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Do & See
Thanks to its rich and varied history, Palermo and its surrounding areas are full of architectural treasures just waiting to br discovered. Many of the sights are conveniently situated in the city centre: in the old town you will find treasures like Palazzo dei Normanni, as well as the beautiful Santa Caterina Church and the spectacular Piazza Pretoria. For a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, the beautiful volcanic island Ustica is a safe bet and will not disappoint you.
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Pretoria Square

Pretoria Square

The grandiose Piazza Pretoria captivates with its fountain, spreading proudly in front of Palazzo Pretorio (City Hall) as one of the major symbols of Palermo. The Pretoria Fountain was sculpted by Francesco Camilliani in 1574 and initially placed in Florence for a few years, it was then bought by the municipality and transported to Palermo. The fountain is a true masterpiece and considered being one of the most beautiful fountains in Italy. The nude figures adorning the fountain has got the most prudish population of the city to nickname the square "Piazza della Vergogna", Square of Shame.
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Church and Convent of Santa Caterina d'Alessandira

Church and Convent of Santa Caterina d'Alessandira

Santa Caterina Church in Palermo attracts visitors with its remarkable Sicilian Baroque architecture: the walls are full of ornamental paintings and there are vibrant frescoes, intricately carves statues and stunning colorful marble interiors. Don't miss out the magnificent majolica cloister and the view from the rooftop terrace. The bakery located inside the complex sells sweet treats prepared with century old recipes from Sicily's convents.
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Ustica

Ustica

Ustica is a tiny volcanic island located 52 km from Palermo with which is linked by a regular ferry service. This heavenly retreat offer everything one may expect from a Mediterranean Island: hiking trails alongside the stunning grottos of the shoreline, crystal clear waters with secret, natural pools and exiting snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, including and underwater archaeological trail with Roman artefacts. Check out thee tourist office in the main square of the island.
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Zisa Castle

Zisa Castle

Castello Della Zisa is a 12th century castle built for King William I of Sicily, its name derives from the Arabic "al-Aziz", which means splendid. The original Norman building underwent some changes during the years, especially with the decorations added during the Baroque period. The Islamic inspiration for the architecture in clearly visible in the amazing decorations of the vestibole, where Arabic vaults and columns are interposed by Baroque frescoes and marble decorations. Today the castle house a museum of Islamic art.
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