Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.
Old TownHistoric tourThe Old Town is composed of four different city quarters: Kalsa, Albergheria, La Loggia and Il Capo, with Kalsa being the most well-known. Following the Second World War, this district became a stronghold for the Mafia. It has, however, been making a comeback since the 1980s and is nowadays considered safer than many city centres in northern Italy. The Old Town's central square is the Quattro Canti, which is the crossroads between Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda. It is a good idea to explore the city from the top deck of a tour bus.
Mondello BayFor nature-loversMondello Bay is probably the most beautiful beach within the vicinity of Palermo. A fine sand beach with turquoise waters, inviting you to bathe in the sun and the sea. Mondello Bay is located 10 kilometres west of Palermo. The beach is highly popular with locals and tourists alike and is very lively in summer. The easiest way to get to the beach is with the bus 806.
Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace)Seat of parliamentThe Royal Palace, also known as the Norman Palace, is situated at the highest point of the oldest part of the city. Initially built as a military stronghold, it was gradually converted into a royal palace and centre of power. Today the palace is the seat of the Sicilian parliament. This section is only open to the public via guided tour. However, the main entrance and inner courtyard with Renaissance arcades are worth a visit on your own.Piazza Indipendenza, 1
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Monte PellegrinoFor nature-loversMonte Pellegrino dominates the city of Palermo and is situated around 4 kilometres from the centre. This 606-metre-high hill is now a nature reserve, providing protection for the caves that contain Stone Age rock paintings. The hill has been a major site of pilgrimage since the 17th century. Goethe described Monte Pellegrino as the “most beautiful promontory in the world”. An excursion here is a welcome distraction from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Sant Giovanni degli Eremiti churchNo trip to Palermo is complete without a visit to this church. It is located near the Norman Palace in the historical city centre. The church is an architectural highlight, built in three different eras: Byzantine, Arabian and Norman. The construction of the church began in 1130 under Roger II, King of Sicily, and was completed in 1143.Via dei Benedettini, 16
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La VucciriaInto the hustle and bustleAs you walk towards the harbour along Via Roma, by Piazza San Domenico, the noise increases: you know that you've arrived in the Vucciria streets. The market was made famous by the painting “La Vucciria” by the Sicilian painter Renato Guttuso. Once you’ve become accustomed to the volume of noise and swarms of people, you're ready to enjoy authentic Palermo. You can buy (almost) anything here, and there is are a fair share of restaurants and bars.Off Via Roma
Mercato del CapoArabic influencesThe Mercato Capo is one of the oldest markets in Sicily and takes place every day. The Arabic influences of the past are still in evidence today, for example, the assorted oriental clothing. Simply stroll along Via Raimondi through the many stalls and breathe in the various aromas – citrus fruits, spices, exotic fragrances and fresh fish.Via Francesco Raimondi
Ceramiche Tre ErreFinest craftsmanshipIf you’re looking for ceramics and you like the art of majolica, you've come to the right place. This is a beautiful shop selling assorted decorative objects, where all goods are made and painted by hand. You may have to dig a little deeper into your pockets, but there are also many less expensive works of art that are also bound to look good at home.Emerico Amari 49
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TirennaMen's fashionA men's outfitters for leisurewear or smart, classic or modern, shirts, trousers, shoes, accessories – in fact, pretty much everything. Brands include Trussardi, Calvin Klein, Bugatti, Harmont & Blaine, Paul von Bridge, Egon von Fürstenberg, Webb & Scott, Vincent and Geox, to name but a few. What's more, many of the price tags still remain affordable.Viale Strasburgo 129/a
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Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio SalinasHistoric treasuresThe Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas presents a collection of archaeological finds, which largely originate from western Sicily, and which date from prehistory to the late Roman era. The museum is housed in a former monastery with two charming inner courtyards and arcades. The archaeologist Antonio Salinas contributed significantly to the growth of the museum collection, which is why the name of the museum has been dedicated to him.Piazza Olivella, 24
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Galleria d’Arte ModernaModern artThis gallery primarily displays Sicilian landscape paintings, for example, those by Antonio Leto. Other 19th century works include sculptures by Mario Rutelli and Antonio Ugo. 20th century artists are also represented, with works including a self-portrait by Renato Guttuso. 214 selected works, 176 paintings and 38 sculptures are waiting to be discovered. Many art connoisseurs consider this to be the best collection of modern Italian art.Via Sant'Anna, 21
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Teatro MassimoItaly's biggest opera houseTeatro Massimo is the largest opera house in Italy and the third largest in Europe. Constructed by Giovanni Battista Filippo Basile and his son Ernesto Basile, this impressive structure features Historicist design elements. The imposing interior has a monumental staircase with two lion sculptures and a large cupola. Operas, ballets and concerts are held here today. The teatro was also used as a setting in “The Godfather – Part III” by Francis Ford Coppola.Piazza Verdi
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