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Top 9 things to do in Palermo

Palermo, Sicily is colorful, loud, historic, and never short of things to see and do! Adventure is palpable in this unique city. Be sure to squeeze these tourist sights in between the exploration.

Orto Botanico di Palermo

Orto Botanico di Palermo

This wonderland is not only a botanical garden, but also a prestigious research and educational facility belonging to the University of Palermo.

The Zisa

The Zisa

This Moorish castle derives its name from the Arab word “dear” or “splendid.” Completely unique to the region, the castle is a must-see with a fascinating history to explore.

Stadio Renzo Barbera

Football fans, rejoice! In Palermo, soccer is life. Catch your favorite team away from home or cheer with the locals.

Quattro Canti

Quattro Canti

Quattro Canti is some of the earliest urban planning in Europe. Four impressive Baroque buildings line the square, representing the 4 seasons, 4 Spanish kings and 4 patron saint.

Palazzo dei Normanni

Palazzo dei Normanni

It's the oldest royal residence in all of Europe. Today it is the seat of the regional parliament of Sicily, but the most impressive Arab-Byzantine rooms are open to tour.

Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral

The Palermo Cathedral was made for the architecture buff who will be able to spot Norman, Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical influence all in the same incredible structure.

Cappella Palatina

Cappella Palatina

This church is sometimes called the “palace church,” and it's nothing short of regal inside. Prepare to be awestruck gazing up at the Saracen arches covered in Byzantine mosaics.

Teatro Massimo

Teatro Massimo

Structurally celebrated for its perfect acoustics, Teatro Massimo is also the third largest opera house in all of Europe.

Catacombe dei Cappuccini

Catacombe dei Cappuccini

Creepy tourist destination or incredible historical document? These Palermo catacombs are sure to be memorable to say the least.

Planning Your Palermo Visit

Palermo Day Trips: Take a Bus to The Beach

Palermo beaches are a must! Mondello is the nearest and easiest to reach by Palermo bus #806.

Walk Everywhere

It’s true for most European cities, but especially Sicily’s regional capital. Start in the Old City; admire the architecture and take spontaneous breaks in the many squares.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    If you can wait, try to plan your visit for September, when the temperatures are more bearable, the summer crowds are dying down, but the water is still warm and pleasant.

Things to Do in Palermo

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What people are saying about Palermo

Great but communication could have been better!

I absolutely loved the trip to Etna and Taormina. Despite half of our group opting for an English-spoken guide, our driver only spoke Italian. This wasn't a problem- as a group, we managed to get by. My one criticism would be regarding the pick up time. I had to chase for confirmation of a pick up time from the host the night before and eventually was told this would be 7am. However, when I left my apartment at 7am on the day, the driver waiting outside seemed angry- saying that I'd been keeping him waiting for a whole twenty minutes prior to this. Aside from that, we had sufficient time in both areas. 2 hours in Etna, which was just enough to get the cable car to the top and return. Then we had another 2.5 hours in Taormina. I had researched a lot in trying to find the most cost effective trip to Etna from Palermo, and this was by far the best option!

Francesca was an exceptional guide as well as charming .

Glad to have the opportunity to leave a review. We were lucky enough to get Francesca on a Sunday. She is knowledgeable as well as flexible ( given we are both over 65) Francesca was able to impart a wealth of knowledge we would never have known otherwise. She also showed us many locations of historical significance and explained their background. As well as this we visited the local markets and streets and , Francesca explained some of the Palmero culture which were just as much fun. Not to mention a couple of little shop detours on the way. Our trip to Palermo was greatly enriched by Francesca’s tour. Grazie Mille Francesca !

Palermo: Exclusive Art Tour Reviewed by Annie, 26/08/2019

Guide was difference between a good day and a great day

Etna was natural and beautiful and a bit of a challenge scaling, but well worth the effort . Toarmina was beautiful and the Amphitheatre is a real treasure. However the was made really great due to our guide and driver, Michael. He was very friendly, informative and gave good advice and tips about both parts of the trip. He was very punctual and gave us plenty of time and notice st Rach stop. Nothing was too much trouble and his conversation was also a nice distraction . Can’t give more praise fora great experience, Thanks Michael. From the Liverpool family

Perfect day. Perfect hosts. Perfect boat.

We spend a magic day in this boat. Everything was perfect and beautiful. The captain and his soon are great. Very beautiful views. In french for more details. Journée parfaite, paysages magnifiques, le capitaine et son fils étaient super, très serviable. Apero et boissons fraiches a dispo. Tres bon déjeuner. Nous avons fait 3 arrêts a des endroits avec une super eau turquoises. Nous avons pu faire du snorkeling (materiel fourni sur place) et voir des poissons. Je recommande vous serez agréablement surpris. Gracie mille !!!!!! :D

Sicily: San Vito lo Capo Sailing Adventure Reviewed by Malak, 30/06/2019

Transportation you could never (easily) do yourself

There were seven of us in a van. It was a long day, but we saw a variety of things. I hadn’t realized it was more of a driving service than a tour, as there was little in the way of explanations of what we were looking at. We were essentially dropped off. (That may have been mentioned in the fine print I didn’t read.) But the driver could not have been more pleasant, spoke perfect English and answered any questions we had. Erice was attractive but way too touristy for me.