Nowhere is Sicily’s exciting past more evident than in its capital city. Originally Phoenician, then a Carthaginian colony, built on a natural harbour and beneath the towering Monte Pellegrino, its setting is as dramatic as its chequered history.
At the heart of the city is the Baroque Quattro Canti (Four Corners), which divides the historic centre into four parts, all of which are accessible, on foot, from here.
Wherever you go, around every corner, behind every decaying façade, there are wonderful things to discover – Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, mediaeval, Baroque, Art Nouveau – in a maze of time and style.
Palermo hints at the mystery of its way of life, with an atmosphere, which excites and feels exotic. It is a truly enthralling city.