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Palermo, the Kalsa Quarter


The Arabs conquered Sicily in the 9th Century A.D., leaving unmistakable traces of their rule. They entered via Palermo's Porta dei Greci, where one can still see La Saracinesca (Trap for the Saracens). They founded the Kalsa, a name deriving the Arabic al-Khalisa, meaning the "elected" or "chosen one."This community still maintains its own personality: the people speak a dialact resembling Arabic, but not only. Here the most beautiful embroidery and needlework is produced, and visitors will be amazed by the traditional street foods on offer.