Palermo Travel Guide

  • Overviewing Palermo from Monreale
    Overviewing Palermo from Monreale
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Palermo Things to Do

  • Vucciria and other markets

    If you are anything close to foodie and you like cooking you cannot miss this place. The whole street is a endless line of smiths' workshops. Some of them are nowadays mainly re-seller but in a lot of them you can still watch the smith forging all kind of objects. Each and every shop is packed with item of all size and style hanging all over the...

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  • Cathedral

    This is a very intertestingand historical cathedral with different styles of architecture, including from Aragon, Spain (the portico of 3 arches), due to a long history of additions, alterations and restorations, the last of which occurred in the 18th century. When I visited it, during Christmas, there were representations of a Presepe (Belen in...

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  • Out of Palermo - Monreale

    The town was for a long time a mere village, and started its expansion when the Norman Kings of Sicily chose the area as their hunting resort, building here a palace (probably identifiable with the modern Town Hall).

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Palermo Hotels

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Palermo Restaurants

  • Specialities

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you like sweets you will be happy in Palermo. At every corner there is a bakery and inside every bakery there is a treasure of cannoli, pasta di mandorle, cassata and more. The best bakery will build your cannolo right there, in front of your eyes, they do not want the fried pastry dough shell to get soggy, so they keep it aside and add the...

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  • Antica Focacceria San Francesco

    4 out of 5 stars

    Opened in 1834, the Anticca Focacceria San Francesco is one of the city's oldest restaurants. It sells a wide range of authentic Sicilian cuisine, encompassing pastas, pizzas, seafoods - pretty much every speciality seems to be covered. They also offer a selection of dishes from around the world. The ground floor is a tavola calda - a fast food...

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  • Pizzottando

    This small pizza house was not far from our hotel... We had some walk in the direction of city center and it was just across the church of San Francesco Saverino. The waiter was a tipical Sicilian guy and helped us to choose a tipical Sicilian wine and pizza... I had pizza Siciliana and Lo had a pizza that named La faccia della vecchia (Old...

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Palermo Nightlife

  • Cruising Via dei Candelai

    Now that Palermo is served by lowcost carriers, you can expect a rise in the number of young men who fly in for a weekend of drunken revelry. The last time old Cliffie was in Palermo, he was sitting quietly in a bar in the Via dei Candelai, reading Il Gattopardo – well, it's what you do in Sicily, isn't it? – when half a dozen rowdy English...

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  • Arabic - Oriental Atmosphere

    This is a pub which serves cocktails, wines and some appetizers. The atmosphere is cosy and relaxed. If you seat outside you will seat on soft pillows in an oriental-like atmosphere. no dress cose but if you're too casual people may be staring at you ;)

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  • There are so many places to go.. just...

    Chatoulle's and Malù are two pubs where you can order almost anything. Drinks are well done and sometimes strong and they cost 5 euro each. Here I usually order red wine!!These pubs are near Piazza Sturzo and they are open almost everyday but Chatoulle's closes on Tuesday. No dress code but as usual I'd wear something cool :))

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Palermo Transportation

  • Train

    Palermo is connected by trains to all the major destinations in Sicily, such as Taormina, Catania and Siracusa. For some destinations it is necessary to change trains. From Rome there are some direct trains for Palermo via Naples. the trip lasts 11 to 13 hours. For times please consult the Trenitalia site or call the green number 89 20 21.

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  • Car/Motor Home

    The big plus by traveling with car is having the opportunity to stop anywhere on the road, see different places while traveling, thake as many fotos as possible. So if you come from Taormina zone - takethe A18 highway up to Catania and continue on A19 Palermo-Catania up to destination (260 Km). From Agrigento: take Statale 189 which travels...

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  • Ship/Boat

    It is a convenient way to get to Palermo and bring your car along. There are two companies offering the connection services: Grandi Navi Veloci offers three connections: .From Genoa, daily, duration: 20 h. From Livorno (Leghorn) three times a week; duration: 19 h. From Rome Civitavecchia, daily; duration: 12 h. Tirrenia connects Palermo and...

