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Palermo named Italian Capital of Culture for 2018

posted on 04/04/17

Palermo has been named the Italian Capital of Culture 2018 by Italy’s Ministry of Culture.

The title means that the Sicilian capital will receive one million euros in funding for investments and promotion, while taking over the title from the Tuscan city of Pistoia at the end of this year.

One only has to look at the fascinating history of the island of Sicily to see from where Palermo derives its rich and unique culture. As a key strategic point in the Mediterranean it has been invaded and occupied by; amongst others, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Normans, the Swabians, the French and the Spanish Bourbons. Each distinct peoples came and left its mark on the society and culture we see today.

This can be seen perhaps most spectacularly in the island’s architecture, such as Palermo’s own Palatine Chapel which almost seamlessly combines Norman, Arabic and Byzantine styles. Highlights of Sicily’s capital also include Italy’s largest botanical gardens, a thriving gastronomic scene and a selection of great museums, amongst many others.

Visit Palermo on our 8-day trip – Sicily: Conquests & Cultures (13–21 May 2018), which also visits Monreale, Cefalú, Agrigento, Ortygia and more.


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