Palermo is the sunny capital of Sicily. This is an amazing ancient city in which the epochs peacefully passed one into another: throughout its long history, the city did not know the persecution of religious, cultural, and ethnic beliefs. There are preserved architectural monuments that keep traces of different periods of rule — Byzantine mosaics, Baroque churches, palazzos, and ancient catacombs. Palermo is a temperamental, noisy, and vibrant city. Historical sights here are generously diluted with aromas of Sicilian cuisine, bright sun, pebble beaches, and the gentle Tyrrhenian Sea, which is part of the Mediterranean Sea. There is still a mafia here. The authorities do not deny this, but claim that the mafia does not touch tourists.