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Information about PALERMO Founded by the Phoenicians, who named it Ziz, Palermo was settled in the eighth century BC as a port. The Greeks called the city Panormos, meaning "all port." The Latin name, still used in Catholic Church documents well into the nineteenth century, was Panormus. Saracen Arabs ("Moors"), turned many of the churches into mosques. The Arabs brought the lemon and the orange, cane sugar, and the cultivation of mulberry trees, dates, cotton and hard wheat. They introduced innovative irrigation systems and a novel system of aqueducts. Palermo became one of the Muslim world's most splendid cities. Numbering perhaps as many as a hundred thousand, the residents (Palermitans) of this medieval metropolis were Muslims, Christians and Jews from every part of Sicily and every part of the Mediterranean. By the nineteenth century, Palermo had become the place of residence of most of western Sicily's nobility. Its splendid palazzi are their legacy. As Sicily's largest and most cosmopolitan city, nowdays, Palermo offers great dining as well as excellent shopping. Its markets are the most colorful in southern Italy one of Europe's great casbah-like markets, with mountains of food ranging from fresh swordfish steaks to all sorts of meat and recently harvested vegetables and fruits, reflecting the bounty of the Sicilian countryside.
 
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ITALIA

General Information
Capital: Rome
Area: 301,230 km2
Population: 60,157,214 (April 2009).
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz
IDD: +39
Emergency number: 112/113
Timezone: +1 Hr (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region), French (minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area).

Government
Government: Republic

Religion
Religion: 90% Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim

Health
Health: The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus.

Currency
Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100.00 USD = 66.8534 EUR GBP = 110.480 EUR CHF = 66.1543 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Country roads: 90/110 km/h, Motorways: 130 km/h

Traffic
Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: EU pink format licences are valid in Italy but old-style green licences (without photos) must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Monday (variable), Apr 25 Liberation Day, May 1 Labor Day, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 25/26 Christmas Day/St. Stephen"s Day

Climate
Climate: Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south

Temperatures
 
Temperatures:
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
A781114182225252116129
P7162575146371521639912993
S44678911108644
A=Aver. Daily Temp. (C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900 / 1800/ 3G 2100 & HSPA

GPS
GPS: 41 54 N, 12 29 E

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 08.30-12.30 and 15.30-19.30. Food shops are often closed Wednesday afternoon.


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