52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #30. Cultures Colliding

Sicily’s 3000 years of human history offers a fascinating tapestry of heritage. Even today, cultures mingle in the streets, as illustrated by this modern signpost in Palermo’s Centro Storico written in Italian, Hebrew, and Arabic. It marks Via Lampionelli, the area where small, tin lanterns (called lampionelli) were hand crafted, bought, and sold for hundreds of years during which the neighborhood was an Arab quarter, then a Jewish quarter, and today, home to not only Sicilians and Italians, but also to South Asians, North Africans, and Middle Easterners.


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