For millennia at the crossroads of civilisations, Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix
of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas.
This is a city at the edge of Europe and at the centre of the ancient world, a place where
souk-like markets rub against baroque churches, where date palms frame Gothic palaces and where the
blue-eyed and fair have bronze-skinned cousins. Add to this Italy’s
biggest opera house and an ever-growing number of vibrant,
new-school eateries and bars and you might just find yourself suddenly, unexpectedly in love.
BY LONELY PLANET
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