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Visitors' Guide to Palermo
Palermo, one of the more popular cities in Sicily and where Mafia originated, has much to offer its visitors. Which city offers you great waves, olives, fantastic citrus, wines, delicious sweets, citrus, wines and art. Palermo does. With moderate temperature throughout the year, any time is a good time to visit Palermo.

For art enthusiasts, the Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele, an opera house located on the Piazza Verdi showcases world class ballet, opera and concerts from October to May. When Teatro Massimo is closed from June to September, Teatro Verdura in Viale Del Fante is the alternative open air venue for these artistic performances. The Festival of Pupi is held during the month of November.

For waves enthusiasts, visit Palermo during the Merit Cup Windsurf World Festival to witness awesome windsurfing which will take your breath away. To honor its patron saint, Santa Rosalia, a yearly festival is held from July 9 to 15 where musical performances portraying the life of the saint are held ending with a procession to the foot of Mount Pellegrino.

Visitors can buy local handicraft and produce at the Borgo Vecchio and Vucciria. You'll be under watchful eyes and you are advised to be watchful of your belongings as well. The locals are generally friendly and helpful. Local handicraft would include the Pupi (Sicilian Marionette) and the Sicilian Cart.

Another must try or buy is the local sweets. I have not been able to better define the word 'sweet' since. You'll be tempted to bring home their pre-packed colorful sugar coated fruits and sweets. Of course, don't forget to savour their famous desserts, Cannoli and Cassatta.

Sicilian culinary is filled with intense tastes as herbs such as fennel and mint are widely used in its dishes. Try the Pasta con le sarde with fresh sardines being the main ingredient. Other Palermitano favorites to try are Panelle and Sfincione, snacks which are sold in *street* stalls.

You will not be deprived of historical sights and museums in Palermo and they are usually within walking distance from the town centre. Places to visit would be the Botanical Gardens, Parco della Favorita, the Quattro Canti and the Kalsa which will definitely not disappoint. The Quattro Canti, also known as Teatro del Sole, is located in the old town centre where you can always see the sun, from dawn to dusk. A visit to Palermo will leave you enchanted by her charm, diversity and warm hospitality.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Palermo holiday apartments and vacation accommodation worldwide.
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