Palermo

What to do

#1 HIRE A PRIVATE GUIDE - As you know, when on holiday, every minute counts. Palermo's history is ancient, intriguing and inspiring, having an expert guide giving you insights makes for a rewarding experience. You can tailor your experience to what you want to see.

 

#2 TAKE A STREET FOOD TOUR - Palermo's cuisine is a world on its own, and you should take a specific tour for this.

 

#3 BOTANICAL GARDENS - Extending for 10 hectares, the Botanical Garden of the University of Palermo is a huge open-air museum, it boasts over two hundred years of activity and houses a vast variety of plants.

 

#4 MONREALE'S CATHEDRAL - Just hop on the local bus for the 30-minute journey. The Cathedral of Monreale is a thirteenth-century church, apparently a church like any other. Once you enter, you will discover a wonder before your eyes.

#5 CAPUCHIN CATACOMBS - Skeletons and embalmed bodies. Absolutely unsuitable for an impressionable audience, the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo are one of the most disturbing places you can visit in your life.

 

#6 PUPPET MUSEUM ANTONIO PASQUALINO - It houses a splendid collection of 3,500 pieces from all over the world: puppets, shadows, props and posters are expertly displayed on the three floors of the former Hotel de France. Notable is the collection of puppets of the Sicilian and Neapolitan schools and the signature puppets made by artists such as Kantor, Baj and Guttuso. The museum represents one of the best museums of theatrical activity.

 

#7 MONDELLO'S BEACH - This strip of light sand, between Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo, lapped by turquoise waters and dotted with Art Nouveau villas provides a much needed restore from sightseeing.

Where to Stay

Palazzo Brunaccini

Palermo

Contemporary comforts hidden away in a historic palazzo in Palermo’s atmospheric Ballarò market

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Palazzo Natoli

Palermo

Aristocratic decor with modern touches and some rooms with wonderful city views

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Unico Boutique Hotel d’Arte

Palermo

A tranquil retreat with sea views from every room just outside the historic city of Palermo

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Multi-centre holidays including Palermo

To help you plan your holidays in Sicily, we have put together sample itineraries to inspire you to discover the most beautiful places to combine with Palermo.

 

And as always, we will also give you our best tips and tricks so you can make the most of what your trip offers. Also, you will also find the best choice accommodations in each location.

 

Here are our recommended itineraries for a 7 or 14-night holiday in Sicily!

Palermo, The Aeolian Islands And Taormina

Sicily three ways is a bustling city break, an island retreat and a chic hilltop town, all rolled into one car-free holiday.

£ 3250 per person - 14 nights

Palermo, The Aeolian Islands And Taormina

Sicily three ways is a bustling city break, an island retreat and a chic hilltop town, all rolled into one car-free holiday.

Car-Free Holidays

Western Sicily: Palermo And A Vineyard Stay

An ideal late summer break the Sicilian capital with the pristine beaches and vineyards of southwestern Sicily.

£ 1350 per person - 7 nights

Western Sicily: Palermo And A Vineyard Stay

An ideal late summer break the Sicilian capital with the pristine beaches and vineyards of southwestern Sicily.

Fly-Drive Holidays

Sicily Discovery: a 2-week fly-drive holiday

A whistle stop tour that combines the best of Sicily's culture, gastronomy and beach and city life

£ 2750 per person - 14 nights

Sicily Discovery: a 2-week fly-drive holiday

A whistle stop tour that combines the best of Sicily's culture, gastronomy and beach and city life

Fly-Drive Holidays

Palermo and the Countryside

The Madonie Mountain Park

A botanical paradise, with holly woods and superb corners where the gaze is lost among hills, rivers and peaks that reach up to 2000 meters. The Madonie Regional Natural Park, a mountain massif halfway between Catania and Palermo, is the ideal destination for spring and summer breaks.

 

On the Madonie, you can hike on the most well-equipped paths, birdwatching, horseback riding or mountain biking, visit caves and natural cavities, geological sites with fossils, and excursions along the waterways.

 

Besides enclosing dozens of hill-top villages with baroque churches and small museums, the Madonie Park is also a treasure trove of ancient and unforgettable flavors: sheep's milk ricotta, tastier in spring for the richness of the pastures, vegetable appetizers from organic gardens, pork, salami and sausages, cheese desserts.

 

Just over an hour from Palermo, Madonie Park is an excellent addition to a city break in Palermo.

Where to stay

Masseria Susafa

Sicily

Savour the authentic life of the Sicilian countryside, between the coast of Cefalu and the Madonie Mountains.

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