A European destination on the rise, the island state of Sicily offers a stark contrast of decay and grandeur. Divided into an old quarter with a Middle Eastern feel and the modern city, which has been likened to Paris, Palermo was Europe’s grandest city in the 12th Century. However, you must be prepared to explore to find the city’s treasures which are hidden rather than put on show for tourists.
You can take the time to discover Palermo onboard the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus, Segway or your own two feet. Try not to miss the Fontana Pretoria, dubbed the ‘Fountain of Shame’ due to the nudity it portrays. And when you’re hungry, feast on some of Italy’s best street food at the bustling markets of Ballarò, Il Capo, and the legendary Vucciria.
Perhaps most importantly, Palermo is known for its sophisticated wines. Visit Vinoveritas and be spoiled for choice with 3000 Italian and international varieties. When it comes to accommodation, unassuming, independent hotels are the rule, not the exception, in Palermo.