Palermo’s Foro Italico

Once called the Marina, the Foro Italico is Palermo’s communal seafront. After being neglected and inaccessible for years after World War II, today, the long public park is where Palermitani take walks, play soccer, ride bicycles, and bask in the sun. It’s also where large-scale events like the fireworks during Il Festino, the city-wide party celebrating their patroness Santa Rosalia, are best viewed. 

3 thoughts on “Palermo’s Foro Italico

  1. This waterfront was created because the city needed a place to put all of the rubble from buildings destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II. The sea used to be a lot closer in. Now it is a beautiful place to walk, ride a bicycle, or sit on a bench and look out at the Tyrrhenian Sea. Tragedy turned into beauty.

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