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Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Palermo Cathedral was erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil (or Walter of the Mill), the Anglo-Norman archbishop of Palermo and the Norman King William II's minister. One of his close relatives had Monreale cathedral built during an overlapping time period, and they were therefore regarded as competing with each other for glory. The Normans had…
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Palermo Is Not Just for the Mafia Anymore

Palermo Is Not Just for the Mafia Anymore | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
For decades, Sicily was a haven for the Mafia. As their grip loosens, the island, and particularly its capital city, is morphing into a fashionable, gorgeous hotbed of tourism.

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Cyclopride Day 2014 - Coming Soon to Milan and Palermo -

Cyclopride Day 2014 - Coming Soon to Milan and Palermo - | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Cyclopride, an Italian association working to promote the joys of cycling in Italy, has organized two CycloPride Day cycle rides on May 11, 2014. One takes place in Milan, which is where I live, and the other is in Palermo in sunny Sicily.

The Milan CycloPride Day involves a 16 kilometre (just under 10 miles) cycle ride around the centre of the city starting from Piazza Castello. While the main ride starts at 11am, the get-together begins at 9am with all those taking part picking up their event bibs and bike bags. Don’t worry, it’s not a cycle race! [...]

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Palermo: a girl's guide to the best hotels, shops and restaurants - Telegraph

Palermo: a girl's guide to the best hotels, shops and restaurants - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Wander the bustling Sicilian capital, a city rich with history and discover ancient markets, fabulous stret food and fine wines.
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A Palermo market taste of the Orient

A Palermo market taste of the Orient | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

A tour of the noisy Palermo market resembles a visit to an Oriental bazaar. Here you can have all senses are battered by crowding, shouting and strange sights and odours as a reminder of Sicily’s historical ties with the Arab world and the proximity to North Africa.[...]
In Palermo dialect Vucceria means ‘confusion’ and the market generally lives up to this name. It is open long into the evening, which may explain the local saying ‘quannu e balati ra Vucciria s’asciucanu’ – when the Vucceria pavement becomes dry – as an indication of something that will never happen.[...]

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StrEat Palermo - a brilliant street food tour.

StrEat Palermo - a brilliant street food tour. | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The cuisine of Sicily is a reflection of the many different cultures who have been dominant there over the centuries and the street food of the island tells that history in every dish. Now, a greedy girl like me is most unlikely to miss out on an opportunity to get her history lessons via food, so while in Palermo The Bloke and I took part in one of the best local street food tours around, hosted by StrEat Palermo. [...]

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Palermo’s Belle Epoque at the Grand Hotel et des Palmes

Palermo’s Belle Epoque at  the Grand Hotel et des Palmes | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Not many hotels inspire. In fact many of them are sad, grimy establishments. Not so the Grand Hotel et des Palmes. You only have to walk through the main foyer doors here to breathe the atmosphere of history and intrigue.
in 1882 Wagner, the German composer, came to the hotel looking for inspiration to finish his final opera, Parsifal.
Renoir, the French impressionist, popped in to paint Wagner’s portrait in celebration.
In 1885, the French writer Guy de Maupassant arrived.
Another illustrious guest, Raymond Roussell, novelist and playwright, checked in in the early 1930s.
Renato Guttuso, the Sicilian painter; Carla Fracci, Burt Lancaster when he was filming the Gattopardo (The Leopard) in Palermo.
Arthur Miller and American Colonel Charles Poletti who made it his headquarters after the Operation Husky allied landings in Sicily in 1943.
The last infamous gathering in the hotel lounge was the alleged 1957 mafia summit organized by Lucky Luciano.

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Castelbuono, Sicily, the town of the good air and excellent food

Castelbuono, Sicily, the town of the good air and excellent food | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Castelbuono is a small town in the mountains near Palermo, Sicily.
The unexpected things you see when you look up – like Arabic-inspired towers with shimmering blue fish-scale tiling …
Latin inscription over the gate to the 14th century Sicilian castle which gives the town its name. The castle was originally called Castello del Buon Aere – the good air castle – owing to its breezy position at the top of a hill. [...]

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Palermo one of 7 Places to Travel for Food in 2013

Palermo one of 7 Places to Travel for Food in 2013 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Culinary travel is the next big thing, from cooking classes in Tuscany to street-food tours in Istanbul. So where will you plan your next foodie adventure? Whether you prefer chasing Michelin stars or channeling your inner Andrew Zimmern, these global destinations will wow your taste buds. Here are the top seven places to eat around the world in 2013.


  • Palermo, Sicily - This is a city that eats dessert for breakfast -- tall cups of sweet, slushy granita -- in flavors like almond, coffee or lemon, served with a freshly baked brioche for dunking. Sicily's cultural history is reflected in its cuisine, with Italian, Greek and North African influences. Hit Palermo's food stalls for authentic fare from fresh arancini, deep-fried rice balls stuffed with ragu, to panelle, chickpea fritters. Adventurous foodies should sample the city's classic street food: pani ca meusa, an irresistible offal sandwich made with fried beef spleen tucked into soft sesame bread. Palermo restaurants serve up fresh-caught seafood: sliced swordfish crudo, thick tuna steaks and spaghetti con i ricci -- creamy, rich sea urchin roe. Finish off every meal with a sugar-dusted cannoli, Sicily's iconic pastry with a velvety ricotta filling.


The other 6:

  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Lima, Peru
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • Antigua, Guatemala
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