Sicily - Italy
Palermo is the principal city and administrative seat of the autonomous region of Sicily, Italy as well as the capital of the Province of Palermo.
Inhabitants of Palermo in Italian are referred to as Palermitani or poetically Panormiti.
Palermo was founded in the 8th century BC by Phoenician tradesmen around a natural harbour on the north-western coast of Sicily. The Phoenician name for the city may have been Zīz, but Greeks called it Panormus, meaning all-port, because of its fine natural harbour and it was part of the Greek speaking Eastern Roman Empire .
Palermo is widely considered to be the most conquered city in the world, during the ensuing centuries.
The Italian Risorgimento and Sicily's annexation (1860) to the kingdom of Italy gave Palermo a second chance. It was once again the administrative centre of Sicily, and there was a certain economic and industrial development.
Palermo suffered heavy damage during the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943.
Palermo got another boost when Sicily became (1947) an autonomous region with extended self-rule.
Palermo is a city with monumental problems, but is also a city of almost three millennia of history, beautiful palaces and churches, colourful markets, marvelous food and a distinctive cultural identity.
For a more information about Palermo see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palermo) February 2007.
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This information was correct in February 2007. E. & O.E.
I visited Palermo with Sarolta, my daughter in 1978 and I will scan and put up some of my photos, hopefully soon.
The city is interesting and a friendly place.
Hui Chin and I visited Palermo in 2006 again and we enjoyed our stay.
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