In Southern Italy on the island of Sicily is Palermo. It is the industrial and commercial capital of the region rich in history, culture, and architecture. The city dates back to 734 BC. Palermo, Italy’s little slice of paradise, delights all of the senses, especially the taste of Sicilian cuisine.
The Small List
Rocco Forte Villa Igiea – Villa Igiea is a superior Sicilian residence with luxury accommodations. The private palazzo was transformed into one of the most luxurious hotels in Sicily. The historic villa offers panoramic views overlooking the Bay of Palermo. A stay at Villa Igea in the capital of Sicily is full of tradition, elegance and serenity.
Florio Restaurant – Florio is located in the original Louis XVI hall at Villa Igiea. The interior and color scheme pays homage to the elegance of the Belle Époque era. Fulvio Pierangelini has designed an exquisite menu which portrays the culinary history and the wonderful flavors of Sicily.
Places to See
Palermo Cathedral – La Cattedrale di Palermo is a prime example of Sicily’s unique Arab-Norman architectural style with construction beginning in 1184 by the Norman Archbishop Guiltier Offamilio. Alterations continued for centuries, thus encompassing a wide variety of architectural styles.
Teatro Massimo – Explore the stunning auditorium, its treasures, and the most interesting halls of the third largest opera house in Europe. Teatro Massimo’s opening night happened in May 1897 with Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff as the inaugural opera.