We just returned from a wonderful biking trip with VBT to Sicily - a place we had never visited before. Arriving in the late afternoon at Palermo for the pre-trip, the capital city on the northwest coast of the island we were greeted by blue sky and sunshine, a year round condition. Nestled in a natural harbor on the Gulf of Palermo, the city was founded by the Phoenicians in 734 BC, over 2,700 years ago. It is now a bustling city of a million people (about 1/4 of the population of all of Sicily).
arrived at our centrally located hotel in the late afternoon with
enough energy to get settled in our room for a good night's sleep, in
preparation of exploring the city on our own the next morning.
a few short blocks from our hotel was the Theatro Politeama Garibaldi
which houses the Symphonic Orchestra. It is an imposing and elaborate
circular structure with a majestic entrance similar to a triumphal
arch. Unfortunately for us there was no performance that night.
we did take a guided tour of the theater, sat in the royal box, but
were only allowed photos of the costumes from the Opera Falstaff which
were on display.