Hectic, colourful and extremely charismatic, Palermo is an excellent introduction to Sicily. While a sense of faded grandeur, crumbling aristocratic palazzi and the atmospheric Ballarò and Vucciria markets are all part of the city’s appeal, opera has been restored to its former glory at the magnificent Teatro Massimo and contemporary art galleries are fast gaining recognition on the international art scene.

With almost everything within walking distance in Palermo, you only need to hop on a bus to visit the extraordinary Norman Cathedral in Monreale or to spend the day soaking up the rays on the Palermitans’ favourite beach at Mondello.

Take an excursion to Cefalu', this small seaside village, an hour by rail from Palermo, is a real gem and offers an enviable panorama.


A B&B House-Museum tracing the tradition of Italian majolica from the 1500s to the late 1800s thanks to the owner's passion.

FROM £ 265 pp

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

FROM £ 330 pp