I took this photo from the rooftop café of La Rinascente, a swanky department store in central Palermo.
This is PIAZZA SAN DOMENICO. On top of the giant column stands the virgin Mary.
The piazza takes its name from the Chiesa San Domenico, which is out of frame to the left.
The street with red awnings along it is the Vucciria market, founded by the North Africans over 1,000 years ago. Apart from fresh fruit and vegetables, it mainly sells specialist foods, spices and curiosities. You can buy traditional and luxury Sicilian products like Bronte pistachio pesto, sun dried tomatoes, capers, cold-worked chocolate from Modica, cinnamon liquer from Etna, and other types of unusual and luxury foods and drinks.
For one millenium it bustled with people from Palermo buying grocoeries, but over the last ten years the area has filled with immigrants from Africa and Bangladesh (among other places), who buy their food from each other’s ethnic shops. The market is much emptier than it used to be. I do hope it doesn’t just gradually fade away.