In general people are less...
In general people are less focussed on famous labels like Armani, Versace (like in Rome). I couldn't believe the number of blond people. (probably has to do with the history of a/o the Normans). The best thing is this is a nice city but there aren't relatively that many tourists.
Avoid at all costs
There are 101 places in Palermo to get a decent pizza or pasta con sarde for 5 or 6 Euros. This is definitely not one of them. Pasta was served cold - not cool, cold, hard and burnt. An argument broke out at a nearby table who had stopped in for only a coffee and were facing some preposterous charge.
I was counting out a tip - thinking it was not going to bemuch - when the wrong change came back. Only one euro down, but I decided that that was their tip.
Avoid for sure ! It's off Via Maqueda across from Via Scarlatti
The cathedral has been much modified and "improved" over the centuries starting from the 12C.The corner towers have tiny minarets typical of the adoption by the Normans of local influences. They also built a campanile (across the street, partly supported by heavy arches. The W facade (seen in our intro) is 15C Gothic.The Spanish added Baroque throughout the interior and the dome.There are so many sights that we made a Travelog of the inside and porch.
The first time I seen Palermo I was fascinated immediately. Palermo is an urban paradox. It is a case of jewels, Roman, Norman, Moorish, Gothic, and Baroque art well present here. But it is a casket encrosted by the signs of time and degradation.
Crowded, noble, hot, luxurious, dirty, ... it is impossible to describe Palermo in few words.
You have to live it. And you love it or hate it.
But no visit to Sicily is ever complete without a visit to Palermo.