Palermo is a fascinating hidden gem, the capital of the beautiful region of Sicily and a busy port city that brims with energy! It is a city that changes continually and has reclaimed its place among Europe’s cultural cities. Palermo is full of sights and treasures, from Baroque churches and glorious historic buildings to modern Sicilian restaurants. This is the city where the welcoming and kind-hearted Italians will invite you with open arms!

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Palazzo dei Normanni

Palazzo dei Normanni is one of the most famous sights in Palermo which was the former royal palace of King Roger II in the 1100’s. Covered in dazzling Byzantine mosaics (akin to those in the church of the Martorana and in the Monreale Cathedral), this Arab-Norman architectural edifice is a symbol of the political and cultural union operated by the Normans.

Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo

This little town with a population of 30,000 lies in the mountains southwest of Palermo. Its postcard-perfect views are only rivaled by the Norman Catedrale di Monreale, Italy’s largest medieval building which holds 6,000 square meters of Byzantine art.

Monreale, Palermo
Osteria dei Vespri

Osteria dei Vespri is situated in the ancient heart of Palermo. The kitchen is led by Alberto Rizzo, whose purpose is to valorize traditional products. The wine cellar, has more than 600 labels, selected among the most interesting Italian and foreign producers.

Piazza Croce dei Vespri, 6
Gagini Restaurant

Gagini Restaurant claims to be a "social restaurant", meaning that they mix food with art, music and fashion. Romantic lit candles and fresh flowers on the tables set the mood in this open and inspiring venue. If you desire something different from a “Social Dinner” don’t miss their great atmosphere and perfect space for a dinner, either for two, a group of friends, family or business.

Via dei Cassari, 35
Vucciria Market

Vucciria Market is one of the most popular markets in Palermo. From fresh sea food, meat and vegetables to creative handmade crafts, Vucciria Market will always be full of diverse and interesting products making it a very popular destination not just for tourists but also for the locals alike.

Piazza San Domenico, Palermo
Forum Palermo

With 120 stores, Forum Palermo is considered as one of the biggest shopping malls in Palermo. It has many luxurious boutiques, restaurants, services and other establishments making it a favourite shopping destination of many tourists. Shops such as Guess, H&M, Timberland, United Colors of Benetton, Pandora, Swarovski and Adidas, are all housed here.

Localita Roccella via Pecoraino, Palermo

Palermo International Airport

Palermo International Airport, also called Falcone–Borsellino, is located 35 kilometres (20 miles) from Palermo. With the bus company Prestia e Comandè, you can get to the city centre of Palermo from the aiport. The bus runs between 05.00 and 00.15 and from 06.30 the bus runs every 30 minutes. The tickets can be bought online (, on the bus and at the ticket office at the airport (next to the Arrivals and the bus stop). The airport taxi service is on the exit Arrivals Area and they are coordinated with the timetable of the arrival flights. Car rental companies such as Avis, Hertz, Europecar and Sixt are all located in the Arrivals Hall of the airport if you would like to rent a car. There is also an information desk outside the arrivals area if you would need any further help.

Palermo International Airport, Palermo

Public Transport

Use the AMAT network of buses and trams to get around the city. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes and can be bought from tobacco vendors, some newsagents or at the AMAT kiosk at Piazza Ruggero Séttimo and Stazione Centraleà. You need to stamp the ticket in the machines that are located near the entrances of the vehicle when boarding. The tram system operates four lines in Palermo and is an easy way to get around. AMAT also run night buses, while Trenitalia manage the train network. AMAT: +39 091 350111 Trenitalia Sicily: +39 091 6170224