Top Tours & Activities 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.
This wonderland is not only a botanical garden, but also a prestigious research and educational facility belonging to the University of Palermo.
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.
Football fans, rejoice! In Palermo, soccer is life. Catch your favorite team away from home or cheer with the locals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Structurally celebrated for its perfect acoustics, Teatro Massimo is also the third largest opera house in all of Europe.
Creepy tourist destination or incredible historical document? These Palermo catacombs are sure to be memorable to say the least.
Palermo beaches are a must! Mondello is the nearest and easiest to reach by Palermo bus #806.
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitIf 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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We were shown the best food markets in Palermo, sampled lovely street food, and heard about the history of food products typical of Sicily. After our guide, Fabrisio, showed us important sights of Palermo. His commentaries were great and he obviously knew his stuff.
Fabrizio did a great job. When he guided us, his English was very good, meaning that we understood it very well although we are not native English speakers. To us, he is a very knowledgeable guide who did not only give us new understandings about Sicilian food, but gave us a lot about the history of Palermo and took us through many significant landmarks, the meaning of which he well explained. Just one warning, before you go don’t eat too much because Fabrizio provide you with good street food during the journey. I should mention, that we were very privileged in the sense that the group this very day only consisted of two people.
It was great to meet Luciano who took us to the market and gave us a choice of menu. He then took us to his home, gave us a delicious glass of wine and then asked if we'd like to cook or if we wanted to watch. We opted to stand on his balcony and look into his kitchen as he skilfully prepared a 3. course dinner with fresh organic food. It was very enjoyable.
My wife and I greatly enjoyed this tour on which we were the only members . Our guide, Maria, was very personable and friendly, and patiently answered all our questions about Palermo. We saw the wonderful highlights of central Palermo as advertised in the guide, and Maria even found time to take us to a coffee shop where my wife could purchase Italian coffee beans to take home. At the end of the tour, Maria took us to an apartment used by her tour company, to cook us an excellent Sicilian lunch (the meal was so good!). She also provided us with very good Sicilian wines to taste. In addition, Maria provided my wife with several tips on cooking Italian food, which she use at home. It was a most enjoyable morning and early afternoon in Palermo, thanks to Maria.
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.