Gulf of Palermo
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City on the northwest coast of Sicily. Founded by the Phoenicians but named by the ancient Greeks (Panormus, meaning "all-port"). The fifth largest city in Italy, its population is estimated around 855,000, though the metropolitan area numbers closer to 1.2 million.

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Palermo is one of two Italian cities Franz and Sabina visit on their traveling affair -- the other being Rome. (Venice is mentioned in passing in an unsavory metaphor in section 1 of Part Three, page 82).