Sicily tours: where to stay in Sicily? Palermo is one of the best places to visit in Sicily!

Sicily tours: where to stay in Sicily? Palermo is one of the best places to visit in Sicily!


hello everyone how are you we are in
Sicily we are in Palermo the capital of Sicily we are in front of the Massimo
Opera House the masterpiece Rosella please do you remember maybe some one of
you saw the Godfather trilogy by Francis Ford Coppola this is the location of the
3rd chapter of the trilogy Massimo Opera House is one of the most beautiful
theatre in in the world the third largest theatre in in the world and so
please share with our friends why the reason why we are here now we decided to
to give you a special gift this is the first in the next days you will receive
other gifts this is the first one we decided to to give you a great
experience it’s a virtual experience of course but it’s a great experience we
will give you the chance to discover Palermo
we will meet in a few a minutes tourist guide and we will let you see the most
important tourist attractions so I already know that always a lot of people
ask is it Palermo worth visiting? is it Palermo save? is it Palermo a
beautiful town? So we will try we will try to answer but not by by words by
images so you will see with your eyes what Palermo is and this is just a
preview because of course we always hope you come to visit Palermo to visit
Sicily we really look forward to meeting you soon
so guys enjoy the tour! We are in front of the Massimo theater we are in via
Ruggero Settimo one of the most beautiful roads streets in in Palermo this way
that way we go to the modern district if you if you talk about Palermo mordor
means at least a couple of centuries so we go to the Politeama theater
that way we go to the Maqueda Street to the Four Corners to the heart of the
city center and then we will move to the Cassaro to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele Road so we are now in the heart of the city
center I am the in the center of the square
this is called Quattro canti in English four corners because if you see first
second third and four every corner represents something
different the four season at the first stage the first floor for important Spanish Kings on the
second floor for Saints of Palermo on the third floor so every corner is
different spring summer autumn winter Philip the second third fourth then we
have Santa Rosalia Santa Ninfa Santa Oliva
a melting pot of different elements the natural ones the political ones and the
religion one’s a syncretism this is
the center of the center of the center of Palermo I am in the center this square represents the interception
between corso vittorio emanuele that from the old Acropolis of the town moves to
the to the sea that’s the mediterranean this is a very old road built from built
by the Phoenicians then used by the arabs then by the Normans and then of
course by the Spanish a lot of domination in Sicily and all domination
left something important and this is the second most important Road called via
Maqueda that points to the most modern area of the town but of course if we
talk about Palermo we have to consider at least at least a couple of centuries
but this road both almost two thousand and six or seven hundred years of
heritage we go now to meet our special friend a
special tourist guide called Laura that will teach you that will introduce
you Palermo and is hidden treasures fine we are in a special location in Palermo
in the old city center with Laura our special tourist guide in Palermo Laura
where we are now hello guys we are now exactly in the centre of the city centre
near the town hall that is at our back and we are inside front end of the shame
do you know why it had this name look look at the naked stages so we are just
in the city centre the official name of this place is the Praetorian square just
because we are near the town hall that was once the Praetorian palace the
Praetorian residence and we are in the near the fountain the fountain of the
shame because the fountain was not made for Palermo but it was made in Florence
and when they decided to transport it to Palermo in the second half of the 16th
centuries when all them the the fountain was a reassembled year all the naked
stages gave a scandal they were really offensive for their idea of the time
also because we are here in a nice square overlooked by two churches by two
baroque churches and above all the square is overlooked by
that building over there the yellow one that was once a monastery cloistered
monastery for cloistered nuns so when the poor new nuns looking over from from
their building from their windows so all these naked stages here that was quite a
scandal and that’s why that’s the reason why the Fontan was given the name of
Fontaine of the shame there on the right you can see the Town Hall it is possible
to visit it now because our mayor wants to underline the idea of Palermo as a
welcoming and friendly and open town and you can see here Rosella is working
is having a work among all the stages with Greek gods goddesses allegorical
figures animals there are 24 heads of animals some real animal or some
imaginary animals it’s a nice place it’s quite it’s quite unusual for Palermo
it’s a Renaissance square that is not typical from our town but it’s quite
interesting while on the other side there is another beautiful building that
is the San Joseph Church a Baroque building with this beautiful dome yellow
and green Baroque and we can start from here to have a nice walk out of the town
we are inside the Town Hall our Palace of the Eagles because the Eagles are the
symbol of Palermo it dates back to the Roman age the symbol of Palermo the
Eagle as the single of this the symbol of Palermo and so we are just inside the
town hall the town hall that is now open to the visit because how our mayor has
decided to do that so he there you can see the Eagle symbol of the town with a
