Alla Kala

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 71, Palermo, 90133, Italy
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Safety around the port

by tbalfanz

We will be arriving in Palermo port mid Oct. at 6:30 AM from Naples.
Since we cannot drop our luggage, two rollaboards, until 9 am, we thought we would have a coffee and then walk the 20 minutes to our B&B.
Is this safe. The B&B is directly down Via Emerico Amari.

Re: Safety around the port

by domenicococozza

I should think, by the time you have disembarked, it's going to be 7.30am.
Palermo will be starting it's rush hour and there will be a lot of people around. I doubt if anyone will take any notice of you. Just use common sense, and keep your luggage with you at all times.

Re: Safety around the port

by domenicococozza

Just re-read your post. I thought you were on a cruise - obviously not. Same rules apply, it just means you will disembark a lot quicker.

Re: Safety around the port

by Marianne2

I agree with Dom that you shouldn't have a problem. I was there most recently in spring, on a cruise ship that stayed two days. I walked (often by myself) between the port and the various areas of downtown at least 6-8 times during daylight, and had no problems at all. If I recall correctly, Amari is one of the major streets, which I would stick to rather than back alleys -- as in any big city. Palermo is quite nice, with lots to see, and I'm looking forward to another Sicily visit just as soon as I have time. Have fun!

Re: Safety around the port

by mccalpin

According to the grandistazioni.it website (this is the company that runs the 13 largest stations in Italy, including Palermo Centrale), the Left Luggage office ("Deposito Bagagli") opens at 6 a.m in the station, so you do have the option of leaving your stuff there for 3.80 euro (each) for the first 5 hours.

On the other hand, I have to agree with the others that you are unlikely to have a problem, if you keep your "New York" face on (i.e., "don't mess with me, because we know what we're doing" ;-) ). Thieves in Italy - who are unfortunately a nuisance - would much rather pick your pockets than steal your rollaboards full of your dirty underwear ;-)

Bill

Travel Tips for Palermo

La Cuba fortress

by extrajoce

This fortress is a brilliant illustration of the Norman power, which they yielded from this once superb capital. The visit inside offers interesting information and shows the talent of the architects, along with giving a good idea of the medieval life of the time. Located in the north of the city's center, it may seem a bit hard to find but it definitely worth looking for.

The Capuchin Catacombs is...

by Bgem

The Capuchin Catacombs is something to se if you are interested in mumified or emlamed bodies and the art. It was scary to visit at first and those who have a weak stomach are suggested not to go. Macabre, and yet awesome, this most unusual site represents a custom that was deeply rooted in the traditions of Palermo's wealthy society. One of the most surprising human remin in the catacombs is that of Rosalia Lombardo which looks real even though she was emblamed in 1920 and looks like she is sleeping peacefully.

The best museum in town

by hquittner

Even if going to Museums is not your thing, this is a good place to start. First it is situated in a fine old religious building (with 2 cloisters) Second it has many of the Antiquities of W. Sicily that could not be properly preserved where they were found, third this high quality. If you go be sure to find where rooms 9-14 are and be sure they are open. Then go to see them, especially if you have been to Selinunte. We missed them either from ignorance or because they were closed(out of season and not enough attendants? perverseness of museum policies). Incidentally photography IS permitted (I think). This bronze sculpture has been the most admired work in the collection for centuries. I have others but you should see for yourself. They did not provide maps or appear to sell a catalog.

Historical theme park

by CliffClaven

Sicily is like a historical theme park, with its Greek temples at Agrigento, Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina and Norman cathedrals in Palermo and Monreale. But amid all the splendour and glory of the successive ages of Sicily, the best is perhaps the simplest: Antonello da Messina's incomparable painting of the Annunciation in the National Museum in Palermo. Old Cliffie always makes a point of visiting the museum to look at the painting whenever he is in Sicily.

Cider with Rosalia

by CliffClaven

They say you never forget your first love, and that is perhaps why Sicily has always held a special place in old Cliffie's memory. It was the first foreign place he ever lived. After a three-day train ride from the cold autumnal gloom of northern Europe, he walked out of the station in Palermo on a warm October evening into a bewildering world of staring silence and strange cries, dark half-shadows and vivid colours.

It was a formative time in old Cliffie's life, when he discovered the Italians' ambivalent attitude to women as Madonna and Whore. A time when he would accompany a girl on her evening passeggiata, brother or sister five paces behind, and hear whispered revelations of family oppressions, suppressed desires and lingering hopes. A time when he would lie on a hillside with a Sicilian girl and her tumbling black hair, lazily watching lizards as they timidly ventured across dusty paths.

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