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Palermo Shopping

  • old market bargain concept transformed...

    Portobello is a kind of shopping mall located in a village called Carini, just few kilometers by car from Palermo. Apparently the place is not well kept like a modern shopping mall, let's say it is an old style mall. It has about 20 shops where you can find everything at very low prices, branded italian clothing included. Reaching that place is not...

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  • Handmade bag and other leather stuff

    I saw this particular shop in the street across from via dei Calderai. What attracted me was the colorful display and the accuracy of every details. I lured the window for awhile and than went in to see better all those wonderful and colorful belts, bags and other leather objects.The two owners hand make every item on display and they can build you...

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  • Clothes

    Small shop in my favourite location in the city.Full of Tommy Hillfigure and similar brands, the staff are friendly but its exspensive. They have lots of polo shirts in many colours and brands. A tad more than average

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Palermo Local Customs

  • Meals and drinks

    Palermo presents an impresive range of fresh fishes . While being in Sicily I ate all my lunch at a friend mom's home, and later on I was trying to find the recipes of whatever she was making. The fresh fishes are easy to cook, the lunch is not complicated, and the taste is simply perfect. Here are some of the recipes: Sicilian Salmon...

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  • Daily life

    Coming from the UK I know how it feels when you go on holiday and as soon as it gets a little bit hot you need to put your flip flops on and a skimpy little vest top. Well they don't do that in Palermo, I know what you're thinking - that's because they're used to the heat - but really it's more of a dress code, flip flops are for the beach and vest...

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  • History

    Back in the 1950s the Piazzale Ungheria in the centre of Palermo was the place to be seen as you sipped an espresso. It was here, at one of the cafés under the arcade, that Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote 'Il Gattopardo' (The Leopard), a rich tale of the decline of Sicilian aristocracy set against the background of Italian unification. The...

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Palermo Warnings and Dangers

  • Playing safe

    Although things are said to have improved greatly with regard to crime in Palermo, there really is nothing to be gained from being complacent. Crowded areas like the markets will always attract pickpockets, take extra care with your valuable there and in situations such as crowded buses. Exploring the narrow streets can be a delight but keep your...

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  • Sicily 1968

    Having lived in Japan, old Cliffie has experienced quite a few earth tremors. But he will never forget the first earthquake he felt, at 11 o'clock one Thursday morning, as he taught a class of teenage Sicilian girls. As he felt the floor tremble, he turned to look out of the fifth-floor window at the building across the street, which was gently...

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  • city centres

    Palermo is an interesting city to visit as long as you reasonabl on your guard. In the market places, keep wallets out of sight, and dont carry cameras in sight of others. Dont stand around looking at tourist maps(you're obviously a tourist and looking to be robbed).Ladies --- if you've got to carry bags, use those you can put across your shoulder...

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Palermo Tourist Traps

  • Lipari

    Lipari, you don´t really need to go there, it´s full of tourist and I didn´t really discovered something special ! The famous White Beach: all you can see is a ruin of a house and of corse the beach (I wouldn´t say that is something special) There are some tours around Lipari, possible interesting, just try it.

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  • Avoid counting your money out in the...

    Avoid counting your money out in the streets because there is a high risk that you wil be robbed.Hold your bags tide on you, and don't leave zips open. It is as if you invite someone to put his hand in and get your belongings.Avoid walking in remote streets alone in the evening.

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  • Restaurants to be avoided

    Foro Umberto I goes along the sea, eastward from the port to Via Marine. It is a beautiful way, at sunset shadows and fresco are inviting for a walk. Both Foro Umberto and Via Marine are plenty of small restaurants with tables in the open. They look nice and even naïve. Remember that they may not be so nice as they look. Abusing of their wonderful...

