Destination:

Palermo

Palermo

Capital of the beautiful region of Sicily, Palermo is a fascinating hidden gem and a busy port city that brims with energy. Continuously changing, this city has reclaimed its place among Europe’s cultural cities. Palermo is full of sights and treasures, from Baroque churches and glorious Norman-Gothic architecture to Art Nouveau villas and lively markets the flamboyant spirit of Palermo can be found down every corner of the city's chaotic streets.

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Palazzo dei Normanni

The former royal palace of King Roger II in the 1100’s, Palazzo dei Normanni is one of the most famous sights in Palermo. Dating back to the 9th century, the palace owes its current appearance to the embellishments realized by the Normans: covered in dazzling Byzantine mosaics, the Arab-Norman architecture is a symbol of the political and cultural union operated by the Normans. Check out the stunning Palatine Chapel

Adress
Piazza Indipendenza
Palatine Chapel

The royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily, Cappella Palatina is the finest example of the Arab-Norman art in the city. Every inch is a jubilation of craftmanship, from the golden mosaics covering the walls, to the marble floors and carved, wooden ceilings. The chapel is located inside the Normans Palace (Palazzo dei Normanni) and there's likely a queue at the entrance, so try to get here at the opening in the morning.

Adress
Piazza Indipendenza
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.

Adress
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.

Adress
Via dei Cassari 35
Vucciria Market

Vucciria Market is one of the historical markets of Palermo. Some stalls selling fresh sea food, meat, vegetables and creative handmade crafts can still be found, but not as many as in the past. On the other hand,plenty of stalls selling the most traditional street food and the decadent beauty of this area of the city still fill the streets of Vucciria. Try the boiled octopus seasoned only with freshly squeezed lemon juice and stop for aperitivo at Taverna Azzurra.

Adress
Piazza Carraciolo, Piazza San Domenico and side streets, Castellammare
Forum Palermo

With 120 stores, Forum Palermo is the biggest shopping mall 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.

Adress
Via Pecoraino, Roccella

Palermo International Airport

Palermo Falcone-Borsellino International Airport 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 (www.prestiaecomande.it), on the bus and at the ticket office at the airport (next to the Arrivals and the bus stop). There is also a train connecting the Central Station of Palermo with Punta Raisi, where the airport is located: check the timetable on the website of the Italian train company: www.trenitalia.com. 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'd like to rent a car.

Adress
Punta Raisi, Cinisi, Palermo

Passport/Visa

Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.