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Palermo ( pə-LAIR-moh, -LUR-, Italian: [paˈlɛrmo]; Sicilian: Palermu, locally [paˈlɛmmʊ]; Latin: Panormus, from Greek: Πάνορμος, romanized: Pánormos) is a city of Southern Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of PalermoThe city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years oldPalermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as ZizPalermo then became a possession of CarthageTwo Greek colonies were established, known collectively as Panormos or "All-Port"; the Carthaginians used this name on their coins after the 5th century BC.
As Panormus, the town became part of the Roman Republic and Empire for over a thousand yearsFrom 831 to 1072 the city was under Arab rule during the Emirate of Sicily when the city first became a capitalThe Arabs shifted the Greek name into Balarm (Arabic: بَلَرْم), the root for Palermo's present-day nameFollowing the Norman reconquest, Palermo became the capital of a new kingdom (from 1130 to 1816), the Kingdom of Sicily and the capital of the Holy Roman Empire under Emperor Frederick II and King Conrad IV. The population of Palermo urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 855,285, while its metropolitan area is the fifth most populated in Italy with around 1.2 million peopleIn the central area, the city has a population of around 676,000 people.
The inhabitants are known as Palermitani or, poetically, panormitiThe languages spoken by its inhabitants are the Italian language and the Palermitano dialect of the Sicilian language. Palermo is Sicily's cultural, economic and tourism capitalIt is a city rich in history, culture, art, music and foodNumerous tourists are attracted to the city for its good Mediterranean weather, its renowned gastronomy and restaurants, its Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau churches, palaces and buildings, and its nightlife and musicPalermo is the main Sicilian industrial and commercial center: the main industrial sectors include tourism, services, commerce and agriculture.