How to spend a weekend in Palermo: where to stay and what to do in the Sicilian capital; iNews

Italy – Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale

Cultures collide in the historic Sicilian capital where you’re never more than a few feet from tempting street snacks, a stunning church or a refreshing ‘aperitivo’

When to go Once a rich Mediterranean power, Sicily has been invaded by just about every neighbouring state, leading to a heady mix of Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman and Spanish (and more) influences in its food, buildings and outlook on life. Its capital Palermo, founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century and awarded Unesco World Heritage Site status in 2016, wears its own rich history well. It’s a year-round destination, but the hottest (and therefore busiest) months are June to September. This year Palermo is the Italian City of Culture, and will also host the 12th Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, from 16 June to 4 November (m12.manifesta.org). Accordingly, there is a host of events planned. For more information, see turismo.comune.palermo.it

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