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Palermo

Sicily’s ancient capital is peppered with UNESCO-listed sites and an interesting mix of architectural styles.

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  • 3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. Teatro Massimo

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

  • Catacombe dei Cappuccini

    9. Catacombe dei Cappuccini

    Creepy tourist destination or incredible historical document?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

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Planning Your 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.

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What people are saying about Palermo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,007 reviews

Good day tour, stripping away the myths of the Sicilian Mafia and the positive things being used to help dismantle their influence in Sicily. Guide was excellent. We stopped at some interesting places on our route through Palermo. I visited the Gelato shop several times during my trip. It was excellent.

Incredible experience, our wonderful host Rosalia made us feel so welcome and took great care of us. We learnt how to make the best pasta alla Norma we tasted in Sicily, this class was definitely the highlight of our trip. Cannot recommend enough!

This was a very thorough tour and well worth it! Angelo was a great guide and educated us not just about food but culture and history of Palermo.

It was well organized and good for the first time visitors of Palermo. Good mixture of visiting historical monuments and food tasting.

Friendly, knowledgeable driver. Visits to Segeste and Erice were without a guide. I liked being able to enjoy these places privately.