Day 2: DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD

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Be­gin at the An­to­nio Pasqualino In­ter­na­tional Pup­pet Mu­seum ( pic­tured; €5/ £4.50), dedicated to the art of Opera dei Pupi and fea­tur­ing pup­pets and masks from around the world. Per­for­mances (€10/£8.80) are also held here be­tween Mon­day and Satur­day.

Stop at An­tica Ge­latería Ilardo by the ma­rina for gelato, then walk to the pleas­antly quiet green­ery of Villa Gi­u­lia (City Park) and the ad­ja­cent Botan­i­cal Gar­dens. It’s a 15-minute walk to Bal­larò, one of the city’s big­gest mar­kets. Fuel up with a pan­elle (fried chick­pea frit­ter) sand­wich first.

Next, head to Palermo Cathe­dral. The in­te­rior is grand, but be sure to do the roof walk (€5/£4.50) for views out across old and new Palermo.

Across from the cathe­dral, catch a pup­pet show at Teatro Pupi di Vin­cenzo Ar­gento e figli (€12/ £10.50). Shows are in Ital­ian, but the bat­tles of the Cru­sades are easy to fol­low and the de­cap­i­ta­tion­heavy fight scenes are hi­lar­i­ous.

In the even­ing, head to Pi­azza Rivoluzione’s bars for live bands and a happy hour-style aper­i­tivo (a free buf­fet). Nearby Vuc­ciria mar­ket is lively at night, while Pi­azza Sant’anna has plenty of bars.

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