Hotel Columbia Palermo

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Via del Celso 43, Palermo, 90143, Italy
Hotel Columbia Palermo
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Getting to the train station

by hydrorama

Would like to take the train from Palermo to Cefalu and was wondering exactly where the station was located in Palermo. What would be the best way to get there from the port? (we are arriving on a cruise-ship) Is it possible to walk?

Thanks in advance,


Re: Getting to the train station

by Maryimelda

The train station is within walking distance of the port. You need to get the train to Cefalu from Palermo Centrale and trains leave quite often and take about 45 minutes. There are about 6 trains to Cefalu between 7am and Noon every day, just to give you an idea. I don't know what time you are intending to travel, but they do go all day.

Re: Getting to the train station

by hydrorama

Thanks Mary! Do you know what street the station is located on?

Thanks again,


Re: Getting to the train station

by Maryimelda

If memory serves me correctly it is on Via Maqueda or somewhere close to it.

Re: Getting to the train station

by halfdeaf

find via Roma and walk south it leads straight to the train station.

Travel Tips for Palermo


by kedi+

Our hotel was very near to Palermo University... So whilst walking down to historical center I've taken a photo... There are no students around since it's an official holiday in Italy... "Anniversary of foundation of Italian Republic"

Greek perfection

by TheWanderingCamel

Palermo makes a great base for exploring the western part of Sicily. Lots of places are within easy reach for a day trip so whether you have your own transport or are using public transport to get around you could certainly see some more of Sicily before you leave.

If a little bit of Greek Classicism takes your fancy, Segesta's Doric temple and theatre complex is about as good as it gets. Although it was never finished, the temple remains one of the most perfectly preserved in all the ancient world. With its 36 Doric columns, entablature and geisons (gables) all but completely intact and set in a truly idyllic lposition among hills and fields it's beautiful from any angle, but the best views of all is to be had from the road that winds up the hill to the theatre on the other side of the valley. A shuttle bus does the run up to the theatre, which is also in excellent condition.

It's easy to get to Segesta if you have your own transport. Whether you take the autostrada (the A29 to Tapani) or minor roads via Monreale and Alcamo, the scenery along the way on both routes is wonderful. The aurostrada's a bit longer (about 70km), the other route is shorter (50km) but much slower. Doing the trip as a loop you could visit Monreale in the morning and move on to Segesta after lunch - what a nice day that would be.

The isolation of the site makes access by public transport a little difficult, though by no means impossible and, realistically, Segesta would have to be your sole destination that day. There are no direct buses but there are 3 trains a day and the temple's a 20 minute walk from the station. Timetables to and from Segesta may help you decide whether to do it this way or book a day trip. Pack a picnic or eat at the restaurant at the site.


by patrikske

The cathedral was first begun in the 12th century. Originally designed as a Byzantine structure that was later renovated as a Mosque to provide a place of worship for the Islamic influence on this island. Later with Christian influence and construction that spanned hundreds of years the cathedral took shape as an enormously impressive, and aesthetically intriguing structure. The Gothic facade (which took more than 200 years to complete) is awesome !

Palazzo dei Normanni & Cappella Palatina

by hquittner

The chapel is part of the palace. Both were begun by the Saracens in the 9C and remodelled, expanded and finished by Roger when he became King in 1130. Originally there was a complex of buildings which he fused over time. The Spanish touched it up too. Even General Patton enjoyed living in it in WW II. The mosaic work is of 1140 like at the Matorana. (Monreale mosaics are from the 1180's). Others on the side walls of the nave are 13C. The display is overwhelming but more compact than Monreale. This is the pulpit seen as you enter and to its right a stupendous carved candlestick. Do not walk by it and miss it, as you are swept away by the rest. The colorful display prompted us to make a Travelog from the numerous pictures

Palermo, caput mundo di Sicilia...

by kedi+

"Last minute flight to Palermo..."

Me and Lorenzo were in Sicilia for the weekend+monday... We took "last minute" flight to the island.. I was dreaming to go to Isola d'Elba but when we went to travel agency they said that to have a vacation there, you have to book months before..
Luckily we found this Sicilia opportunity and spent 3 days in Palermo and around.. I enjoyed and learnt alot from the trip... What I learnt basicly is how difficult to drive on Palermo streets... Miiiii!!!!!! 8)))

Btw I like south Italy accent.... Che buoni cannnnnnnnnnoliiii! 8)))


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