Arancina Under The Trees
The neoclassical buildings set the entrance to the Botanical Garden, home to over 12000 species of plants, natives or tropical.
Just as the Sicilian people is the result of such complex layering of dominations, so it Palermo Catheral is a fascinating mix of architectural styles.
Eat at Caffe del Kassaro.
From the outside Caffe del Kassaro looks like a bar, as it name suggests, but walk past the first room and you will find a typical Sicilian restaurant, with many locals having their lunch break. Waiters are nice and polite and meals start from 6euros (Mon-Sat 7a-3p)
Over The Hidden River
If you like live music (especially manouche) Borderline is the place for you. The space is narrow (it a tunnel between via Materassai and Piazza Fonderia) and when theres a lot of pople it is not easy to stand and enjoy the music, but the atmosphere and the underground river that flows under your feet will convince you to grin and bear. They often do vegan dinner too. And try their artisanal beer!
A Concentrate of History
The area between Piazza Bellini, Piazza Pretoria and Quattri Canti is the core of the historic centrel within the range of 200 meters you can walk through a cross section of total history.
Great Place of Knowledge
The Archivio Storico Comunale in a little side street at via Maqueda 157, is a wonderful and mostly unknown place, even to Palermiatans. The institute keeps seven centuries of city documents, and the architecture of the magnificent Great Hall designed by Guiseppe Damiani Almeyda stands out. The spiral staircase leads to the highest galleries and four large wooden winches are proudly displayed.
KM 0 Food in ancient Stables
Km 0 food grows in local farms and is consumed locally, skipping chains of transport. Housed in the fascinating stables of Palazzo Cattolica. Meals from 10euros.
The Steri, now a University, was the seat of the Inquisition in 1600. In the underground prisons, graffiti was brought to light, describing the prisoners dark days. Where the executions were held, in Piazza Marina an enormous Ficus tree grew that’s the oldest and largest of Italy. On Sunday mornings the piazza is used for a flea market (amoung the many kitch items you might find a few precious rarities), while at night it acts as a social hub.