Palermo - Sicily Tourist Attractions

Sicily's economic, cultural, and tourism capital is none other than the City of Palermo. Its historical background, art, music, and food depict exemplary contributions.

Numerous tourists are attracted to some of the town's appealing Mediterranean climate, renowned gastronomy, and restaurants.

The area is also a living witness of Roman Catholicism with its Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau churches, palaces, and buildings.

Nightlife and music will also not make an exception in Palermo's existence.

Palermo was one of the biggest cities in the Mediterranean and Europe and is now among the top tourist destinations in Italy and the entire of Europe.

Palermo is the central seat of the (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Arab-Norman Palermo, and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalu and Monreale.

The city is also continuously enhancing its features through careful redevelopment, preparing to become one of the major cities of the Euro-Mediterranean area.

To make your vacation worthwhile in Palermo, here are some of our recommended fun-filled activities in the metro.

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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-Hour Ticket

Discover Palermo on an open-top, hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Start from the terminal outside the Politeama Theater, pass by the Massimo Theater, and continue your way to Piazza Quattro Canti and the Vucciria Market.

Pass by the botanical gardens near Palazzo Steri. After a momentary glance at the central station, find your way to the setting of the Royal Palace, going to the Flea Market and the Cathedral. Then head back to the terminal along the old route via Roma.

The second route will take you to the beautiful villas of Palermo. From the terminal outside the Politeama Theater, admire the gorgeous English Garden and continue towards Villa Malfitano and the wonderful Zisa Castle.

The tour passes near the Mercato del Capo and the Massimo Theater, towards the port, and then goes back to the terminal in Politeama Square.

Whole-day Escursion at Segesta, Erice, and Salt Pans

This popular 8-hour itinerary takes you to the most exciting sites of western Sicily.

Visit and explore Segesta, a Greek archaeological spot, with your local guide. Have your way to Nubia and the Salt Pans in Trapani. Admire the Sicilian coast and natural landscapes en route to the area and stop at Erice, a medieval hilltop town.

Enjoy spectacular views throughout the day. All the sites are relatively near Palermo, meaning you'll have plenty of time to explore each.

This itinerary is also known as the Elimians' Road, named for the Elimians. They were among the first inhabitants of this part of Sicily.

Monreale and Cefalu Half-Day Trip

Escape Palermo's hustling and bustling town on a half-day tour to Monreale and Cefalu.

Marvel at a Norman cathedral on the slopes of Monte Caputo and learn the Greek and Medieval history of one of Sicily's most beautiful towns.

Have the privilege to be picked up from the hotel or the port of Palermo and transferred to Monreale, where you will have 1 hour to tour around the Duomo. An official audio guide is included to learn the history of the 12th-century building, considered one of the most significant landmarks of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the south of Italy.

Then, drive along the north coast of Sicily en route to the beautiful town of Cefalù. Sit back, relax on the 1.5-hour journey, and go to the 12th-century Duomo on arrival. See traces of the Middle Ages at the Osteria Magno. Get panoramic views from the Porta Terra. Discover Greek and Arabic pottery in the Mandralisca Museum. Walk down some curving stone steps to a picturesque cluster of 16th-century wash basins at the Lavatoio.

NO Mafia Walking Tour

This guided walking tour will discover the most remarkable sights in Palermo from a unique angle.

Every stop is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the realities of the Mafia.

Meet your local guide and begin your mafia-themed adventure through the streets of Palermo.

On this tour, you will explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market "Il Capo," Piazza Della Memoria, known as the Memorial of those prosecutors and judges killed by the powerful Mafias.

Walk through sights like the Cathedral, the Piazza Beati Paoli, Piazza Magione, and the City Hall.

Meet vendors who avoided paying the Pizzo and subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign 'Pago chi non-Paga,' which means "I pay who does not pay." This campaign supports those that have decided to rebel against the Mafia.

End the tour at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, one of the oldest restaurants in Palermo, famous for its tasty street food.

Find out how the owners dared to speak out against extortion. Lunch is not included in the package tour.

Vintage Fiat 500 Sightseeing Tour

Explore Palermo in style on this guided tour in a vintage Fiat 500.

Learn about the vehicle and see historical pictures, local markets, beaches, and distinct communities. Drive along the coast and have some stopovers at certain places.

Drive around the historical museum of Palermo. Visit Quattro Canti, the Cathedral, and Teatro Massimo.

Explore on foot inside the three historical markets of the city, Vucciria, Capo, and Ballarò.

Continue touring around the coast from the old port of La Cala to the beach of Mondello. Alternatively, you can visit the Norman Cathedral of Monreale. However, entry tickets are not included in this package tour.

During the tour, stop by to taste some of Palermo's favorite street food or purchase a handcrafted souvenir item in Palermo.

Engage yourself in all the sounds, colors, and different city communities, giving you an authentic adventure with locals.

Enrich your day around Palermo by adding on different experiences. Choose to add a sunset boat experience or see the city from the sky on an old piper flight.

Traditional Food Tour at Palermo

Discover Palermo's traditions by savoring the best dishes at renowned restaurants in town.

Make unforgettable moments with an Italian culinary experience.

Cook and taste some Italian food such as, Panino with paneled and crocchè, Sfincione, Rice arancini, Pasta Alla Norma, Anelletti al Forno, Sicilian cannoli, Sicilian Granita, and Sicilian cassata.

Anti-Mafia Bike Tour

Find out how Palermo is healing from wounds of the past inflicted by Mafia violence that peaked with gruesome massacres in 1992 in this group bike tour.

Ride through the pedestrian areas of Palermo's historical town and along the bike paths that connect to the outskirts.

Hear about how anti-mafia campaigners were motivated to take collaborative efforts and actions.

Be inspired by how young individuals today are still determined to improve society and push for transformation by volunteering in grass-roots crusades like Addiopizzo and Libera.

Learn more about these causes and their tactics as you enjoy the bike ride through the city.

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