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Palermo is a city in southern Italy, the capital of the autonomous region of Sicily and the metropolis of Palermo. The city is known for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy and plays an important role throughout its existence. it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, directly on the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was 734 BC. Founded by the Phoenicians as Ziz. Palermo then became a possession of Carthage, before it became part of the Roman Republic, the Roman and finally the Byzantine Empire for over a thousand years. The Greeks called the city Panormus, which means "complete harbor".