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Palermo, Sicily

Palermo, Sicily.
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Palermo, Sicily is at the crossroads of Mediterranean and northern European civilization. It’s more than a museum. It's a vibrant, some say ‘chaotic’ city whose unique culture has been forged and molded by three millennia of history emerging from three continents. The streets of old Palermo are an intriguing labyrinth of outdoor markets, ancient palazzi and churches. After nine centuries street markets still evoke the atmosphere of Arab souks. Palermo is an ancient and medieval historical city. It is larger than that of any other Italian city except Rome and maybe Naples.

Although there are few gay specific accommodations in Palermo, there are plenty of gay friendly hotels, guesthouses, apartments and villas for the gay and lesbian traveler to choose from. Prices and amenities range from deluxe to budget so there is plenty to choice for even the most discerning gay and lesbian traveler.

Whatever you do in Palermo, even if you're here for only a day, gay and lesbian travelers shouldn’t miss out on the local cuisine. Sicilian food bears the mark of medieval influences. The Arabs introduced sugar cane, rice and certain citrus fruits, and the strong flavors of caponata (aubergine and caper salad), arancine (filled rice balls), cassata and cannoli (both filled with a sweet ricotta cream) reflect the culinary culture which evolves only over the course of centuries. Artichokes, harvested in winter and spring, are native to Sicily, while lamb and swordfish are so popular that they might almost be considered "national" dishes.

As fascinating as the Palatine Chapel and Monreale Abbey are, Palermo's Cathedral presents to the gay and lesbian traveler with a diversity and mixture of architectural styles unique in the world for a church of this strikingly vast scale: Arab, Norman, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. It's all here, in one grand, awe inspiring setting, complete with soaring medieval spires.

For such a large city, Palermo lacks a vibrant nightlife. In the hot summer months, the locals parade along the waterfront of Mondello Lido to cool off. Many Palermo areas with bars and taverns are not safe for walking around at night so be cautious.The safest places for drinking, making conversation, and meeting like-minded gay and lesbian travelers are the many bars in the deluxe and first-class hotels.
The liveliest squares at night -- and the relatively safest because lots of people are here -- are Piazza Castelnuovo and Piazza Verdi. Another "safe zone" is a pedestrian strip flanked by bars and cafes, many with sidewalk tables, along Via Principe di Belmonte, between Via Roma and Via Ruggero Settimo. Some of these bars have live pianists in summer. Gay and lesbian bars in Palermo are scarce, and most gay encounters occur on the streets, in cafes, and around squares.

So for the gay and lesbian traveler there is much to explore, to taste, to see and to experience when visiting the vibrant and truly remarkable city Palermo, Sicily.

Palermo Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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