Begin your visit to Palmi at Piazzale Ibico, where you’ll find the Monument to San Francesco created by artist Susan Loeb. From here and along the balcony of Via Bruno Buozzi, you can enjoy a sweeping view of the city’s core, the wide panorama of Mount Sant’Elia, the Strait of Messina, and the Aeolian Islands. Continuing on, you’ll find Piazza Pentimalli at the junction of Via Francesco Salerno, Corso Garibaldi, and Via Rocco Pugliese, which is home to the Monument to Francesco Cilea, where the great musician’s remains are housed. In Piazza Matteotti, popularly known as “Piazza Scivola” due to its gentle slope, there’s a marble column with a Corinthian capital from the ancient city of Taureana. Opposite the square is Piazza Municipio, featuring the town hall, gardens, and the Monument to the Fallen. Behind the town hall, you’ll find Piazza Duomo with the Mother Church and bell tower. Inside the church, you can admire the marble altar from the ancient Mother Church that was destroyed in the 1908 earthquake, the beautiful icon of the Madonna of the Sacred Letter (16th century), and the oil painting “St. Joseph with the Child” by Palmi painter Domenico Augimeri of the Neapolitan school.
Other noteworthy sites include the Baroque-style Chiesa del Carmine, the richly decorated 16th-century Chiesa del Crocefisso, and the Chiesa del Soccorso. The pride of the city is the Villa Comunale, a national monument and public garden that offers a balcony overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea with views of the entire Costa Viola, eastern Sicily, Messina, the Strait, Etna, Cape Milazzo, the Aeolian Islands, Capo Vaticano, and the Palmi Plain. The main street, Corso Garibaldi, stretches for 500 meters with its carved stone pavement laid by local craftsmen. Along the street, you’ll find beautiful shops and bars, symmetrically arranged around the central Piazza I° Maggio, a popular evening meeting spot. Two other charming squares, Piazza Libertà and Piazza Cavour, can also be found nearby. Via Roma rivals Corso Garibaldi in terms of presence and foot traffic, boasting Piazza Amendola with its Baroque-style Fontana della Palma, featured on a stamp in the “Fountains of Italy” series.
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