Palermo is the biggest city in Sicily and holds the parliament of the region which has residens in the previous castle of the Norman kings and Spanish
viceroys, Palazzo dei Normanni. The castle is open for visitors as well as The palatinian Chapel.
The name of the city, Palermo, was in the very biginning "Zyz" in the period of the phoenicians. Then called "Balarm" by the saracens
and nowadays Palermo.
Palermo is a lively cosmopolitic city where you see and feel the heritage from many regents from very different cultures with each of their special
caracteristics. These carateristics have been saved during the years in a rare harmony for benefits of the people - also because there always has been
tolerance for another human origin and therefore one was open-minded for acknowledge and use experience from another culture in a positive way.
Palermo has a fishing fleet, ferries, harbour for yachts and other pleasure-boats, mercantile marine and a ship-yard. There are ferries for Genova,
Livorno and Napoli among others.
The airport which serves Palermo is located 35 km (22 miles away). There is an excellent busservice for the centre of Palermo during the day.
Only a few miles up the mountains you'll find Monreale, a little town with a huge cathedral - most beautiful. The church is build in the time
area as the cathedral in Cefalù. The inside decoration in mosaic has been done in the most handsome way by the same artist and artisan which did
the mosaic work in Cefalù.