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glamour in palermo
The best of tradition and culture
A city rich in art, culture and tradition. Palermo has to offer; performances of excellence in theatres such as the Teatro Massimo and the Teatro Politeama, art and photography exhibitions and cultural events organised throughout the year and all kinds of manifestations from la Scuola Adotta la Città (when monuments usually closed to visitors during the year are opened only in the month of May) to Palermo di Scena during the summer.
The best streets for luxury shopping are the attractive Via Libertà and side streets, and the historic Via Ruggiero Settimo. Recommended shops for clothes and fashion are Giglio and Visiona and for trendy shoes we recommend Fransal, Schillaci and KDress. Bagliori and Boutique des Corsets are favourite places for lingerie and underwear shopping and at Bagagli you can find all kinds of bags, suitcases and accessories.
Palermo has a long history and tradition of craftsmanship and in fact there are entire streets dedicated to a particular craft. For example; via dei lattarini, via dei calderai (coppersmiths), via biciclettai (bicycles). In addition there are still many specialised shops (furniture repairers, hatters, lampshade makers, leather goods shops, ceramics, umbrella makers, tailors etc..).
Another interesting aspect to Palermo is the number of embroidery and needlework shops still remaining from a long tradition of embroidery schools in Sicily, for example Teloricamoio and Ricamiamocisu.
To see
Places not to be missed on your stay in Palermo are the Chiesa Sconsacrata di Santa Maria Allo Spasimo (The deconsecrated Church of Saint Maria at the Spasimo), La Cuba, the Castello della Ziza and a walk along the Mura delle Cattive.
To listen to
Concerts and operas throughout the year at Palermo’s famous theatres: Teatro Massimo, Teatro Politeama and Teatro di Verdura.
Have fun! Night life
A trendy and longstanding spot not to miss out on is the restaurant and lounge bar LA CUBA. Berlin Café and Grilli Giu are also regular haunts for young Palermitans and at Candelai, in Via Candelai in the historic centre, live bands often play.