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Via libertà: photo description (Via Liberta)

Via libertà, one of the oldest streets of Palermo, along which there are many historical sites popular with tourists. Here is Monte Pellegrino, the mountain of the Pilgrims in the shape of a crown. It offers incredible views of Palermo and the Tyrrhenian sea, and near the top is the Church of St. Rosalia, the patron Saint of the city. It leads to road-serpentine, winding through the thicket of Mediterranean pines. Saint Rosalia, which is worshiped for several centuries, led the life of a recluse on this mountain, and here creates his wonders.

Another interesting structure via libertà - Chinese Villa, designed for the ruler of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies, Ferdinand I. He was in Palermo at a time when the capital of the Kingdom of Naples was invaded by French troops. Architect Villa, Marvoilia, lined it and the surrounding gardens in the style of "Chinese Renaissance" with elements of neoclassical style. In those years it was one of the big "East" estates in Europe, which liked to stop the royals, in particular Queen of Austria Maria Carolina.

Near the Chinese Villa is a Park Favorite, lying in the shadow of Monte Pellegrino. The name of the Park translates as "Royal" - once on site the hunted members of the noble families of Palermo and Sicily. Today you can see many birds and migratory birds. Part of the Park is the Villa Niscemi Palace, a former aristocratic families of the city, which is now the residence of the mayor. In the near future in the Eastern part of the Park will be built a football stadium.

A short walk from the Favorites on the West side of Monte Pellegrino lies the beach of Mondello beach with numerous restaurants where you can try fresh seafood. Especially crowded here on weekends, so wishing solitude is better to go to the beach sferracavallo, which lies a little further.

Finally, you should pay attention to the Villa Trabia, located in the vicinity of the street via libertà near Piazza Croci. This is one of the few aristocratic villas of Palermo open to the public. It was built for the Prince of Trabia in the 18th century and reached us almost unchanged.