description s pqp has the Roman one senato populous weapon or Madonna so it
refers to the people and the city of Palermo during the Roman time because
even if maybe I didn’t tell you but Palermo has got a very very long history
now I’ll give you a special view of a special place of Palermo look at this oh wow the two churches you
can see from here from above are dead to medieval churches of San Cataldo that’s
on the right and the Myrtle a notice on the left with its beautiful bell tower
and they are they date back to the 12th century to the Arab Norman period
Palermo is characterized by this medieval style the so called Arab Norman
that is a beautiful style that tells us about a period of coexistence and
cooperation between people and cultures and be different people and different
cultures and spoke different languages because during the Middle Ages during
the Middle Ages Christian Jews Greek Orthodox and Arabs they all lived here
together and they cooperated and worked alongside each other to build these
amazing Cathedral and churches and palaces this is a town hall where our
mayor honey’s administration work the future of the town it’s a 18th century
whole these windows provide a beautiful view
of the funtime below you can see our elliptical fontaine it is actually a bit
too big from the square for the square but that because the fountain was not
designed for the square actually but for Florence but now it is it has been here
for almost 500 years so we are really used to see it here behind that door
there is the mayor room the mayor’s office this is the place where he works
and he has decided to put on display on this table just near his office three
special objects we can see it from the we can see them from the other side it’s
interesting because you can see here this silver object with a Christian
cross on the middle then there is a silver Quran that was given to the mayor
some years ago and then a small Hebrew inscription on this candle so these are
the symbols of the three monotheistic religions that were processed here
during the Middle Ages when Palermo was was the capital of the reign of our
kingdom of coexistence and cooperation because we are just in the centre of the
Mediterranean everyone has passed from Sicily from the Phoenicians to the
Romans Greeks Arabs Spanish Spaniards French a lot of people passed from here
and everyone has left something on now in our DNA in our culture in our food in
our architecture in our heart so it’s important to remember all of them it’s
important to remember our past our beautiful and very rich past and during
the Middle Ages that was the best period of our history and that was after the
Islamic domination when the Christians arrived and the new Christian sovereigns
the new Christian Kings decided to build a new
Kingdom based on tolerance and coexistence and now let’s leave at our back there
innocent spirits period and let’s go to the middle times it just around the
corner you can pass from the 15th century to the Middle Ages just in a few
meters we are now arriving to Bellini square he takes the names from the name
from the Bellini theater it was a famous Sicilian composer music confessors so
these two church is on my back are the Martorano Church on the left and some
cattle the church on the right they date back to the 12th century and they are
both unesco world heritage sites now they were built in the 12th century by
Islamic architects decorated by Byzantine artists with a an amazing
Byzantine mosaic but they were built as Christian church because they are a
testimony of the period of coexistence of extraordinary coexistence and
cooperation of different cultured cultures that live together here in the
Middle Ages and it’s something that was really amazing and extraordinary in the
middle times about the existence of different culture in foods well everyone
has left an imprint in our food in our gastronomy but of course the most of
world major changes were brought here by the Arabs that concrete Sicily in the
middle times in the 9th century AD they stayed here for two centuries and death
and of course let’s consider for example that they introduced a lot of new crops
citrus madhuri and above all sugarcane let’s think that sugar was not
cultivated in europe until they were before them the arrival of the arabs old
our past trees and candied fruit was made thanks to the sugar introduced by
the arabs maybe maybe it’s better we will show our friend what we are talking
about so let’s go to one of the best outdoor market in Palermo okay yeah
you’ll see it’s a it’s really nice to go to a market let’s have to have lunch
there let’s go and we are now going to the Ballarò
district Ballarò is still today one of the most multicultural districts of the
ancient Palermo and you can see a testimony of this multi melting pot on
the street signs as you can see it is written in three languages in Italian
Hebrew and Arabic do you feel like eating something okay you have plenty of
choice the typical Sicilian Street food with arancini the small oranges that are
rice balls chickpea fritters chickpea fritters funnel chickpea fritters with
cooker and potato croquettes so do you feel like eating something you
can come to a market here we are at the Bolero market and you have plenty of
choice street food rolls fruit leek prickly pears remember that the markets
here in Sicily are not just food and markets they are social experience oli
capers and dried tomatoes onions everything you can you’d like to have
you can find it here are you hungry Rosella yes I’m very
hungry too many information for me Laura so I need to eat but can I ask you what
disease they are prickly pears there are symbol of Sicily but you can add pomegranate watermelon at the markets
you can choose a lot to eat or to drink also you know do want to try
pistachios or almonds or spices you’ll find a lot here do you think and do you
know the name of this zucchini and this is a special product that we make in
November and maybe you can think it’s real fruit it’s they’re real
