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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Creepy tourist destination or incredible historical document?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

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

One of the Finest Experiences We've Ever Had

Fulvio is a treasure! The dinner he prepared for us in his home was spectacular. We were two couples from Central Texas, who had never met before. Fulvio put us at ease, and the meal was fabulous, as were the company and the conversation. In addition to the various dishes on the menu, Fulvio prepared a bite of meusa - spleen - so that we could make up our minds about ordering an entire sandwich of it from a street vendor. Also, during the meal, football (soccer) was discussed (my husband is a big fan), and it turned out that there was a game the next night between Palermo and Salerno. Fulvio told my husband where to find tickets, then they met for a beer and a bite to eat before the game. After the game, he drove him back to the apartment we had rented for the week. I can't recommend this experience enough. Fulvio will make your stay in Palermo unforgettable!

Really enjoyable and informative. Highly recommend.

Learned a lot of things about Italy. Fabrizio was great and had a fabulous sense of humour—loved the tour!

Palermo 3-Hour Street Food and History Walking Tour Reviewed by Rebecca, 01/21/2019

Great way to get acquainted with the city

We did this tour on our first day in Palermo and it was a great way to get acquainted with the city. Plus our guide was great and so was the food and hospitality.

It was a day full of enjoyment and wonderfull places!

I was very impressed with this full day tour. I was picked up from my hotel on time. During our coach journey our tour guide Michael gave us information about the tour and places we were passing. At Agrigento our guide Alessandra was excellent. The Valley the Temples were amazing. Later afternoon we visited the village of Sciacca for about an hour, I found it very interesting! Probably restaurant choice for lunch was a bit expensive. I strongly recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Sicily.