Sicily is one of the two largest islands of Italy. Palermo is the capital of the region of Sicily.
This city is an exiting place to visit and an enchanting mix of European and Arabic architecture. It is quite enjoyable in all seasons because of the pleasant Mediterranean weather. Here you can find what to see in Palermo if you have just a couple of days.
The best option is to walk only throughout the center because traffic is crazy and parking is difficult so renting a car or taking a bus will only complicate your visit (if you are going to be travelling the island by car, park and enjoy the city on foot). If you are staying for more than one day, try to find a hotel near (or on) Corso Vittorio Emanuele as it is quite central to all of the sites. Here is a suggestion for a great 4 star hotel that often provides good offers, so making it affordable to all.
Hotel Palazzo Sitano – Via Vittorio Emanuele, 114
These are the main attractions to see in Palermo, but if you prefer, just have fun getting lost in the small streets where you will find so many other churches and buildings to admire.
What to see in Palermo?
– Duomo: founded in 1184, it is an incredible building surrounded by palm trees. Its history is long and was built in several architecture styles.
P.S. If you go at Christmas, make sure you take a look at all of the Crèche scenes that are exhibited from around the world.
Palazzo Reale: also called Palazzo dei Normanni because it represents an example of Norman architecture. It is also considered to be one of the most beautiful Italian palaces. Inside you can find the famous Cappella Palatina. This Chapel was built by Roger II in 1132 and its interior is full of mosaics, marble inlaid with gold and glass. The price for the ticket is 8,50 Euros.
– Teatro Massimo: this is the largest Opera House in Italy and third largest in Europe. It was opened in 1897 and designed by the famous Italian architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile. It was dedicated to King Victor Emanuel II.
– Mercato Ballarò: local outside market and center of the nightlife in Palermo.
– An amusing and curious thing you will see in Palermo is the largest tree in Italy in Piazza Marina, right by the port. The tree is a ficus and it is about 120 years old.
The local food is Pane & Panella: a street-food made with fried chickpeas. Maybe the description is not appealing but, believe me, it is worth giving it a try.
Of couse, don’t think of leaving Sicily without tasting Cannoli and Arancini.
Here is a great place for healthy local food:
Antica Focacceria S. Francesco – Via Alessandro Paternostro, 58
If you are too overwhelmed by the traffic, go and relax near the port in the La Cala area where you will find cafes and restaurants and can enjoy a view the sea and the mountains.