Palermo - Italian capital of culture 2018

The University of Palermo once the home of The Inquisition in Sicily

This week Future Cities Forum has been in Palermo, Sicily, to understand the regeneration programme that has taken place in the city. Recently it won the award to showcase its culture in 2018.

The city has fought the mafia that created row on row of drab suburban apartment blocks on the edge of the city, pulling down many fine historic villas in the process.

Now the authorities have been financing a resurgence of renovation and quality building, encouraging those that live in the city to take pride in their homes. Whole streets have been restored to create magnificent vistas towards the mountains that crouch nearby.

Travelling by motorbike or APE three-wheeler taxi, the city's 12th century cathed