Sicily’s capital stands on a curved bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. It’s a chaotic, ebullient place with masses to see. Puppet theatre, street markets and marzipan fruits are typical Palermo treats. Get your bearings at a major intersection, the Quattro Canti. Don’t miss the superb mosaics in the Cappella Palatina, or Serpotta’s stuccowork in the city churches. The mummified corpses in the Capuchin catacombs are the stuff of nightmares.