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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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Politeama Palace Hotel

Politeama Palace Hotel

Piazza Ruggero Settimo 15, Palermo
4.0
of 5, from 209 reviews
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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 mi (2 km).

€97
Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes

Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes

Via Roma 398, Palermo
4.1
of 5, from 503 reviews
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Located in Ruggero Settimo, this romantic 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.

€39
Astoria Palace Hotel

Astoria Palace Hotel

Via Montepellegrino 62, Palermo
3.6
of 5, from 282 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

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

€41
Arricampati Holiday Home

Arricampati Holiday Home

Via Nazionale, 46, Carini
3.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Located in Villa Grazia di Carini, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bioparco di Sicilia and Carburangeli Cave. Portobello - Le Gallerie del Risparmio and Carini Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).

€73
Hotel Palazzo Sitano

Hotel Palazzo Sitano

Via Vittorio Emanuele, 114, Palermo
4.0
of 5, from 177 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Castellammare Vucciria, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Garraffo Fountain, Regional Gallery, and Martorana. Church of San Cataldo and Regional Archaeological Museum are also within 15 minutes.

€86
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa

Via dei Cartari 18, Palermo
4.4
of 5, from 156 reviews
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Located in Kalsa, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Martorana, and Church of San Cataldo. Regional Gallery and Regional Archaeological Museum are also within 10 minutes.

€105
La Battigia B&B

La Battigia B&B

Via Litoranea Piani 137, Trabia
0.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Trabia bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Museo Motorismo Siciliano e Della Targa Florio, Church and Convent of Saint Mary of Jesus, and Civic Museum. Church St. Nicholas of Bari and Drago Artecontemporanea are also within 12 mi (20 km).

€113
Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel

Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo MGallery by Sofitel

Salita Belmonte 43, Palermo
4.1
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Situated in Palermo, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Palermo Arsenale and within 3 mi (5 km) of Renzo Barbera Stadium and Teatro Massimo. Regional Archaeological Museum and Regional Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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