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Via Orfeo 9 localita Mondello, Palermo, 90100, Italy
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The Cathedral of Palermo
A few tons of marble
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What are the hostels in Palermo like?? I've never stayed in a hostel and was wondering about price, privacy, location and if i neeed some kind of membership card....
Hi, I can't say I've ever stayed in a hostel either but here's a site you could try.
I had a brief look, and they all appear to be reasonably priced and clean.
As far as I know, you don't need any membership cards or to join any organisations.
I haven't been to Palermo, but here's the link to the HI hostel there.
http://www.ostellionline.org/ostello.php?idostello=592 It looks a bit far out of the city center; can anyone comment?
italian hostels seem to be quite rigid - they chuck you out between 11 and 3 - just when you want a bit of riposa - and they have a curfew - midnight or even earlier - and they are usually quite a long way out of town
I've stayed at a few hostels with curfews, but they've always had night keys to lend out if you want to come back later.
not the one i stayed at in genoa
Travel Tips for Palermo
see the Arab/Norman churches....
see the Arab/Norman churches. Cappella Palatina at Palazzo dei Normanni and San Giovanni degli Eremiti nearby (bus 109 to both) and the Mortorana near the centre. Probably San Catoldo - next to la Mortorana - a complete contrast - very plain but movingly beautiful.
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With all the money that the European Union has poured into Sicily, it is now easy to speed around the island on good, modern roads. But when old Cliffie lived there, aging Fiat buses were trundling along narrow hillside roads on their slow journeys into the interior. Sweltering in the Sicilian heat, keeping a watchful eye on the dark-suited men with a 'lupara' (shotgun) casually draped over a shoulder, you could take a bus to Corleone, home town of the fictional Corleone clan in Coppola's Godfather trilogy. In the old days, a hundred silent eyes would watch as you got off the bus, the click of the dominoes would stop as you parted the bead curtains of a bar, the collective intake of breath would be let out only when your accent gave you away as a foreigner.
During the Norman domination, in 1184 the archbishop of Palermo Walter Offamilio started the construction of a splendid cathedral to replace the Muslim mosque with a Christian church.
Over the centuries the additions and restorations modified the original building: the most radical change was made by Ferdinando Fuga in 1771 and in 1809. He was an architect from Florence and gave to the interior of the church a neoclassical aspect.
Visiting the Cathedral it is important to observe:
the XIV century portal with bronze doors,
the long right side is decorated with a scenic portico in Catalan-Gothic style from the XV century, under which there is a highly decorated portal by Antonio Gambarra in 1426,
the apses kept their original form of the XII century.
The Cathedral contains the Royal and Imperial tombs. Among the people buried there are Roger II, Henry VI of Hohenstaufen, Costance de Hauteville, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. Among the numerous chapels there is Santa Rosalia's, where in a silver urn done in 1631, there are kept the ashes of the patron Saint of Palermo.
There is lastly fine treasure, comprising precious objects and pieces of embroidery found in Royal and Imperial tombs, holy vestments, chalices, ostensories.
The New Gate
New is a relative term in cities like Palermo. The Porto Nuovo was built to celebrate the triumphant arrival in the city of the Holy Roman Emperor Carlos V's after his victory against the Ottomans in Tunisia in 1535. He was to later lose the much more decisive Battle of Preveza in 1538 but the Porto Nuovo was built by then and the four huge telamones representing the captured Moors from the Tunisian campaign remain on the western facade to this day.
Severely damaged by lightning strike and and a subsequent explosion, the gate was extensively remodelled in in the mid-17th century, when the upper loggia and tiled roof was added.
The gate is considered the demarcation line between the old city and the new. The old Cassaro - the road from the port to Monreale - runs through the gate still. Renamed Corso Vittorio Emmanuele on the eastern side of the gate and Corso Calatafimi on the west, it's still the road to Monreale, and locals still refer to it as Cassaro
The Cathedral, built towards the end of the XII century for will of the archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio, shows a prevailing Sicilian-Norman style, animated by architectures which hide numerous changes. It was divided according to basilical Latin cross plan to which it was added, between 1781 and 1801, according to design made by Ferdinando Fuga (1699-1781), the aisles, the wings of transept and the majestic dome.
Palermo (ancient Panormus), city and seaport in Italy, is situated on the north-west coast of Sicily, on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Palermo is the largest city and chief port of Sicily. The oldest buildings in the city date from the period when Sicily was a Norman kingdom and show Arab, Byzantine, Norman, and Spanish influences. Outstanding examples are the cathedral (1169-1185), the Palatine Chapel (1140), and the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti (1132). The University of Palermo was founded in 1777.
Population of Palermo: 684,000 (2000 estimate).
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