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Palermo Holidays Overview
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, has been influenced by a diverse range of cultures. As a port in the centre of the Mediterranean, it was a strategic target for every group of empire builders from the Romans to the Bourbons, and it changed hands numerous times until the nineteenth century unification of Italy. Its art and architecture include amongst others Arabic, Chinese and Egyptian influences.
The mix of old and new is evident in Palermo, with ancient churches neighbouring trendy roof top bars, and classical opera and modern art fighting for attention. Palermo is a great place to visit at any time of the year except August when the sweltering heat drives many of the 1.3million locals away, and most of the shops and restaurants are closed.
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holidays - Top Events
Dance of the Devils / Holy Week
Holy week sees a traditional festival in Palermo featuring a battle between good and evil that incorporates huge iron masks. The battle ends with a villager that represents Jesus riding in on a horse.
World Festival on the Beach
A festival that takes place on Mondello Beach for a week in May and combines jazz, classical music, and golf with beach volleyball, windsurfing, paragliding, and sky diving. There is a whole programme of events including a fun swimming race as well as a surfing competition and a photo contest.
Held in November, this festival features the historic Palermo pupari or puppeteer families. Puppet shows are held at the Antonio Pasqualino Puppet Museum and at other sites in Palermo and aims to keep the local puppeteer tradition alive.
holidays - How to Get There
Flying from Australia to Palermo typically takes between twenty six and thirty one hours. One route from Sydney to Palermo via Bangkok and Rome Fuimicino is operated by a combination of Emirates, China Airlines, and Alitalia. An alternative route using British Airways and Air One stops over at London Heathrow and Rome Fuimicino.