Cruise to Palermo

Sometimes exhilarating, sometimes frustrating, always beguiling, Sicily lies at the cultural crossroads between Europe and Africa. And in Palermo, its principal city, the shared heritage is seen in the design of her villas, cathedrals, monuments and former princely palaces. An encircling garland of citrus groves and olive trees only adds to the allure. The Phoenicians founded Palermo in the 8th century BC; from the 9th to the 12th centuries, it was one of the greatest cities in Europe. Situated on a wide bay, it has always been a strategic port and is now a fast-paced city. History buffs, don't miss the museums. People with tastebuds, don't miss local Sicilian fare—especially not the mouthwatering arancine.