The true essence of Palermo lies in juxtaposition. It is a city of contrasts, a city where everything is pressed together forming a fascinating and bombastic colorful mix. Architecture-wise Palermo is a treasure chest blending Norman, Arab, Gothic, Art Nouveau and contemporary influences. Teatro Massimo or local opera house is the biggest in Italy and that says something about Palermo’s cultural scene too, it’s rich and gratifying. The vibrant capital of Sicily has absorbed all good that the island is famous for and it’s ready to share it with those who dare to explore. Be sure to visit the UNESCO-protected Palazzo Reale, Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti and the grandiose Palermo Cathedral.