Palermo is a Capital of Culture and of Sicily!
Italian: [paˈlɛrmo] (About this sound listen);
Sicilian: Palermu, locally [paˈlɛmmʊ];
Latin: Panormus, from Greek: Πάνορμος, romanized: Pánormos)
Is a city of southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture, and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is in the northwest of the island of Sicily, by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The population of Palermo urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 855,285, while its metropolitan area is the fifth most populated in Italy with around 1.2 million people. In the central area, the city has a population of around 676,000 people. The inhabitants are known as Palermitani or, poetically, panormiti. The languages spoken by its inhabitants are the Italian language and the Palermitano dialect of the Sicilian language.
Palermo is Sicily’s cultural, economic, and tourism capital.
It is a city rich in history, culture, art, music, and food. Numerous tourists are attracted to the city for its appealing Mediterranean climate, its renowned gastronomy and restaurants, its Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau churches, palaces and buildings, and its nightlife and music.
Palermo is the main Sicilian industrial and commercial center: the main industrial sectors include tourism, services, commerce, and agriculture. Palermo currently has an international airport and a significant underground economy. In fact, for cultural, artistic, and economic reasons, Palermo was one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean and is now among the top tourist destinations in both Italy and Europe.
It is the main seat of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.
The city is also going through careful redevelopment, preparing to become one of the major cities of the Euro-Mediterranean area.