Palermo is the capital of the Italian region of Sicily. This historic city is one of the most interesting destinations in southern Italy. The Holy Week rites are also a popular religious event in the Sicilian capital. This set of rituals originates from the history of Spanish Sicily dating back to 1516 to 1713, when the whole island was under the rule of the Aragon Crown, which was united with the Kingdom of Naples. In total, there are 38 processions, some larger and some smaller, filling the streets of Palermo during the Holy Week.