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Playing in Palermo, Sicily
Playing in Palermo, Sicily
Cathedrals and Monuments—At the intersection of Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda you’ll find the Quattro Canti (Four Corners), the traditional center of Palermo and heart of the old city—most of the city’s monuments and churches are within walking distance. On the southeast corner of Quattro Canti is San Giuseppe dei Teatini church, a notable baroque church. The massive cathedral in Palermo is Santa Maria Assunta, but it’s usually just referred to as the Cathedral or Duomo. Inside is a museum containing the cathedral’s treasury. Admission to the cathedral is free; museum and/or tomb admission is €1 (or €2 for both). The Norman Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel are relics from the medieval age—admission is €6 to enter both.
Museums—The best museum in Palermo is arguably the Salina Regional Archeological Museum at Piazza Olivella. It offers an extensive collection of Phoenician, Greek, and Roman artifacts. Admission is €5; hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, but the museum may be closed on Monday. The Galleria Regionale della Sicilia (Via Alloro 4) is a medieval art museum. Admission prices and hours are the same as the archeological museum above.
Shopping—The closest shopping district to the cruise terminal (and within easy walking distance) is along the pedestrian thoroughfare Via Principe di Belmonte—it has plenty of upscale shops and cafes. More luxury goods can be had in the high-end boutiques and designer stores on Via Liberta. Via Roma and Via Maqueda are also good shopping areas. Palermo store hours are typically 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm—note, however, that most stores are closed on Monday mornings. To experience a Palermo street market, head to Via Roma for the Vucciria Market—you’ll want to get there early in the day to see it in full swing. Palermo souvenirs to watch for include marionnettes, embroidered items, and ceramics.
Dining—If you’re looking for lunch, you’ll find a wide variety of street vendors and cafes along the main avenues. What to eat? Palermo’s wood-oven pizza is very good—the local specialty is pizza Palermitana with anchovies, pine nuts, olive oil, and cheese. For something really unique, look for a street vendor selling babbaluci—savory, marinated snails! Or how about guasteddi (buns filled with bits of calf’s spleen, cheese, and hot lard)? Finish it all off with refreshing gelato (Italian ice cream) or granita (flavored ice).
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