Three’s Company


In Palermo’s ancient city center, street signs maintain the languages of past years when a mix of cultures occupied the city’s streets–wait… A mix of cultures still do occupy the city streets. They are just different cultures, and therefore, different languages. Today, instead of Sicilian, Hebrew, and Arabic, you’ll find Sicilian, Italian, Arabic, and perhaps languages from India, Bangladesh, parts of Africa, and beyond.

Added Later: A reader on Instagram explained that the translation of Via Lattarini in all three languages means “Street of the perfume makers or dealers of herbs and scents.”

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  1. So Sicily is filled with diverse populations. Cool.

    1. Well, yes, Palermo and Catania… And Mazara del Vallo, which is very close to North Africa. Just like here the urban centers are more diverse than the rural towns.

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