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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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Creepy tourist destination or incredible historical document?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

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  • 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

Easy way to see Palermos best sights Monreale & Capella Palatina

Getting to and from Monreale can be a hussle, and knowing exactly which times you can visit the Norman Palace might be blurry - so this is a way around it. Essentially not a tour but a driver and car taking you to the places you need to be.
Palermo and Monreale Half-Day Highlights Tour Reviewed by Erik, 10/06/2016

I enjoyed our street food walking tour very much

Yes,it was lovely. It was much better than the walking tour in Napoli which was arranged by Costa cruise. Our guide knew very well the history of Palermo and the habbits and customs in Sicyly. A great tour!

Not the typical tourists-tour, we liked it a lot.

Our guide was really cool, it was more like a conversation, than a presentation. also the food they picked for us was really tasty. This is a really good introduction to the city Palermo. Do it.

Awesome way to see Mt Etna and Taomorina from Palermo in one long and

Awesome experience and a good way to see Mr. Etna and beautiful Taomorina in one long and rewarding day trip from Palermo.

Great and convenient way to see Mt Etna and Taormina from Palermo

The driver picked us up right outside the apartment we were staying in! The drive was long but it's really the only way to see Mt Etna and Taormina from Palermo. All 5 of us really enjoyed the day! Taormina is beautiful!
Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Trip from Palermo Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/29/2016

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