Palermo is the capital of the autonomous region of Sicily in Insular Italy. It rises up in a beautiful bay at foot of Pellegrino Mountain on the northern coast of the island. The city lies in a basin formed by the Rivers Papireto, Kemonia and Oreto and is surrounded by a mountain range, the mounts of which are called Palermo’s mounts. Nowadays the rivers are covered by the buildings erected during history.
Sicily was originally called ‘Panormos’ or ‘port’ in Phoenician times. Founded in 734 BC, the city is over 2,700 years old and is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy. The population of Palermo is around 1.2 million people. The languages spoken in the area are Italian and Sicilian.
Famous tourist destination
Palermo is a cultural, economic and touristic capital of the island of Sicily. A huge number of tourists are attracted to the city due to its good weather, delicious gastronomy, its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and buildings. It is a vibrant city which is adapted for tourists due to its large harbor and international airport.
Palermo has much to offer. There are many events and festivals in the city that take place throughout the year. The most important of them is the feast day of the city’s patron saint, Saint Rosalia. At the top of Pellegrino Mountain you will find the sanctuary dedicated to the saint. The mountain is over 600 meters high and dominates the backdrop to the city.
Palermo has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and cool and wet winters. It is one of the warmest cities in Europe with an average annual temperature of 18.5 C. Snow is rare here, but not impossible. The average annual temperature of the sea is above 19 C.
Location: The Island of Sicily
Nearby sights: Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina, Chiesa del Gesu, Cathedral of Palermo
How to get there: The Prestia e Comande Bus Service runs From/To Palermo daily
Nearby hotels: Bio Hotel Palermo, Alma Hotel, Hotel Porta Felice