Palermo Holidays

Despite not being one of Italy's “must-see” cities, and a bit of a reputation for crime (though what major city doesn't have crime?), Palermo is an Italian metropolis full of culture, beautiful architecture, and a uniquely southern style. Separated from the mainland by only a narrow strip of water, Sicily, and Palermo in particular, feels ... Read more
incredibly remote-- in terms of both space and time. You may, for instance, find your taxi driver yelling and gesticulating wildly about the slowly-moving horse-drawn cart in front of you creating a traffic jam. Palermo was was one of the most important ports in antiquity, and it seems everyone had a turn at conquering the city. It shows in its architectural and cultural history-- a melting pot of Greek, Italian, Norman, and Arabic influences. Though technically a large city, the historic center and a number of exciting things to see are all within reasonable walking distance of each other: Monreale Cathedrale, Qattro Canti, Catacombe di Cappuccini, Gesu Church, and Piazza Pretoria-- the city is certainly no slouch when it comes to sight-seeing, offering world-class art and archeological museums. If the grit and dirt of the city start to overwhelm you (Remember, this is Sicily. It does get hot and sticky, especially during the summer, when the afternoon siesta becomes a necessity), day trips to Zisa or Cuba palace, the beach at Mondello, or even the Mediterranean island of Ustica offer welcome refreshment.

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Things to see and do in Palermo

  • Teatro Massimo
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  • Palazzo dei Normanni
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  • Teatro Politeama
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  • Fontana Pretoria
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Weather-wise, the best times to visit Sicily are during the late spring (May to early June) or early fall (late September and October) when temperatures are in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (20s Celsius). ... Read more
Unfortunately, the timing of Sicily’s ideal weather is a well-known fact: this is when most tourists flood the island, driving up prices. Tourists stick around the coasts until mid-September, though you likely won’t want to; July and August temperatures can reach unbearable levels. Late fall and winter are too cool for swimming, but much quieter, and sites begin to reduce their hours; some resort hotels shut down entirely.

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Palermo reviews

  • 9.8
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  • 9.5
    Foodies
  • 7.1
    Family Travellers
  • 6.7
    Art & Design Lovers
  • 6.6
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Amazing place, good restaurants with very affordable prices, helpful people, mondello beach

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Highly recommend Palermo. Beautiful city. Great food, and lots of history behind it

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It’s really dirty. But the food is fantastic. Mondello and Cefalù is much much much better.

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Good time here, people are soooo nice and warm. The city center is always full of people and the sun is a constant present. Best gelato ever had, one of the best pizza in my life and street food as it were. For low budget trips and super high quality experiences. Super suggested!

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Many combine their visits to Palermo and Cefalu because they offer such different things but are really not far from one another. Palermo is a fascinating city that's worth visiting, even if just for the day. Lots to see and eat!

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Montreal

Busy and dirty. We did not get a good vibe or maybe Palermo was just not a city for us. We went to close by cities like Mondello and Cefalu which we loved.

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I've been to many places in Italy. If I had to compare Palermo to any other, I'd say it feels like a more industrialized and spread-out Naples: The smog on some streets are bad, so much so that they sting my eyes

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Padua

Sicily is the most beautiful Region In Italy, for climate, nature, History, food. You can take a tan and ten minutes after visiting a museum or an historical site. There are many monuments to visit. People are calm and typical dishes are really fantastic, expecially seafood. Sweets and cakes are also excellent: granita al caffè, cannoli alla siciliana, cassata. If you go you ought to try all of them.The sea is beautiful also, but not everywhere. It is really fantastic in the islands (Eolie, Egadi, Pelagie) and in Riserva dello Zingaro, close to Trapani. Palermo is a very alive city with nice theatres, restaurant and shops.

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Rome

One of my favorite cities in Italy! Check out this view of the city... You can see the the city's cathedral in the background as well.

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Longmont

I really enjoyed our time in Palermo. The city supposedly has been cleaned up dramatically and we had no problems. Palermo's architecture is a fusion of Italian, Greek and Arab elements. There are many beautiful churches and palaces to see. The Cappuchin Catacombs are just about the creepiest thing I have ever seen. If you like seafood, the food is excellent.

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