Palermo is a hidden gem of Italy. Located on the island of Sicily, the city is the capital of the island and is known to have a long history. Even though the area has been modernized, it has retained its medieval charm. Throughout the city visitors can spot palatial villas and streets lined with palm trees. The archaeological museum in the city houses several wonderful artefacts that inform visitors about the history of the area.
There are some busy piazzas around Palermo where visitors can see locals going about their daily activities. The Piazza Garraffello and the Piazza Pretoria are the main piazzas in the city. The Palazzo dei Normanni is not to be missed; the mosaic work in Cappella Palatina is especially worth seeing. Visitors will love to walk around the Quattro Canti which lies at the crossroads of the old city center. The city has a couple of Arabic-Normal palaces namely the Zisa and the Cubathat are good to visit.
Palermo also offers some good shopping opportunities. Around the Viale della Liberta visitors can several Italian brands. For those interested in handicrafts and antiques the shops at Via Paolo Paternostro offer some good buys. There are also several street markets like the La Vucciria where visitors can find some good deals.
The city is served by the Palermo International Airport. The airport is located around 32 Km from the city center and has flights connecting to different parts of Europe and all major cities of Italy. Every half an hour there is a bus service from the airport to the city which costs 6.10 Euros. There is also train service from Punta Raisi to the city every hour. A train ride costs 5.80 Euros. Taxis are also available from the airport to the city and costs 40-65 Euros.
There are a few Halal restaurants in Palermo serving different types of cuisines like the Allah Rakha which serves Afghan cuisine.
There are a couple of mosques in Palermo which include the Masjid Tunisie and the Cultural Center of Arabo al Farabi.