Palermo travel guide
Palermo, home to 700,000 people, is located in the south of Italy and is the largest city in Sicily. This historic city, the fifth most populous city in Italy, awaits its guests with its thousands of years of history and local cuisine. Let’s check out the Palermo travel guide!
Accommodation in Palermo
There is no advice I can give you in this regard. In fact, there is no need for such a recommendation because the city is not too big and you can easily reach the tourist places wherever you stay in the city. Visit online booking sites and choose the right hotel by considering the comments.
Access to Palermo
If you come by air, your first stop will be the Falcone-Borsellino airport. But instead of coming directly to this beautiful city, you may have come on a tour with a few Italian cities. In this case, you will have a bus journey and your first stop in the city will be the platforms right next to the Palermo Centrale station. From there, you can go to the hotel by taxi. In this not too big city, taxi fares will not disappoint you.
Public transportation in Palermo
Just like in many European cities, there are also subway and bus options. But I must say that the metro network is not very common. It is possible to reach all parts of the city by buses. The bus fare is 1,50 euros, and once you have used your ticket, you can spend as much as you want for next 90 minutes.
Beaches in Palermo
Palermo has wonderful beaches and it is easy to reach these beaches from the city center. You can get to the Mondello area by taking bus no. 806 in the city center. You can reach Mondello, which is 10 kilometers away, in 45 minutes and enjoy a wonderful sea view. It’s free to enter the public beaches but you’ll have to pay for sunbeds and umbrellas.
Places to see in Palermo
You should definitely add the following places to the list of must see in Palermo.
– Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele
– Quattro Canti
– San Giuseppe di Teatini Church
– Piazza Pretoria
– St. Caterina church
– Cathedral of Palermo
– Norman Palace
– Cappella Palatina
– San Domenico e Chiostro Church
– Teatro Politeama Garibaldi
Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele
Massimo theater is one of Italy’s most important theaters and has been in operation since 1897. Drawing attention with its architecture, this theater is located in the Verdi Square. The famous scene of The Godfather series was shot on the steps of this theater.
Quattro Canti, located in the Vigliena square, is a name for four buildings on this square. Built in the seventeenth century, the fountains are striking in these four buildings.
Cathedral of Plaumo
Built in the twelfth century, this historic cathedral is the most important religious symbol and largest church in the city. You should not leave the city without seeing this cathedral, which is almost 1000 years old and has an interesting architecture. The entrance to the cathedral is free, but you will have to pay to enter the small museum where the sarcophagi are located.
Catacombe di Cappuccini
However you’ve visited several museums in the cities you’ve already been in, you might be seeing something like this for the first time. There are mummies in this museum and some of them are almost 600 years old. The mummification of corpses was enacted in Italy until 1920, but after this date, it was banned. The youngest body in the museum was also mummified in 1920 and belonged to a girl. While it is forbidden to take photographs in the museum, it is possible to take pictures in secret.
If you want to know more about Palermo, you can visit the YouTube channel of Jean Paul, who is the owner of the following video and is Palermo’s most famous guide.
If you like to see a birds-eye view of the cities you go to, you should climb this mountain. Buses from the city center take you to the peak of the mountain in 20 minutes and you can take the most panoramic photographs of Palermo.
Nightlife in Palermo
Like other Italian cities, Palermo also has a colorful nightlife. A different alternative that I can recommend to you is a “night outdoors”. In Ballaro and Vucciria, people are gathering for the night and enjoying so much fun in these open air squares. For a different night, you can choose to stop by these places instead of going to the bar.
What to eat in Palermo?
Palermo is also noted for its Italian cuisine as well as its history. One of the most important parts of this trip will be restaurants. In this country famous for pasta, pizza and meat dishes, you can find all the delicacies you are looking for in Palermo.
Cannoli, Sicilian cassata, arancini, gnocchi, squid grill and olive oil spaghetti should definitely be tried. If I have to suggest a place, you can opt for the rather famous Osteria Ai Cascinari and Antica Focacceria San Francesco.
Final Tips for Palermo
– Very few speak English.
– You can walk in this straight city for hours.
– If you have time, watch an opera at Teatro Massimo.
– If you are curious about Sicily, you are the right place for it!
– It’s a safe city. Yes, the mafia is still there, but it’s almost impossible to come across them in the city center.
– Do not ask the city people questions about the mafia. They do not like to talk about it.
– Two days is enough to visit the city.
– Summer is getting hot in the city. The best season to visit may be autumn.