Via Alloro, Palermo

Foro Italico view. Where is the sea?

Via Alloro (Laurel Street) is born almost from the sea, but in Palermo there isn’t a beloved sea so if you look to the east, from the beginning of the street, you can’t see the sea but a meadow.

From the meadow it rises parallel to Corso Vittorio, straight into the sunset.

It was one of the most luxurious streets of Palermo in the sixteenth century. Great noblemen had large palaces. Now there is a museum in that of the Abatellis family. In the last century some of them was falling, a few gutted, some are still inhabited and renovated.

It is a narrow road and for this reason the buildings have large internal atria where carriages could enter, turn and settle down. In the street it would be impossible. Instead, there is almost always shade in the summer, except at dawn and dusk.

at Modern Art Gallery (GAM),Piazza Croce dei Vespri

The road goes straight to cross Via Paternostro, and no one knows who was this “Paternostro”. Because over the centuries that road had another name, Via Cinturinai, the way of the leather workers. And still there are, then chances are they will change the name, perhaps in “Leather Masters Steet”: in Palermo nothing is more unstable that the street name.

Via Alloro plunges into three squares, as in a theatrical setting. Aragona square, Piazza Croce dei Vespri Square and St. Anna Square ending on the cross with Via Roma. But it’s just a wild fake. In fact it assumes a different name and rises to La Martorana.

at GAM, Modern Art Gallery

Nobody know why it’s called Via Alloro. But you know, for centuries the laurel has been the plant of the gods.