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Palermo, the gateway to Sicily

Once a mafia battlefield, Palermo now is cool and charming

By Vanessa Costa (text and photos)

After visiting the main cities of Italy, I was missing the Italian islands and Sicily was on my radar as a priority destination. Finally this year I was lucky enough to go to Palermo with an architect friend who had been to the city before and wanted to return. We stayed for 7 days in Palermo, long enough to know the city, but not to know the island. Palermo is just the gateway. Unesco World Heritage site with a cultural heritage influenced by the Greeks, Romans and Arabs, Palermo has a monumental architecture, as well as beautiful historic villages and nearby beaches to refresh your body and soul.

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