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Palermo What to Pack

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    Make sure, you have a bottle of water, some small change and suntan lotion. All 3 are essential. It's blazzing hot from early morning, and the little shop's from which to buy water will probably not have change. The rough guide to Sicily! You will get losed in Palermo! You must have a half decent map on arrival. It is full of essential info on...

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  • Packing List

    If you have nowhere to stay, travel light in the summer - you really don't want to be lugging yourstuff around on a summers day, plus clothes etc are cheap and there are loads of markets.. If you are going in the summer remember that in the city alot of people still dress more formally than at the beach - if you go wandering round the cathedral in...

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Palermo Off The Beaten Path

  • The International Puppet Museum

    We were not able to find a puppet show to attend and so this became the next best thing. This is a remarkable exhibit of a preserved "popular tradition". There are hundreds of marionettes & hand puppets of Italian and other venues both recent and ancient one as well as colorful backdrops, stages, etc. There are puppets of other continents such as...

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  • Vucciria

    We wandered around the market for a while but it was near the end of the morning so traders were starting to pack up. Compared with the little shops we had used in Cefalu, the quality of fruit and vegetables was excellent and the prices were cheap.

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  • Cattacombe dei Cappuccini

    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...

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Palermo Sports & Outdoors

  • Forza Palermo!

    Like everyone in Italy, the Palermitani take their football seriously, especially now that their team is back at the top level of Italian soccer and plays againsts the famous teams from Rome, Milan and Turin. Even if you don't go to a match, you can sense something of the fervour and the passion if you stand on Via Roma after a game and watch as...

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  • Football match

    The main reason for our visit to Palermo was to go to the UEFA Cup match between the home team and Newcastle United. The game took place at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in one of the city's suburbs. The the stadium holds 26,600 spectators though was by no means full on our visit, and the setting is lovely, with steep hills rising up behind the stands....

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  • I Rosaneri

    Undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to Palermo/Sicily is a trip to the spectacular Stadio Renzo Barbera known locally as La Favorita and here on a Sunday afternoon from September to April you can see the mighty Rosaneri play. For years they were one of the worst teams in the world, I can remember Seria C2, but now it's a completely different...

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Palermo Favorites

  • Cattacombe dei Cappuccini

    Capuchin Catacombs are without a doubt one of the most interesting, intriguing and gruesome tourist spots in the world. This place, which is sometimes referred to as the Museum of Death, contains some 8000 mummified bodies that date back to the 16th century. These bodies line the walls of the Catacombs, which is located directly underneath the...

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  • Markets

    Maybe buying foish is not so easy as buying vegetables, but the street market is a good place to try your skills. Usually, fish is sold in the same day so it should be fresh and, if it is not, at least you may examine the product before choosing. .... until new stupid and overprotective "hygiene" rules will pretend to better defend the consumers...

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  • Faces of the city

    Important families use to have their own palace in the city centre (and maybe a place in the countryside, where they grew agricultural products). Many of these palaces now would deserve better maintenance, but resources are not always enough. As you may know, many people left Sicily a couple of hundrfeds year ago and establish themselves in...

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Palermo

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

IItalian cuisine is world-renowned, but the country's culture appreciates sitting and lounging over a meal, so though their pizza and gelato have a serious corner on the "To Go" food market, the Italian street food scene is surprisingly lacking. However, one VirtualTourist member was extremely passionate that her best street food experience was in Palermo, Sicily. Of the city's fried delicacies, our member recommended arancini (fried rice balls stuffed with meat sauce and cheese), crocche (Fried potato balls), panelle (friend chick peas pancake), and cardoni (fried cardoon), with panelle and cardoni as her favorites for their sour aftertaste. A typical Palermitano snack is "panino con la milza," or spleen sandwiches, available plain or "maritata," meaning with cheese. In addition to these specialties, it's still a great spot to get classic quick Italian foods like coffee granita, Sicilian pizza, gelato, and cannolis.

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