Palermo is one of the largest cities in Italy and one of the most culturally diverse cities in Europe. If you are traveling to Palermo for the fist time, the city features a magnificent historical blend of North European and Arab influences.
Things to do in Palermo Sicily: Aeolian Islands Day Trip
Taking a day trip to the Aeolian Islands is one of the most popular things to do in Palermo Sicily.
The Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea, Basiluzzo and Lipari) are located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily, and since there are ferries servicing the islands from Palermo, the islands make for a great day trip.
One of the most popular of the Aeolian Islands is Salina due to its stunning landscapes that feature six volcanoes. Also, Salina is home several Roman tombs that have being excavated on slopes of the Fossa.
Things to do in Palermo Sicily: Places of Interest
Palermo Old Quarter
Taking a stroll along the city’s Old Quarter and marveling at the fine architectural buildings is one of the popular things to in Palermo Sicily.
The main points of interest in the Old Quarter (Old Town) are Piazza Vigliena, where you’ll find beautiful fountains and statues; and Piazza del Duomo, home to the impressive Duomo Cathedral, which is one of the largest in the world.
The Kalsa District, also located in the Old Quarter of Palermo, is one of the best places in Italy to appreciate 11th century Arab architecture.
The district is characterized by its small winding streets typical of Medinas found in countries such as Morocco.
There is a myriad of landmarks to be seen here and some of them include the Magione church (west side of piazza Magione) and the Greek Gate (east side of Piazza Kalsa).
The Archeological Museum is another interesting stop, if you are interested in old artifacts. The museum is also famed for housing the ‘The Palermo Stone’ which dates back to Ancient Egypt.
Those of you fans of the Godfather movies will enjoy a visit to the Massimo Theater, as it is where parts of Godfather III were shot.
Things to do in Palermo Sicily: Shopping
Exploring the city’s street markets is, undoubtedly, one of the most popular things to do in Palermo Sicily.
If you are looking to buy local produce and enjoy souvenir shopping, La Vucciria Market and the Mercato do Capo are great places to find anything from fresh vegetables and fish to leather items and handmade goods.
Things to do in Palermo Sicily: Nightlife, Entertainment & Eating Out
Palermo’s nightlife revolves mainly in the city center around Piazzas where you’ll find bars and cafes with outdoor seating. For instance, Piazza Castelnuovo and Piazza Verdi are popular Piazzas where local and tourists hang for a drink.
Opera is high in the entertainment agenda in Palermo and Massimo Theater is one of the larges venues where you can enjoy classical music.
Apart, from Opera, Palermo is also home to smaller venues such as Biondo Theater where you can enjoy classical and jazz music.
As many other Italian cities, eating out is one of the popular things to do in Palermo Sicily. The city has a wide range of cuisines ranging from different types of eateries that include European style and North African style restaurants, as well as traditional Italian pizzerias.
Things to do in Palermo Sicily: Events & Festivals
The Verdura Festival, held in July at the Massimo Theater, is one of the most popular summer festivals in Palermo offering a variety of music ranging from classical, rock and Spanish flamenco.
Palermo EcoVision Festival
The Palermo EcoVision Festival, held in June, is a summer film event where attendees can watch unknown films from around the world.
San Giuseppe Feast Festival
The San Giuseppe Feast Festival, held in March, is a popular event where families get together and a great time to sample the finest cakes and pastries in Palermo.
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