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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.
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.
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.
This family-friendly Palermo hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palermo Harbour and Favorita Park. Renzo Barbera Stadium and Teatro Massimo are also within 3 miles (5 km).
This family-friendly Albergheria hotel is located in the historical district, steps away from Via Maqueda, Church of San Cataldo and Martorana. Cathedral of Palermo and Teatro Massimo are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Ruggero Settimo, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Roma, Regional Archaeological Museum, and Teatro Massimo. Church of San Cataldo and Martorana are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Palermo, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Palermo Harbour, Teatro Massimo and Regional Archaeological Museum. Renzo Barbera Stadium and Regional Gallery are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Kalsa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Vittorio Emanuele, Church of San Cataldo, and Martorana. Regional Gallery and Regional Archaeological Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Kalsa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Vittorio Emanuele, Regional Gallery, and Church of San Cataldo. Martorana and Regional Archaeological Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Ruggero Settimo, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Roma, Regional Archaeological Museum, and Teatro Massimo. Church of San Cataldo and Martorana are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Ruggero Settimo, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Via Roma, Teatro Massimo, and Regional Archaeological Museum. Church of San Cataldo and Martorana are also within 1 mile (2 km).