vegetables or fruit it’s past 3:00 it’s made with pasta with almond pastry and
it is typical for they all sense day look at this it’s amazing you want to
try some broccoli look at the face yeah you can try to fit the apricot they our
friends love this this is my favorite vegetable eggplant
the king or the queen of the Sicilian cruisin we use it almost everywhere an
important lesson for you so we are in the Ballarò district one of
the humblest district here in the city center but this simple church hides a
treasure let’s go inside have you seen what I
told you we are inside the Jesus Church made by the Jesuit Order in the 17th
century and this is a typical parag style Church here from Sicily completely
covered with marble inlays it was an extraordinary work that lasted more than
one and 100 years to do that and it was unfortunately bombed during the Second
World War but it has been rebuilt extraordinarily oh yeah one day we will talk about the question
the most important question in Sicily is do we have to call it Arancina or Arancino but this is another chapter today we eat Arancina
Arancina we are we are in Palermo it’s Arancina thank you come to Sicily to enjoy this we are in front of the masterpiece of
the Sicilian desserts mr. cannolo the king can I have a cannolo “Posso avere un bel cannolo?” a classical one… chocolate from one side and pistachio the other side! Or
would you like the almonds? thank you so guys I really hope you enjoy this
masterpiece Sunday come to Palermo and don’t miss the chance to enjoy the king
of the Sicilian using the king of the Sicilian desserts cannot stop another
masterpiece Sicilian masterpiece is granita what it is it’s an ice cream now
we have a scream and we have granita two different things
look this is pistachio and this is almond and also these what is it Gianca
this is Casatella it’s a small Cassata because the big one
is this big Cassata and small Cassata Cassatella Thank You behind me the beautiful cathedral of
Palermo and she is santa rosalia the main saint of Palermo look at this
beauty behind us you can see the Cathedral
it’s of course a must-see during our guided tours of Palermo and at this
point usually people are thirsty and ask for something to drink
so me I need something to drink what do you suggest me okay come on
let’s go come on follow us where we are now we are in the historic
center of Palermo this is a Corso Vittorio Emanuele a beautiful Street
also called Casaro and this is the oldest Street in Palermo from the
Phoenician age the Carthaginians who built Palermo the
entity of course to the Spanish period this is the main road I I think you will
enjoy this walking to look look did you why are you drinking I don’t know maybe an or enjoys my duis
pyramid our answer that’s how our friends they know some
great dancer who thank you you cannot imagine what you are missing
now front of the Cathedral that’s one of the reason why join us
here in Palermo wonderful it’s for you for me also this
is for you I took the orange juice yeah thank you hello again how are you please remember
our friends what we saw today today we saw a lot of beautiful things
we started our virtual tour from the Massimo theatre I remember again this is
the third most important hopper house in the world it’s a masterpiece of
architecture then we went we followed the Maqueda
road and we reach the four corners yes that’s the heart of the city center of
Palermo then we met our special tourist guide Laura and we visited with her the
fountain of the shame yes Pretoria then we went to the city ole then we
went and we visited the piazza bellini with the Martorana Church and then we
went to Ballaròdistrict we remember the outdoor market of Ballaròand of course
the casa professa the Church of Jesus into the outdoor market so these are the
most important location the must-see location in Palermo but of course this
is just a preview a special gift for you Palermo is very very richer so there
will be many many things that you will see during your guided tour of power
mode Janka please tell our friends the top reasons to visit Palermo so there
are many reasons but first of all the heritage Palermo both almost two
thousand and seven hundred years of history first Carthaginians Phoenicians
romance ruffians Norman Spanish a lot of people came to power one and you saw the
proof of these dominations then I will say Palermo now is very safe a beautiful
town to experience because the nightlife is one of the funnest nightlife in in
the world if you follow our recommendation our suggestion
and you choose your accommodation in the area between the mastema theater the
four corners the cathedral so in the old city center that’s as you can see is
very very enjoyable if you stay here you will enjoy the nightlife because
everything the clubs the restaurants the shops everything will be walking
distance so this is the second reason and then of course I know my friends I
know that you love food and wine experiences and the Palermo is the
capital of the food and wine experiences because Palermo is ranked fifth in the
special world rank about sweet food but Palermo means of course a lot of
beautiful experiences everywhere so everywhere you stop you can enjoy
something different path rich desserts poor injuries pom gratuities cannoli a
lot a lot a lot of very very good food so you can eat and drink every time I
know that for some one of you this is the most important reason so guys as I
told you as I said this is a gift in the next days we will give you some more
special gifts I want to introduce the chapter to how to plan a perfect trip to
Sicily so stay tuned and bye salute Cheers
waiting for you bye you

3 thoughts on “Sicily tours: where to stay in Sicily? Palermo is one of the best places to visit in Sicily!

  1. I look forward to going to Sicily with my heart and soul, next year. I can not wait! Thank you for the video beautiful people.

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