I would be pleased and honored to guide you through the most authentic place in Italy. I look forward to guiding you.
Palermo, the Sicilian capital, is a mystery for locals, with its unique history and architecture. The streets of Palermo are full of contrasts: they seem like oriental bazaars, where you can get good street food, yet they also seem like the prosperous center of the Norman civilization, with luxury castles and palaces. In the medieval times, Palermo connected Europe and Africa, and cooperated with both the Muslim and Christian worlds. Thanks to the presence of controversial cultures and traditions, the old Phoenician colony “Zyz,” meaning a flower in its full blossom, flourished for centuries.
The first parliament in Italy was established exactly in Sicily. The Parliament is the splendid Palatine Chapel, richly decorated with Byzantine mosaics, representing the detailed scenes more sinned against than sinning.
We will go on a promenade through the Royal Garden, used only by the Sicilian kings for hunting. We will see the the second pearl of the Sicilian capital, the cathedral with a sundial meridian, as well as the relics of Saint Agatha and the unique Mary the Virgin, signed by Francesco Laurana, and the funeral monument of Giuseppe Puglisi, the 20th century martyr.
We will pass through small medieval streets with handcraft boutiques, making our way to the Pretoria Fountain, called “The Shame” by locals, due to the emphasis of naked figures crowned by the Genius of Abundance.
I introduce travelers to the area called ‘Kalsa,’ with the story of the Holy Inquisition and the Inquisition Of Appeal. Learn about the secret brotherhood that granted life and freedom to the chosen one once a year. I will also tell you the story of Oratorio of Saint Lorenzo, from where the canvas of Caravaggio was stolen more than 50 years ago. I tell tourists that sooner or later, the canvas, “The Nativity,” by Caravaggio, would be back as it never leaves the island.
During our tour in Palermo, we will also stop for Palermitano coffee and traditional sweet, cannolo siciliano in the antique café.
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