Palermo is like a great theater, with Arabic, Norman and Spanish influences. Then Greek temples, great nature, stunning coasts. Small islands, where time stood still and the sea is pure aquamarine. And a classical opera house for a last night to remember.
Palermo is the most amazing mixture of influences, tastes and flavors, decadence and joy of life that I've ever come across!
A Norman palace next to the Arabic Kalsa, market mongers chanting the prize of their ware like opera singers, quiet quarters with palm trees swaying, byzantine mosaics and even the "fountain of shame" all live together, all the opposite to quietly.
Here aromas boil over, colors scream and emotions break out in the open. Then we immerse in the majestic quietness of Greek temples and ferry over to the Egadi Island, where the rhythm is easy and bays are of colors never seen before.
A day on a boat, swimming in the turquoise water, an evening on a piazza, chatting and eating and drinking like the locals.
And finally back to Palermo through the coutryside, to one of Italy's most beautiful theaters, for an opera or a visit behind the curtains.
I'm sure you'll be amazed!