Inspired by the many groups that have settled, and claimed for their own, the Sicilian capital over millennia, Palermo is a real melting pot. The cities identity and spirit has been moulded by its Islamic, Byzantine and Latin roots. No longer a battlefield for mob bosses, the city has developed into one of the most culturally rich, and lusted after, destinations in Europe. Little appears to have changed in generations. The city’s markets are loud and boisterous, its walls are adorned with peeling posters and the streets hum to the sound of mopeds. East meets West in this city of grand Baroque churches and Arabic domes. With its position on the fringes of Western Europe, Palermo feels tropical and exotic. But look beyond Palermo’s hectic façade and you’ll discover resilient elegance. Today, in a time when shabby is most definitely chic, you’ll find hip trendsetters in modern eateries and desperately cool bars. Palermo is a rollercoaster ride. A cacophony of sights, smells and sounds you’ll find it near impossible to place.