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Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Opera House
“Il teatro massimo Vittorio Emanuele di Palermo è il più grande edificio teatrale lirico d'Italia, e uno dei più grandi d'Europa, terzo per ordine di grandezza architettonica dopo l'Opéra National di Parigi e la Staatsoper di Vienna. ENGLISH LINGUAGE The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele in Palermo is the largest lyrical theater building in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe, third by architectural order after the Opéra National in Paris and the Vienna State Opera.”
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Park
“The Reserve is stunning both in summer and winter. Bird watching, snorkeling in the rocky side of the beach, hiking or just have the best swim in the best water!”
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Other Great Outdoors
“Situated between Scopello and San Vito lo Capo it was supposed to be a national road but luckily it did not happen and it was created a natural reserve. A true paradise rich in Mediterranean macchia, flora and small fauna. Don't miss the wild white sandy beaches, know as Calette. Recommend for hiking and nature lovers.”
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Church
“The Cathedral of Palermo was founded by Gualtiero Offamilio, archbishop of the town from 1169 to 1190. It was a mosque in Islamic times and converted into a cathedral church by Roberto the Guiscardo after the conquest of Palermo. Its exclusive elements are the inlays and the architectural and sculptural plastic that reflects the penetration of Romanic art and the first Gothic decorative taste in Sicily, expanding the spectrum of the Arab-Norman syncretism with new elements in an original and multiple composition and exhibition of the Mediterranean arts. The building underwent a late-eighteenth-century renovation carried out on a project by Ferdinando Fuga. This period dates back to the Norman-Swabian royal and imperial sarcophagi in the first two chapels of the right aisle, where the remains of Roger II and his daughter Constance, of Emperor Henry VI, of Frederick II and his wife Costanza D’Aragona are preserved.”
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Point of Interest
“It is one of the most outstanding examples of Greater Greece art and architecture, and is one of the main attractions of Sicily as well as a national monument of Italy. The area was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1997.”
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Italian Restaurant
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“The Royal Palace of Palermo (11th-12th centuries) is the main monument to represent the wealth and political and cultural power of the Norman kingdom, a model of Arab-Norman architecture. An ancient Islamic Castrum erected on pre-existing Punic origins, from 1072 it became the residence of the Norman sovereigns. Its Torre Pisana (second quarter of the 12th century) is a unique example of a fortified tower, similar to those of the Norman donjon, whose plan is similar to ifriqeni Islamic models. La Joharia (mid-12th century) includes Sala dei Venti and Sala di Ruggero. The Sala dei Venti, or of the four columns, derives its architecture from the durqa'a, the inner courtyard of the Islamic ifriqeni and Fatimid palaces. It is preserved intact and is in fact one of the best preserved examples of this architectural typology in the medieval Mediterranean. Sala di Ruggero is characterized by impressive mosaics that cover the walls and the cross vault with profane, hunting and paradisiac scenes. The mosaics of Stanza di Ruggero, together with the fragments preserved in the Pisan Tower and the mosaic panel of Sala della Fontana in Palazzo della Zisa, are rare examples of profane decorations, distinguished by the significant presence of figurative elements derived from Islamic and Sassanid culture.. A widespread genre in the Byzantine courtly world of which today there are no traces except in historical sources.”
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Museum
“This site is at only 20 min. from Trapani and it is included in all the itineraries of Sicily. Here lived the Elymians, one of oldest tribes of Sicily. The temple was not completed but it still looks great especially at night, when you can see it lit up. At the top of hill, you will find a beautiful theatre that hosts representation at summer.”
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Museum
“An impressive old Greek amphitheater, and quarry including the ear of Dionysis. Well worth a visit.”
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Other Great Outdoors
“A beautiful place, savage, pristine nature! It's better to go there in spring or in autumn, the walk is a little bit hard when it's hot weather.”
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Volcano
“Definitely a must-see when you're in Catania. We have the in with a great tour company. Just ask, we can hook you up.”
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Island
“Ortigia is the ancient part of Syracuse, it's an island, but merged with the town through two bridges. Many ages stay in this island... Greek period, Roman period, Medieval period, Baroque period... A wonderful place to see... A few minutes walking from home!”
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Historic Site
“It's human built art and nature and history could experience in one place: music; modern, zazz, classics and theatre; greek tragedies,modern and dance; modern, classics ect. ”
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River
“Immersed in nature and surrounded by mountains, this park perfectly represents the Sicilian side that goes beyond beaches and monument. Easily reachable from the motorway Catania-Messina, the Gorges of Alcantara river are stunningly set among rocks, with very clear (but also very cold!) waters where you can immerse your feet.”
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Theatre
“ Il Teatro Politeama Garibaldi (con la parola Politeama si intende un generico teatro dove si danno rappresentazioni di vario genere, e pertanto è improprio utilizzarla per riferirsi nello specifico a detto Teatro) si trova sulla Piazza Ruggero Settimo (a sua volta usualmente denominata Piazza Politeama) al centro di Palermo. / The Politeama Garibaldi Theater ( the word Politeama means a generic theater where different kinds of performances so therefore it is improper to use it to refer specifically to the Theater) is located on Piazza Ruggero Settimo (in its usually called Piazza Politeama) in the center of Palermo. The name comes from the Greek "πολι" (many) and "θέαοαμαι" (look, watch).”
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Park
“Etna is great for hiking and viewing the volcano, and there are restaurants too. Skiing is possible in the winter. Go properly equipped with boots and warm clothes even in summertime! ”
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Sublocality Level 1
“The nearest beach is Mondello and you can reach it by bus. To reach Mondello's beach take bus line 101, 102 or 124 from via Roma to Piazza Castelnuovo (commonly called Piazza Politeama) and then from there take bus line 806 to Mondello. ”
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