Tourism

Palermo

 

Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct atmosphere.

Numerous tourists are attracted for its good Mediterranean weather, its famous gastronomy and restaurants, its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and buildings, and its nightlife and music. The grandeur of many Palermo’s wonderful palaces and churches in the centre gives way to popular areas whose way of life does not fully belong to the 21st Century. This is particularly true for the markets, whose Arabic origins are still evident today thanks to their colours, smells, noise, narrow labyrinthine streets, the splendid array of food and other goods on display. Some parts of the old town centre have remained untouched since they were bombed during the war.

In 2015, Arab-Norman Palermo and its neighbouring cathedrals were granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This site is spread over thousands of hectares and includes nine monuments: the Zisa Palace, the Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel, Palermo Cathedral, the Palermitan Churches of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio and San Cataldo, the Admiral’s Bridge, and the cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalù.

Palermo was recently named “Capital of Culture 2018”.

Much further information can be found in the site of UNESCO-Palermo and in the tourism page of the municipality of Palermo. In particular, the latter provides useful information regarding to prices and opening times of the most important attractions.

Castelnuovo square
Castelnuovo square
Via della Libertà
Via della Libertà
Via Ruggero Settimo
Via Ruggero Settimo
Champagneria
Champagneria
Zisa Palace
Zisa Palace
San Cataldo Church
San Cataldo Church
Chiesa del Gesù (Casa Professa church)
Chiesa del Gesù (Casa Professa church)
San Francesco church
San Francesco church
Admiral’s Bridge
Admiral’s Bridge
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Cathedral of Monreale
Cathedral of Monreale
Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio church
Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio church
Cathedral of Cefalù
Cathedral of Cefalù
Cathedral of Palermo
Cathedral of Palermo
Palatine Chapel
Palatine Chapel
Massimo theatre
Massimo theatre
Quattro Canti
Quattro Canti
Capuchin Catacombs
Capuchin Catacombs
Orto Botanico
Orto Botanico
Steri Palace
Steri Palace
Mondello beach
Mondello beach
Cannoli and Cassate
Cannoli and Cassate
Street Food
Street Food
Pani ca meusa
Pani ca meusa