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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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Stadio Renzo Barbera
Football fans, rejoice! In Palermo, soccer is life. Catch your favorite team away from home or cheer with the locals.
5. 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.
7. 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.
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Planning Your 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.
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.
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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
Good day tour, stripping away the myths of the Sicilian Mafia and the positive things being used to help dismantle their influence in Sicily. Guide was excellent. We stopped at some interesting places on our route through Palermo. I visited the Gelato shop several times during my trip. It was excellent.
Incredible experience, our wonderful host Rosalia made us feel so welcome and took great care of us. We learnt how to make the best pasta alla Norma we tasted in Sicily, this class was definitely the highlight of our trip. Cannot recommend enough!
This was a very thorough tour and well worth it! Angelo was a great guide and educated us not just about food but culture and history of Palermo.
It was well organized and good for the first time visitors of Palermo. Good mixture of visiting historical monuments and food tasting.
Friendly, knowledgeable driver. Visits to Segeste and Erice were without a guide. I liked being able to enjoy these places privately.