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is the capital city of Sicily and one of the most prestigious Mediterranean
cities. It rises in a beautiful bay on the northern coast of the
The history of Palermo goes back to the VIII-VI centuries B.C.,
when it was named “Ziz” (flower) by the Phoenecians
of Carthage. As a result of the many civil struggles which broke
out over the course of the centuries, Palermo was finally annexed,
together with the whole of Sicily, to the Aragonese crown. During
the Second World War, Palermo was heavily bombed and in the years
that followed was made into a completely autonomous municipality.
"antico mito delle vampe" (‘the ancient myth of
the flames’) is an interesting tradition celebrated during
the festival of S.Giuseppe, the patron saint of the city: all the
inhabitants gather old furniture and all kinds of wooden objects
which are then burnt together in bonfires in every square around
the city, while the children run and jump around singing praises
to S. Giuseppe. This practice is related to the cult of the sun:
the fire chases away damaging influences, greeting the arrival of
the spring (the feast coincides with the spring equinox).
The most interesting monuments are the majestic cathedral with its
“treasure”, which holds numerous works of art from the
1800’s; the Palatina Chapel, with its gold objects and mosaics;
the Catacombs of the Capuchins and the Regional Archaeological Museum.
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