When a city is over 2700 years old, and has seen wave after wave of invasions, it’s inevitable that it will carry the imprint of diverse cultures; and so it is with Palermo, the Italian city which is the capital of the Sicily region.

Palermo has been a thriving town under the rule of Phoenicians, who founded it in 734 BC, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs, before finally becoming part of unified Italy. It’s now one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, attracting millions of visitors every year.

The sunny climate, historic buildings including grand churches and picturesque palaces, the bustling, shopping areas like the 1000-year-old Ballaro Market, as well as the swinging nightlife and music, are all reasons to book a trip to Palermo this summer.

Strolling in the lanes of the old city, or taking a ride in Palermo’s new four-line tram network, you’re going to have a great time exploring the city. The goodies in the local bakeries are as wonderful as the aromas wafting into the streets. You can try the local gastronomical delights like arancini (stuffed rice balls) or if you’re more feeling adventurous, babbaluci (tiny snails in a sizzling garlic sauce).

Just an hour’s train journey will take you to the seaside town of Cefalu, with it’s Norman cathedral which has recently been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites; and in case history’s not your cup of tea, the beautiful beach will certainly make the trip worthwhile.