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About Palermo

Why Go on a Tour of Palermo

If you are allured by tasty street food, fascinating architecture, art, and great markets (known to be among the best in Italy), then you will surely be thrilled by a tour to Palermo. This Mediterranean pearl is one of the warmest cities in Europe, known for long and dry summers, so in case you like swimming, the water surrounding Sicily Island will be a great addition to your trip.

When considering your Palermo itinerary, you can include a great variety of activities. As such, inside the city, you'll find famous markets where the vendors will even sing to gain your attention while offering the most delicious local street food. After trying some Sicilian treats, you may explore the many historical sites of Palermo. Some of them are even of UNESCO World Heritage status, as Sicily is the Italian region with the most UNESCO sites.

Among the must-sees during a Palermo trip is the Norman Palace, the oldest royal residence in Europe. It has been home to Norman kings during the 11th and 12th centuries while today you will find the Sicilian Regional Assembly there. What is more, here you can see the stunning Palatine Chapel which impresses with magnificent mosaic tiles, marble, and beautifully decorated interiors by paintings.

Due to the influence of different cultures through time (eg. Arabs and Normans), Palermo has a very unique style in buildings. So when strolling the streets, you'll surely notice architecture with an abundance of details, known as the Sicilian Baroque style. We also recommend you to stop by the Church of St. John of the Hermits. This unique building has been a place for different religions throughout time but most of all it resembles a medieval mosque. Another fascinating site is the Capuchin Catacombs which have inspired great artists and display death in a strange but beautiful way.

As Palermo once was the cultural capital of Europe, you can make your Palermo tour complete by watching a performance in the famous Teatre Massimo. As a final chord of your Palermo exploration, finish off your visit with outstanding panoramas of the city from Monte Pellegrino which will reward you with fantastic vistas.

Top 3 Things to Do in Palermo

  • Explore Plaermo's stunning Norman Palace and its Palatine Chapel
  • Stop by the Church of St. John of the Hermits
  • Traverse the iconic markets of Palermo to taste local street food
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