Palermo itself did not seem all that interesting, but we enjoyed seeing the varied architecture which resulted from the island having been ruled by so many different cultures. The four hour Easy Palermo bus tour of the highlights of Palermo was one of the less expensive ship excursions and turned out to be very good. It was mainly spent on a large bus which we don't usually like but didn't mind since it was so cold out. The drive up to Mt. Pellegrino was an event in itself since the road is very narrow and winding and there were also buses coming the opposite direction. Sometimes one or the other had to back up a little way to make room to get by. On the way up, there are lovely views of Palermo and the coastline. At the top are a couple of small places to get cappucino or cannoli or the orange juice that they are famous for there. We had fresh orange mixed with pomegranate juice and a cannoli and both were really delicious. Our tour guide, Virginia was extremely knowledgeable and her commentary was informative as well as interesting. The tour didnt allow for time to go inside any of the buildings but we did see all the main landmarks and got out and walked around at some of them such as the opera house. We ate lunch at a place about a block from the cruise terminal called La Posada Where we had pizza and hot tea so we could warm up. The service was friendly and the pizza was good.
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