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Today, Palermo Centrale station acts as Sicily’s main traffic hub, as it connects the island to all the major mainland routes. It is located in in Piazza Giulio Cesare, in the heart of the city, a short walk away from its main shopping streets. It also hosts the terminus of Palermo’s airport-bound railway connection.
Erected in 1885, it is among Italy’s oldest stations still operating. The complex is an example of Eclectic architecture. The authorship of its project is unclear, but its layout shows the influence of Ernesto Basile and his School.
The original structure featured a large glass canopy with an elegant iron framing, supported by sickle trusses, that covered the railway area: the structure, however, was destroyed during WW2. Although the station still keeps its proportions and architectural unit, today’s complex structure appears different from the original, due to the removal of the above-mentioned canopy and to a series of interventions carried out during the 1950s and ‘60s.