|Mario Pashetto (1885-1963) Dover Press|
1. Palermo is over 2, 700 years old; it is on the northwest corner of the island of Sicily, by the Tyrrhenian Sea.
2. Founded by the Phoenicians in 734 BC, Palermo was conquered by the Greeks, then the Romans, then became part of the Byzantine Empire, then came Arab rule, and after them, the Normans. Palermo and Naples united, forming the Kingdom of Sicily, until Italian unification in 1860.
3. Because of its history, Palermo has beautiful architecture and remains of ruins from many historic periods.
4. Mount Etna looks down on the city and is still an active volcano, last erupting this March 6-7th!
5. The Catacombs of the Capuchins are an unusual tourist attraction. Between 1533-1920, monks with secret embalming techniques, embalmed many dead residents of the town and arranged them in tableaux to teach moral lessons. They are displayed in these Catacombs which are open to the public. Many are dressed in period costume and are well preserved.
6. The beaches are beautiful and snorkeling is popular.
7. But, the Mafia still has a troubling presence with small groups of merchants refusing to pay protection money. Hopefully these merchants will remain and help make Palermo more safe and productive without the Mafia's influence.
8. Visiting Palermo, it seems as if it has something for everyone, a volcano, unusual catacombs, architecture from many historic periods, beautiful beaches, wonderful food, and inexpensive hotels. Visitors love it. Many beautiful videos. Check "You Tube" and "Palermo."
You can click on the poster to make it bigger and see the details. Unfortunately, nothing is known about the Sicilian artist.