls), squid ink pasta and “pasta ‘ncasciata”, a macaroni pie. As in any self-respecting maritime city, there are plenty of fish specialties, such as tuna with onion stew and stuffed sardines, but there are just as many flavors of the land, like eggplant caponata and Palermo rolls.
It is always the right time to visit Palermo, so what are you waiting for? Book an Alitalia flight and enjoy the delights that only this city can offer.