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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15 - 95131
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Palermo is the capital of Sicily and the fifth largest city in Italy. It has always enchanted tourists from all aver the world with the charm of its position in the middle of the Mediterranean, the mildness of its climate, and the splendour of its buildings. Palermo old city centre contains over 500 palaces, churches, convents, and monasteries, plus seven theatres. Traditionally divided into four separate quarters, the old city has its centre in the octagonal Piazza Vigliena (better known as Quattro Canti di Città).

Palermo main attractions:

Teatro Massimo – The Massimo Theatre and opera house is one of the major European theatre. It is the work of the architect Giovan Battista Basile, who began the construction il 1875, and his son, Ernesto, who completed it in 1897, The interior is decorated and embellished with works of art by Civiletti, Rutelli, Ugo; the magnificent main hall provides seating for 1,500 people arranged in a gallery and five tiers.
Quattro Canti – The Four Screens constructed between 1608-1620, during the Spanish period as the centre of the city and convergence of the four district. Each one is adorned with three statues representing the four seasons, the four Spanish viceroys and the four patron saints.
Piazza Marina – Palazzo Steri – The vaste Piazza Marina, occupied at the centre by the Giardino Garibaldi with its magnificent ficus magnoliodes, contains innumerable wonders: the curch of of S. Maria of the miracles built in 1547 attributed to F.Gagini; the Curch of S.Maria della Catena is a syntesis of Catalan Gothic and Renaissance styles.
The Palazzo Steri was built in 1307 by Manfredi 1st of the noble Chiaramonte family; in 17th century it was the seat of the Inquisition.
Orto Botanico – Founded in 1875 as a project by Leon Dufourry and Venanzio Marvuglia, the Botanical Gardens are amongst the most interesting in Europe owing to their richness and the abundant examples derived from a wide variety of vegetation types wich grow throughout the world.
Stazione Centrale – The main railway station.
Palazzo Reale - Cappella Palatina – At the centre of the old city the Royal Palace eas the residence ot the emirs, then the Norman Kings and Spanish Viceroys, and fro 1947 the seat of the Regional Sicilian Assembly. The palace houses the magnificent Cappella Palatina, started in 1130 and enriched with splendid mosaics.
Cattedrale – The magnificent cathedral Madonna Assunta, at one time a basilica, then a mosque, conserves a rich heritage. The presbytery, the altar and the dome house the best of the various cultures that have followed one another and integrated themselves in Sicily. The treasury located in the crypt includes precious objects from the royal and imperial tombs and sacred relics.
Mercato Vucciria – Along via Roma in the area of the famous Vucciria market stands the Curch of S. Domenico (1640) one of the most sumptuous buildings of the palermitan baroque style

Giardino Inglese  –Built between 1850 and 1853 according to the typical pattern of English Gardens
Villa Malfitano – Built as residence of Joseph Whitaker in 1885 in neo-renaissance tuscan style
Castello della Zisa – Zisa Castle built originally (1165-1167) as the summer residence of the Norman kings;, this is a supreme example of Fatimid architecture.
Mercato del Capo – The Capo market extends between S. Agostino street and Porta Carini, you can find goods, clothes useful object for the house.
The Massimo Theatre and opera house - is one of the major European theatre. It is the work of the architect Giovan Battista Basile, who began the construction il 1875, and his son, Ernesto, who completed it in 1897, The interior is decorated and embellished with works of art by Civiletti, Rutelli, Ugo; the magnificent main hall provides seating for 1,500 people arranged in a gallery and five tiers.

 
 
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