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Palermo City Guide

The capital of the Mediterranean island of Sicily is one of Europe's oldest cities. Explore the antique buildings, see medieval mummies and enjoy the Sicilian cuisine.

Palermo is the capital of Sicily, a historic port city full of palaces, churches and other old buildings. The mix of architectural styles reflects the city’s past; Palermo has been successively conquered, occupied and abandoned over the centuries. Arabs, Normans, Byzantines, French and Spaniards have all ever occupied Palermo in the past. 

Palermo’s History

Visit Quattro Cantiin, the historic district. The square is located at the intersection of two main roads of Palermo and has four identical baroque buildings on its corners, displaying statues of the four Spanish rulers of the city. 

Visit the eclectic 12th Century cathedral which is a collision of all Palermo’s cultures, from its Arabic architecture to Romanesque flourishes, from its Gothic gargoyles to its baroque interior. Take a tour of the Church of San Cataldo, an Arab-Romanesque building with three domes. Walk past the heavy wooden door of the Palazzo di Alliata Pietratagliata and admire its Gothic decor and architecture.

Discover Greek, Roman and Etruscan artefacts in the Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas. Examine medieval art in the Galleria Regionale and modern works in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna. Buy seafood and souvenirs on the open market La Vucciria and find second-hand clothes at the market Ballarò. Then take advantage of the beautiful sun and relax at one of the many beaches.

The Catacombs 

Explore the most unusual and unique attraction in Palermo, the Catacombe dei Cappuccini, a crypt beneath the Piazza Cappuccini. Here you will find thousands of mummies, some of which are well preserved, while others are in various states of decomposition. They lie on racks, hang on the walls or fill different nooks. Make sure you take a look at the bones that decorate the ceilings - lovely.

Remember, Sicily is still Italy and that means one thing is certain; the food round here will be to die for. Feast on the pizzas prepared in wood ovens and enjoy regional favourites, such as pasta with sardines and Cassata Siciliana, a traditional cake. 

Fly into Palermo International Airport or arrive by boat or train. Palermo is a major transport hub, making it a very easy location to reach. When you’re here, you can easily explore the area on foot.


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Astoria Palace Hotel

Astoria Palace Hotel

Via Montepellegrino 62, Palermo
3.6
of 5, from 602 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Palermo, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Centro Teatro Danza, Teatro Massimo and Regional Archaeological Museum. Renzo Barbera Stadium and Regional Gallery are also within 2 miles (3 km).

€106
Grand Hotel Wagner

Grand Hotel Wagner

Via R. Wagner, 2, Palermo
4.2
of 5, from 308 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ruggero Settimo, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Cross Church, Regional Archaeological Museum, and Teatro Massimo. Church of San Cataldo and Martorana are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€73
Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes

Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes

Via Roma 398, Palermo
4.1
of 5, from 918 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ruggero Settimo, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Cross Church, Regional Archaeological Museum, and Teatro Massimo. Martorana and Church of San Cataldo are also within 15 minutes.

€45
Mercure Hotel Palermo Centro

Mercure Hotel Palermo Centro

Via Stabile Mariano 112, Palermo
4.1
of 5, from 780 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Palermo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Cross Church, Regional Archaeological Museum and Teatro Massimo. Martorana and Church of San Cataldo are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€45
Eurostars Centrale Palace

Eurostars Centrale Palace

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 327, Palermo
4.2
of 5, from 716 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Monte di Pieta hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Quattro Canti, Church of San Cataldo and Martorana. Cathedral of Palermo and Teatro Massimo are also within 10 minutes.

€46
Politeama Palace Hotel

Politeama Palace Hotel

Piazza Ruggero Settimo 15, Palermo
4.1
of 5, from 497 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ruggero Settimo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Ruggero Settimo, Teatro Massimo and Regional Archaeological Museum. Church of San Cataldo and Martorana are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€41
Hotel Garibaldi

Hotel Garibaldi

via Emerico Amari, 146, Palermo
4.2
of 5, from 790 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ruggero Settimo, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Politeama Garibaldi Theater, Teatro Massimo, and Regional Archaeological Museum. Church of San Cataldo and Martorana are also within 1 mile (2 km).

€35
Hotel Europa

Hotel Europa

Via Agrigento, 3, Palermo
3.6
of 5, from 259 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ruggero Settimo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Maria di Monserrato and Teatro Massimo. Regional Archaeological Museum and Church of San Cataldo are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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