Palermo Tours

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Be assured that Palermo tours incorporate far more than simply the architectural timeline of 10,000 years of history. The little Sicilian city lies on the northern coast of the island. If the boot that is Italy were to kick Sicily (which lies just off the toe), it would strike Messina and Mount Etna first. Palermo would run into trouble only when Sicily, now moving rapidly through the Mediterranean, struck the larger island of Sardinia. But this clearly won't happen.

Palermo Tours: a Quick Preview

Home to beautiful beaches, great cuisine, and a remarkable history, Sicily is a great place to visit. It's an island with an economy based on agriculture, fishing, and--of course--tourism. It is also home to Europe's highest active volcano, Mount Etna, which stands 10,902 feet above the Mediterranean Sea that surrounds it on three sides.

Most of Sicily enjoys temperate weather all year, the peak of Mount Etna being the exception. If you're thinking about visiting, consider Palermo tours during the winter season. If you're a theater or opera lover, you'll know that its opera season is in full swing then. Fares are of course at their lowest. What's more, the ruins of Greek temples, Roman villas, Norman cathedrals, Swabian castles, and Spanish palazzi stand through all the seasons as they have through the centuries.

Gastronomy is a true delight to enjoy on all Palermo tours. The cuisine is something of a mix of Italian and Arab, which makes it unique to the country. One particularly delectable dish--pasta con la sarde--has its origins with the Phoenicians. The sauce is made with sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, capers, saffron, and parsley. Tuna and swordfish are especially common in late spring.

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