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Palermo is a city with rich rewards for cultural explorers, ready to experience the city in all its facets. The unique beauty and charms of Southern Italy will draw you in and stay with you – trust us – we’ve been there! The rich tapestry of Palermitano fashion, food and lifestyle is addictive, with something new always waiting to be discovered. And there’s always the possibility to simply kick back and relax in of the city’s many parks. (Photo: Team Filly Biz).
We understand that our guests usually prefer to spend time in the quieter and less crowded areas of the city, using these as a base from which to venture to the more touristy neighbourhoods and attractions. Want to recharge your batteries (literally or metaphorically!) in a chilled-out cafe or bar?We have some of our favourites to recommend! And the website of our good friends at Trip Tipp offers plenty of routes to explore the historic heart of Palermo whilst dodging the day-trippers.
Staying in one of our beautiful city centre apartments? You’re starting from the perfect place to discover the old town on foot. The area is so beautiful and filled with attractions that you can hardly go wrong, but if you’re looking for local tips we’re happy to offer a wide variety on this website! Huge thanks to our friends at the Filly Biz team for the photos.
Dear friends of Sicily, we invite you to join the Facebook group “Trip Tipp Sicily”. Find answers to all your questions and discover exclusive tips for your trip to Sicily from those who have already made the journey and those who already know the island from the inside out.
Discovering Palermo by bus
Do you normally avoid city tours? Prefer the freedom to explore independently? Palermo has a great compromise! The tour buses here are ‘hop-on, hop-off’, meaning that you can mix up your day with stages on foot and moments where your feet are up and the sights are being pointed out to you. You can find the exact bus routes on the site of our good friends at Trip Tipp.
The word “multicultural” is everywhere in modern life, but for the citizens of Palermo it’s been in our blood for centuries. Go back even a thousand years and you will find Arab, Byzantine and Norman culture intertwined. This mix was literally solidified in the walls of the mighty cathedral at Monreale. UNESCO gave it patronage as a World Heritage Site, recognising its genuinely unique blend of the various artistic currents of history. Our good friends at Trip Tip can show you the easiest way to make the journey to Monreale.
The Essence of Sicily
Palermo, and Sicily at large, are so much more than the clichés of Mafia, fashion and devotion to the Madonna. This beautiful video introduces the long history of the sun-bathed island we love and call home. We at Palermo Blu thank the team of film-makers for this outstanding work and congratulate them on their success:
A turquoise sea with a kilometre-long sandy beach: this tropical paradise awaits you in Mondello just minutes outside Palermo. You could visit every day and sooner or later find the entire stretch of beach to yourself. Our good friends at Trip Tipp can explain how to get there.
A true icon of Italian couture has its roots here in Sicily, the birthplace of Domenico Dolce (famous for his collaboration with Stefano Gabbana). However, Palermo has much more to offer the dedicated follower of fashion – find out more on this map. The image above shows a very special variety of Sicilian fashion – the wearable art of our good friends at Filly Biz.
Would you like to get out of the centre of Palermo without the hassle or expense of renting a car? No problem at all: the Centrale railway station is within 15 minutes walk of all of our apartments. Whether you want to explore the immediate surroundings of Palermo or take a trip across the island to one of the other beautiful cities, this is the starting point you need. Chesk out some of our top travel tips on this map.
Getting around by car
Perhaps you’re an independent spirit who likes the freedom to explore at their own pace? The simplest solution is a rental car. Parking in central Palermo can be tricky to find, but our apartments in Palazzo Massimo (Verdi, Bellini e Vivaldi) and in Palazzo Quaroni (Julia, Malupilu, Maqueda, Regina Suite, Studio C e Zagara) offer the perfect solution. Located in the very centre of Palermo, they offer secure underground parking and are easily accessed from the motorway (see these maps: directions to the Palazzo Massimo and directions to the Palazzo Quaroni ). Find all the answers you need about a hiring a vehicle for your holiday in Sicily on this site.
Get your bearings
Want to know exactly where the accommodation is located, and the quickest way to reach it from the airport? Planning to explore the old town? We have the perfect map for all your navigational needs!
(from the airport to the central railway station and from there to the apartments)
Explore La Kalsa
(Palermo’s most famous historical district)
Explore Il Capo
(Home to the city’s largest market)
Explore La Loggia
(The old maritime borough)
(The oldest district of the city)
Perhaps you’re fascinated by fashion, aching for activities or concerned with cuisine? We have the best local tips to share:
Up for the challenge of discovering every last corner of Palermo? No guide to show you around? You’re in safe local hands:
(the Liberty / Art Nouveau Palermo that lives on today)
Discover the Genius
(“Il Genio” is the ancient patron deity of Palermo)
In the Footsteps of the Normans
(the Normans dominated Sicily in the Middle Ages)
Fountains and Aquatic Engineering
(Discover the incredible waterworks above and below ground)
The “Libertà” neighborhood
(One of the most beautiful in Palermo)
Mummies and more!
(They’re not just for Egyptians…)
Villas of the West End
(Architectural treasures hiding in the suburbs)
Looking to venture outside Palermo by bus or train? Check out this site for recommended destinations! Then these maps will help you make your way there on public transport:
Excursions by Bus and Train
(Feeling fearless? Visit the Villa of Monsters. Culture vulture? Discover the island’s Greek theatres. Cinema Buff? Get on the trail of The Godfather)
Renting a car? On this site you will find our highest-recommended destinations; these maps will guide you to your holiday home:
Directions to the Palazzo Massimo
(Apartments overlooking the iconic Theatre)
Directions to the Palazzo Quaroni
(Apartments in the pedestrianised area)
Coming to Palermo on a cruise? Want to discover the city independently? Just follow this map:
Recommended route for cruise tourists
(Discover Palermo for yourself)
About the Author
The information on this site comes from our Sicily expert Britta Bohn. Britta has been dealing with daily life and life in Sicily for over 20 years, and she is delighted to share her personal top tips for a perfect stay in Palermo.