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Palermo: Attractions and Things to do

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1 Normanni Palace
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Rank: 1 About 39

This palace it has been considered to be one amongst the most splendid ‘Arab-Norman structures all over the world. As such, this masterpiece must not be missed out. It’s a thing worth seeing. The area surrounding it is simply great!

Reviewed by: Laalamani
Address: Piazza Indipendenza, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


2 Cappella Palatina
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Rank: 2 About 39

The Palatine Chapel is located inside the Palace of the Normans. Erected in 1130 by King Roger II and dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, it is adorned with splendid Byzantine mosaics and enriched with decorations and paintings in Arabic...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Piazza Indipendenza
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


3 Marina Square
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Rank: 3 About 39

Piazza Marina in Palermo is very picturesque, as well as having historical and archaeological significance. As soon as you enter you will find yourself in a world apart from the city. It was carefully designed and recently restored, amateurs of...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Piazza Marina, Palermo
Type: Streets, Squares and Neighbourhoods


4 Monte Pellegrino
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Rank: 4 About 39

The promontory overlooking Palermo is called Monte Pellegrino, it is actually a real limestone mountain of ancient origin. The history of Palermo was unraveled on the slopes of this 600 meter high mountain. From the caves with Paleolithic...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Monte Pellegrino, Palermo
Type: Nature and sport


5 The Four Corners
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Rank: 5 About 39

The traditional center of Palermo is called as “Quattro Canti” or the Four corners. It is situated at the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda. This makes it the oldest historic site...

Reviewed by: Laalamani
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Type: Streets, Squares and Neighbourhoods


6 Mondello, a Beach and a Picturesque Port
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Rank: 6 About 39

Mondello is a piece of Palermo, actually you could say that it is the beach of Palermo! It’s very close to the city center and well connected by public transport, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a bit of rest after having traipsed...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
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Type: Beaches


7 Regional Gallery Abatellis Palace
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Rank: 7 About 39

Abatellis Palace, also known as Palazzo Patella is located in Palermo, on Via Alloro. It hosts the Galleria Reggionale (The Regional Gallery). There is a great number of masterpieces kept here, but among these, do not miss the medieval fresco of...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: 4, Via Alloro
Type: Museums


8 Zisa Castle
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Rank: 8 About 39

The Zisa is a beautiful castle situated in the western side of Palermo in Sicily. This is a 12th century palace which comprises of elaborate arches along the front façade along...

Reviewed by: Chiranjiv
Address: Piazza Zisa, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


9 Cappuccini Catacombs
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Rank: 9 About 39

Address: Via Cappuccini, 1, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


10 Foro Italico
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Rank: 10 About 39

The Foro Italico is the promenade of Marina di Palermo, the street that overlooks the sea. The garden is decorated with many Mediterranean plants and crossed by a series of tree-lined avenues with benches. The area is also suitable...

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Type: Streets, Squares and Neighbourhoods


11 Porta Felice
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Rank: 11 About 39

Leaving the sea behind, Porta Felice leads locals and visitors to the Cassaro, now called Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest thoroughfare in the city. This beautiful monument, consisting of two pillars spaced by the width of the road, was...

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Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


12 St. Maria Assunta Cathedral
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The architectural complex of the Cathedral of Palermo was built in 1184 by the archbishop Walter of the Mill, on the site of the first basilica. The building has undergone various "updates", the last of which was in the eighteenth century and was...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


13 Utveggio Castle
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On Mount Promontory, in a dominant position overlooking the whole of Palermo, stands the fascinating Castle Utveggio. NB: although it's called a castle, it is anything but a castle. It was built in the ‘30s by the knight Michele...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Via Castello Utveggio, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


14 Botanic Garden
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Rank: 14 About 39

The Botanical Gardens of Palermo house a very extensive collection of more than 12,000 plant species, many of which are tropical and subtropical and not to be found anywhere else in Italy.   How to get there: By car, drive...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Via Lincoln, 2, Palermo
Type: Parks and gardens


15 Church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo
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Rank: 15 About 39

It is located in the Arab quarter of Kalsa. I would call it a paragon of versitility over the centuries. It was a theater, a leper hospital in the 1600s, a grain warehouse and a syphilis hospital. Today it is an open-air theater, because the...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Via dello Spasimo, 13, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


16 Chiaramonte Steri Palace
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Rank: 16 About 39

Address: Piazza Marina, 61, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


17 Churches
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Rank: 17 About 39

When you visit churches you need to carry a guide, given the sheer number of them, unless you’re staying in Palermo for a long time: I recommend Casa Professa, a beautiful example of baroque style, the Capella Palatina with its fine mosaics...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
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Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


18 Fair
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Rank: 18 About 39

The Ente Autonomo Fiera Mediterraneo di Palermo (The Authority of the Mediterranean Fair of Palermo) was founded in 1946 and is one of the main exhibition centers in all of Sicily. The exhibition spaces are spread over an area of ??over...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
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Type: Other attractions


19 Gallery of Modern Art Sant'Anna
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Rank: 20 About 39

Address: Via Sant'Anna 21, Palermo
Type: Museums


20 Historical centre
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Rank: 21 About 39

In the historical center of Palermo, the atmosphere is buzzing, the city is always moving at the crossing between Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueta, among the Quattro Canti, an octagonal piazza, where the four areas meet, making up the...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
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Type: Streets, Squares and Neighbourhoods


21 I Candelai
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Rank: 22 About 39

Address: Via dei Candelai 65, Palermo
Type: Nightlife


San Giovanni degli Eremiti Church
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Rank: 23 About 39

The garden of the Church of St. John of the Hermits is a national monument located in the historical center of Palermo. It is an oasis of peace, full of wonderful plants and flowers; it is an invitation to meditation and to give thanks for such...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Via dei Benedettini, 16, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites


22 Shopping
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Rank: 24 About 39

Palermo is a great city for shopping, and it isn’t too expensive. Its markets are famous, they include the renowned Ballarò, and there is a great number of shops where you can buy special and original items. There are many...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
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Type: Stores and shopping malls


23 Stadium Renzo Barbera
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Rank: 25 About 39

The main stadium of Palermo is dedicated to Renzo Barbera, president of the Palermo team in the decade of 1970-1980. The stadium is also known by its old name of La Favorita, after the estate of Ferdinand I of Bourbon, which is closeby. It...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Viale del Fante, 11, Palermo
Type: Nature and sport


24 Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
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Rank: 26 About 39

The Church and Convent of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built in the fourteen hundreds, is better known as the "Gancia", that is, the hostel for foreigners. Occupied by Franciscan friars, the building has a facade with late Gothic pointed arches...

Reviewed by: Editorial Staff
Address: Via Alloro, 27, Palermo
Type: Landmarks and Historic sites

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