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Top attractions in Palermo

Top 9 things to do in Palermo

Palermo, Sicily is colorful, loud, historic, and never short of things to see and do! Adventure is palpable in this unique city. Be sure to squeeze these tourist sights in between the exploration.

  • Orto Botanico di Palermo

    1. Orto Botanico di Palermo

    This wonderland is not only a botanical garden, but also a prestigious research and educational facility belonging to the University of Palermo.

  • The Zisa

    2. The Zisa

    This Moorish castle derives its name from the Arab word “dear” or “splendid.” Completely unique to the region, the castle is a must-see with a fascinating history to explore.

  • 3. Stadio Renzo Barbera

    Football fans, rejoice! In Palermo, soccer is life. Catch your favorite team away from home or cheer with the locals.

  • Quattro Canti

    4. Quattro Canti

    Quattro Canti is some of the earliest urban planning in Europe. Four impressive Baroque buildings line the square, representing the 4 seasons, 4 Spanish kings and 4 patron saint.

  • Palazzo dei Normanni

    5. Palazzo dei Normanni

    It's the oldest royal residence in all of Europe. Today it is the seat of the regional parliament of Sicily, but the most impressive Arab-Byzantine rooms are open to tour.

  • Palermo Cathedral

    6. Palermo Cathedral

    The Palermo Cathedral was made for the architecture buff who will be able to spot Norman, Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical influence all in the same incredible structure.

  • Cappella Palatina

    7. Cappella Palatina

    This church is sometimes called the “palace church,” and it's nothing short of regal inside. Prepare to be awestruck gazing up at the Saracen arches covered in Byzantine mosaics.

  • Teatro Massimo

    8. Teatro Massimo

    Structurally celebrated for its perfect acoustics, Teatro Massimo is also the third largest opera house in all of Europe.

  • Catacombe dei Cappuccini

    9. Catacombe dei Cappuccini

    Creepy tourist destination or incredible historical document? These Palermo catacombs are sure to be memorable to say the least.

Planning Your Visit

  • Palermo Day Trips: Take a Bus to The Beach

    Palermo beaches are a must! Mondello is the nearest and easiest to reach by Palermo bus #806.

  • Walk Everywhere

    It’s true for most European cities, but especially Sicily’s regional capital. Start in the Old City; admire the architecture and take spontaneous breaks in the many squares.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    If you can wait, try to plan your visit for September, when the temperatures are more bearable, the summer crowds are dying down, but the water is still warm and pleasant.

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What people are saying about Palermo

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,893 reviews

Fabrizio was a great tour guide! He had a lot of knowledge and facts to share, even when we had questions that weren't part of the guided tour. There were also a lot of hidden gems he explained in detail that you would miss unless you had a tour guide explaining it to you. Also he recommended great places for us to eat afterwards as well!

This is an amazing town to visit and our guide, Marco, taught us all so much about the surrounding area. If you do one thing, this is what you should do.

Excellent experiences, with Sicilian foods and explanation of the history. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and kind. We enjoyed it very much.

Very good visit Our guide was fantastic She was very knowledgeable on history and very passionate A good experience

Our guide was great! We learned a lot about the history of Palermo while trying excellent local street food.