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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Creepy tourist destination or incredible historical document?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.

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What people are saying about Palermo

It was amazing and it exceeded my expectations!!!

My tour guide was amazing. My time in Sicily was limited and I had a rather ambitions list of attractions to explore. She called me the day before of the tour to ask my about my preferences and she planned a schedule that covered all the things that I wanted to see. She even offered to use her scooter and she took me to amazing sites. She made me feel very comfortable and I had a great time with her. I strongly recommend her.

Welcome to Palermo: Private Tour with a Local Reviewed by Bibiana, 04/15/2019

One of the highlights of our visit to Palermo

Fabrizio, our guide, was excellent. Knowledgeable, funny and charming. We learned lots of new things and tasted some amazing food. I would definitely recommend this activity

Superb destination with a terrific driver

This site is a must-see. Our driver, Michael, earns top ratings. He is a great driver (Palermo is wild), has a great personality, is very knowledgeable and punctual and delivers information in English clearly. The van is clean & comfortable. Rest stops were appropriate. Overall, the tour is highly recommended, and so is Michael.

Super interessant, leckeres Street Food und super sympagthischer Guide

Fabrizio is super likable and knows a lot about his home city. During the tour we tried the typical food of Palermo and learned the origin of the names of the food that partly differ to the Italian names. It was also possible to ask him about the Sicilian lifestyle and he showed us his home town from a personal point of view which was very interesting. Of course the history of this stunning city is remarkable and we highly regret that we could not spend more time there. We promissed to come back and we can really recommend the tour with Fabrizio.

Very informative walking tour with some street food as part of it

I wouldn't say this is the most comprehensive street food tour (so if you are looking for a lot of street food, this is probably middle ground). But it was very interesting walking tour also with history and nice out of the way stories about various things, with a fair amount of street food as part of it, so I would say it was a good mix of both street food and walking history tour (if that is what you are interested in, which for us was a good mix). Guide was very interesting and informed also