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Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti - Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel - Cathedral - Church of the Holy Savior


If you are in Palermo for a day we recommend a visit to the historic center starting from the Church of San Giovanni degli  Eremiti , which with the charm of the red-plastered domes, is considered among the most interesting examples of Sicilian-Norman art and one of the symbols of Palermo. You can get there by taking the subway and getting off at Orleans station (located a 5-minute walk in Via dei Benedettini). Alternatively, you can get there by bus line 309 and get off at Piazza Indipendenza.
Going up Via dei Benedettini you will find Palazzo dei Normanni (or Reale) whose entrance is located in Corso Re Ruggero which runs alongside Piazza Indipendenza. Il Palazzo Reale  is the seat of the Sicilian Regional Assembly and is the oldest royal residence in Europe and imperial seat with_cc781905-5cde-3194_BB3b-136dbad II  e  Corrado IV .
On the first floor stands the  Cappella Palatina , one of the most visited monuments. From 3 July  2015   is part of  Unesco World Heritage and was defined by Guy de Maupassant 3194905cc bb3b-136bad5cf58d_world.
From Piazza Indipendenza, go down Corso Vittorio Emanuele to reach the Cathedral . The  Primatial Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary of the Assumption is the main  place of worship _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cella7905_catholic city di  Palermo ,   episcopal seat  of the homonymous archdiocese 3194bcc5-136bcc5-136bcc5 -1381 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Unesco Heritage such as the Palatine Chapel.
As a unique experience, you have to take a look at the city by climbing the terraces of the Cathedral which are accessible to the public.
Continuing along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, formerly known as Cassaro and the oldest street in the city that cuts the historic center in two, you can find from souvenir shops to places where you can taste typical food. important of the city and continues straight to the sea for about two kilometers. On it there are some of the most important places of interest in the city such as the aforementioned Cathedral and Palazzo dei Normanni, Porta Nuova, Porta Felice, and many churches and ancient buildings. The intersection with  Via Maqueda  forma i  Quattro Canti , the meeting point of the four districts of the city ) main of the historical center which are Albergheria, Kalsa, Seralcadio (or Capo)  e  La Loggia
Before arriving at the Quattro Canti, you will find the Church of San Salvatore (originally a monastery of Brazilian nuns), where the interior, with a twelve-sided central plan and an elliptical dome, is richly decorated with marble, stucco and frescoes. Here, too, it is possible to access the terraces to admire the view from above.
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Continuing along Corso V. Emanuele on the right you will find Vicolo Castelnuovo which will take you to Vicolo Casa Professa where you will find one of the most important baroque churches of  Palermo  e of the entire_cc781905 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Sicily , The Church of the Gesù also known as the Church of Casa Professa . It is undoubtedly one of the most striking churches in Sicily, among the highest expressions of the Baroque, rich and sumptuous to leave your "mark".
Church of Gesù (Casa Professa) - Market of Ballarò - Church of S. Maria Dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana) and Church of San Cataldo


You are close to one of the most important and ancient markets of the city; I will dance! Leaving the church, go up to the left on Via Casa Professa, follow it to the end and you will arrive at the Ballarò Market . The market  permanent   is famous for the sale of the first fruits that come from the  campaigns _cc7bd1905_bc7905-13905_bc7905-135cc790 -5 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Palermo . Very popular, the market animated by the so-called abbanniate, that is, by the noisy calls of vendors who try to attract passers-by. Made up of a set of stalls  and the street invaded by wooden boxes containing the goods  Ballarò is a mainly food market, mainly used for the sale of fruit, vegetables, vegetables, meat and fish, but there are also items for the kitchen and home cleaning.
Returning back from Via Casa Professa and continuing along Via del Ponticello you will arrive in Via Maqueda follow it for about 200 meters going up to the left and then find on your right the Church of San Cataldo easily recognizable by the presence of the three characteristic red domes that give light and prominence to the surrounding environment and the Church of Santa Maria Dell'Ammiraglio seat of the parish of San Nicolò dei Greci  known as_cc781905-5cde-3194badd 136-bbartbana . Among the churches  Byzantine  del  Middle Ages _cc781905_bcde-3194bbadd- 136bdcc5_cc781905_bcde -3194bd3 among the most important and is characterized by the multiplicity of styles that meet, as, with the succession of the  centuries , it was enriched by various other tastes  artistic ,   architectural  e  cultural . Today apart from the_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_Unesco heritage.
Church of Santa Caterina and Piazza Pretoria - Quattro Canti - Vucciria Market - Capo Market


Continuing to climb Via Maqueda towards Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you will find Piazza Pretoria where you can admire the majestic Fontana Pretoria , Palazzo Pretorio or delle Aquile (representative office of the  Comune  di Palermo which is worth a visit) but above all you can admire the Church of Santa Caterina. The church stands next to a 14th century monastery of Dominican nuns and was built around 1566. The facade is in Renaissance style and inside, in Rococo style, there are very rich marble decorations and eighteenth-century frescoes, and for this reason it is considered a of the richest churches in Palermo.
Going up Via Maqueda you will eventually arrive in Corso Vittorio Emanuele where the Quattro Canti are formed. Also known as  piazza Villena, o Ottagono del Sole, o_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad781cf5890_Theater of the two main axes -5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Palermo and, as mentioned above, divides the city into the four districts. I Quattro Canti  are  decorative apparatuses made early 1600  and are real marble topped with coats of arms. The elevations are articulated on several levels, with figurative insertions and lower floor, fountains representing the rivers of the ancient city ( Oreto ,   Kemonia , Pannaria,   Papireto ).

Another important market to visit is undoubtedly the Vucciria market . To get to the market, from Quattro Canti, going down Corso Vittorio Emanuele you will arrive at the intersection with Via Roma. Cross Via Roma and take the first street on the right (Via Pannieri) and you will already be inside the Vucciria. The name of this market derives from the word Bucceria, which derives from the  French  boucherie, (macelleria), (macelleria) In the market, meat was initially slaughtered and sold and later it also became a market for the sale of fish, fruit and vegetables.   "Vuccirìa" in  Palermo  means "3194-confusion of the -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_abbanniati).


If during the day you also want to visit the ancient Capo Market , from Vucciria take the bus line 101,102, and 103 (about 15 min) which will take you to Porta Carini which is the entrance to the Market. The Capo market, together with the other markets of Palermo, is an important retail agri-food point of sale. Characteristic for its folklore, the  good market is rich colors, the yells of the sellers _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d essential element of the city of Palermo. It is an active market every day and you can find both food and other merchandise. It extends along via Carini and via Beati Paoli, via di Sant'Agostino and via Cappuccinelle.

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