The city boasts a history dating back thousands of years and has always played an important role in the events of the Mediterranean and Europe. Founded by the Phoenicians between the 7th and 6th centuries BC, it was conquered by the Romans in 254 BC and became the main centre of the island. Conquered by the Vandals in 429, it passes in 536 under Byzantium and in a short time the whole island became a peripheral province of the Eastern Empire.
In the ninth century the Arabs from North Africa invaded Sicily: the conquest, was begun in 827, Palermo was taken in 831. Muslim governors decided to move the capital of Sicily to Palermo (until then the most important center of the island was Syracuse): the city equipped itself with all the bureaucratic structures and intended for various services that belonged to a capital. Historical evidence shows that in Palermo, during the Arab domination, there were more than three hundred mosques. The Arabs also introduced the first citrus groves, forming the Conca d’oro and thus opening up a new possibility for economic development.
Later, with the advent of the Normans and the return to Christianity, it was the coronation city for the numerous kings of Sicily, since then it has remained, the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily.
From 1816 to 1817 it was the capital of the newborn Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and later became the second city in importance of the same duo-Sicilian kingdom, until 1861.
The long history of the city and the succession of many civilizations and peoples have given it a remarkable artistic and architectural heritage. The serial site Palermo Arab-Norman and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale, of which are part more monumental goods located in the city, in 2015 was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. numerous buildings, including churches and palaces, are recognized Italian national monuments.
The Muslim power, however, was corroded by internal (Christian-Muslim) struggles for independence, which opened the way to the Normans, until, in 1071, after four years of siege, Ruggero d’Altavilla, the first Norman count, seized Palermo and removed the Muslims.
The arrival of the Normans in Palermo, and the mixture with Islamic styles, is witnessed by a considerable number of religious and civil buildings.
In 1098 the Normans, under papal investiture, obtained the license to make Sicily Catholic again and, in a short time, came into possession of the city and the rest of the island.
Palermo reached its maximum splendour under the government of Roger II.
After the reign of Norman Sicily, other royal houses alternated on the Palermo throne: the Swabians who made Palermo an imperial seat; the Angevins who moved the capital from Palermo to Naples; after the revolt of Vespers, Palermo became the capital of the kingdom founded through the cadet branch of the Aragonese: it lost its independence in the fifteenth century to become viceroyal Iberian.
The Spanish made Palermo the seat of the Viceroy. The Spanish domination was very appreciated in Sicily because it revaluated the territory as a bulwark of strategic importance for the fight against the Ottomans.
In 1734 the city became the dominion of the Bourbons, who kept the Kingdom of Sicily and Naples separate. In 1816 both kingdoms were united in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies: Palermo lost the status of capital, becoming the second administrative center after Naples. However Palermo continued to hold the title of capital of the island part of the kingdom.
In 1860, the Garibaldi family landed in Marsala; from there, thanks to the help of the Sicilians, they began to conquer the island in the name of the unification of Italy; Palermo rose on 27 May, the date on which Garibaldi entered the city from the Termini gate. Between 1860 and 1866 the city was subject to various fights and revolts against the new Kingdom of Italy.
In the first twenty years of the twentieth century Palermo went through a flourishing period, with a short but intense so-called Art Nouveau period, characterized in reality mainly by architecture of eclectic taste.
Today it is the Capital of Culture 2018.
All its immense history, which contains different traditions, cultures, religions and styles, makes Palermo an international cultural and artistic heritage.
The venue of glamorous and cultural events, in 2017 Palermo hosted the international fashion show of Dolce and Gabbana with guests and VIPs from all over the world such as Madonna, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert De Niro.
Mobilised the most illustrious historical buildings of the city including the Cathedral of Monreale and the best hotels in the historic center of Palermo
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Grand Hotel Wagner, Hotel Federico II, Hotel Excelsior, Hotel Principe di Villafranca, Hotel Plaza, Hotel Brunaccini , and the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea.
In 2018 Palermo was chosen as the Capital of Italian Culture.
Recently the city administration has opened places of historical and artistic value in Palermo to weddings, such as theaters and museums of the city.
Add to this the landscape heritage with its nature reserves and white beaches.
Wedding venues in Palermo
Rich in historical residences, Palermo welcomes you among historic buildings, period villas and castles. Elegant and luxurious locations for a dream Sicilian setting, Palermo bewitches you with its history. In the surroundings the locations are immersed in the green of the farms, country houses, charming farmhouses where you can organize a rustic wedding, with ancient Sicilian flavors, a rural wedding or country as you like, takes place among the trees, pine forests and meadows. The Sicilian style is translated and reinterpreted for a fresh breath with the scent of orange blossom.
More and more people are planning their wedding in Sicily.
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Seductive and fearless, with a decadent air on one side and a noble air on the other, two faces of a medal that continues to dazzle with its everlasting splendours. It kidnaps you at first glance, getting married in Palermo confirms the desire for elegance, culture, and Sicilian tradition. Palermo, with its contradictions and its beauty remains an extraordinary place for the perfect setting of your most important day of your life.
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