The Best Things to Do in Palermo

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Popular things to do in Palermo

Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Church
Cattedrale di Palermo
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Norman Palace ©
Architectural Building
Norman Palace
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
Catacombe dei Cappuccini ©
Cemetery
Catacombe dei Cappuccini
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz. During the Arab domination, which lasted from the ninth to the 11th centuries, Palermo became Europe's "city of delights," with numerous mosques and palaces. This is the beating heart of Sicily's tourism industry. Renowned for its fine restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and numerous examples of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architecture, Palermo often tops Europe's list of tourist destinations, offering countless things to do and see. Visitors will find that Palermo is a convenient starting point for their itinerary as they explore the entire island. When in town, enjoy the long stretch of the coastline for relaxing seaside, sailing, or engaging in a variety of water sports. Take a look at our Italy trip planning tool to refine the details of your trip to Palermo.

Side trips from Palermo

Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro ©
Wildlife Area
Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro Castellammare del Golfo
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Duomo di Monreale ©
Church
Duomo di Monreale Monreale
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tempio di Segesta ©
Ruin
Tempio di Segesta Calatafimi-Segesta
4.2
Duration: 6 hours

Hidden gems in Palermo

Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina
Church
Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Architectural Building
Palazzo Conte Federico
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Church of San Cataldo ©
Church
Church of San Cataldo
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Museo Archeologico Regionale ©
Art Museum
Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas"
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Palermo

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Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio ©
Church
Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Chiesa del Gesu
Church
Chiesa del Gesu
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
San Giuseppe dei Teatini ©
Religious Site
San Giuseppe dei Teatini
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Palermo

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Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio ©
Art Museum
Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Santuario Santa Rosalia ©
Specialty Museum
Santuario Santa Rosalia
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Museo Falcone - Borsellino ©
Specialty Museum
Museo Falcone - Borsellino
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Palermo

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Mercato Ballaro ©
Farmers Market
Mercato Ballaro
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
Cannatella ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cannatella
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cittacotte
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cittacotte
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Ceramiche Tre Erre ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Ceramiche Tre Erre
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mimmo Sicily Tours
Multi-day Tour
Mimmo Sicily Tours
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Mamma Corleone ©
Lesson / Workshop
Mamma Corleone
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Spiaggia di Mondello ©
Beach
Spiaggia di Mondello Mondello
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria) ©
Fountain
Fontana della Vergogna (Fontana Pretoria)
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

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