Palermo travel guide

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Introduction to Palermo

Home to 668,405 people and the magnificent Massimo Theater, Palermo Cathedral, and Norman Palace, Palermo is an adventure awaiting you. With a unique historical background and an incredible variety of natural and architectural beauty, Palermo is a highlight in Italy. This Italian city, capital of Sicily is a travel destination with plenty to offer curious travelers.

Explore this culturally-rich city and easily plan your trip to Italy. Welcome to Guide to Europe’s comprehensive Palermo travel guide.

Easily accessible from Falcone–Borsellino airport, Palermo is the perfect base for a memorable and unique vacation in Italy any time of the year.

You'll learn more fascinating facts about Palermo as you explore this spectacular city.

Traveling to Palermo is especially rewarding for anyone eager to connect with locals and learn more about their unique culture and traditions.

Get ready to explore and learn more about the city of Palermo below!

Top services in Palermo

Here on this page, you'll find all the top travel services in Palermo, Italy. Check out the cheapest and most popular flights offered by 322 airlines that fly to Italy. Browse the 183 top-rated tours available to you in Palermo. Compare the rates and services of the 7 types of places to stay in Palermo and the 14 car rental companies offering CDW insurance coverage. We make it easy for you to find and book the top services in Palermo.

Enjoy the convenience of planning and booking every detail of your trip to Palermo, including flights, accommodations, activities, and more, in one place. Book with Guide to Europe to get an expertly-curated and fully-customizable itinerary and experience the best of Palermo on your vacation in Italy.

Get answers to questions about the routes and services offered in Palermo from our free 24/7 customer support. Continue reading to learn how you can enjoy a stress-free and memorable vacation in the city of Palermo!

Learn more about Italy

There are many reasons to visit the city of Palermo, but a trip to Italy needs no explanation.

Exploring Italy, which spans 301,338 square kilometers, is an adventure of a lifetime. Italy offers an abundance of truly magical places to discover, including cultural, historic, and scenic sites of significant value to both locals and travelers.

As the home country of many world-famous attractions like the spectacular Massimo Theater, Palermo Cathedral, and the Norman Palace, you’re all set for a unique and memorable travel experience in Italy.

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What to see in Palermo

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Palermo has something for everyone. Regardless of age and interest, travelers have the best time exploring every corner of the city.

Read on to discover the best places to visit and find out what to expect from the city of Palermo.

Top attractions in Palermo

Home to plenty of top attractions, Palermo is more than just a wonderful city in Italy. Palermo is a travel hotspot and a great place to experience a mix of the traditional and modern culture of Italy.

One fascinating sight in Palermo is the unforgettable Massimo Theater. Considered one of the most well-known attractions in the city, a visit to this spectacular travel destination is something you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Palermo. This remarkable attraction is located at P. Za Giuseppe Verdi, 90138 Palermo PA, Italy and is open for visitors Monday - Sunday, between 09:30-18:00.

For more information about what you can expect during a vacation in Italy, check out our list of top attractions in Palermo below. Discover the best places to visit in Palermo, including the fascinating Massimo Theater, Palermo Cathedral, Norman Palace, Quattro Canti, and Foro Italico.

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Things to do in Palermo

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Enrich your travel experience in Palermo by joining tours and activities. Palermo offers an exciting selection of top-rated tours and it's easy for every traveler to find something to their liking. Take the opportunity to catch the top attractions on a tour, stay active with an adventurous excursion, or learn something new about the local history or culture of the city.

Discover the most popular experiences in Palermo below.

Most popular experiences in Palermo

Traveling is all about gaining new experiences. You can have that and more in the city of Palermo.

Palermo offers numerous tours and activities for travelers to choose from. Historical Tours, Bus Tours, and Ports of Call Tours are only a few of the many experiences you can book for your holiday in Italy.

Explore the most popular experiences you can join in Palermo by clicking on one of the top-rated tour categories below.

Top tours & tickets starting in Palermo

Travelers in Palermo can choose from 23 categories of top-rated tours and tickets. If you're curious about what the most frequently recommended experiences in the city are, Shore Excursions is the answer.

The most popular tour in Palermo is the fantastic Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area. By joining this highly recommended tour, travelers get to learn more about what makes Palermo one of the best travel destinations in Italy.

Palermo also offers plenty of budget-friendly tours and activities that promise travelers a unique experience in the city. The affordable Palazzo Conte Federico is the cheapest tour in the city, and is a popular Castle Ticket. This experience costs around 15 EUR and allows travelers a great time in Palermo. This Castle Ticket is available in 2 languages: English, and Italian. Around 354 travelers have given this activity an average rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Secure an unforgettable experience for your upcoming trip to Palermo and book a top-rated tour in the city. Discover the best tours, activities, and tickets in Palermo below.


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Discover the best things to do in Palermo. Choose from 183 fantastic tours and activities available in the city.

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Vacation packages in Palermo

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The best and easiest way to visit Palermo is by booking a vacation package. A vacation package includes everything you need for a worry-free and perfectly planned holiday in Italy.

Booking a vacation package to Palermo means spending less time planning and more time enjoying your vacation. A vacation package includes everything from flight tickets, accomodation, and a rental car, to 24/7 personal travel support and a carefully planned travel itinerary. You can also take your vacation in Palermo to the next level by adding tours, tickets, and activities to each day of your trip.

Apart from providing you with everything you need to travel comfortably, your vacation package to Palermo is also fully customizable. In other words, you can add or remove services at your own convenience, to create the perfect vacation for you and your travel companions.

On our website, you will find 5 unique vacation packages to Palermo, including flight tickets, hotel reservations, and recommendations for the best sightseeing spots, restaurants, bars, and activities.

Continue to the next section to learn more about what types of vacations you can book in the city of Palermo.

Popular types of vacations in Palermo

The most popular way to experience Palermo is by visiting the city as part of a road trip across multiple destinations in Italy. However, it is also common for travelers to go to Palermo on both shorter and longer getaways, to get a break from everyday life, relax, and experience something new.

With Guide to Europe you can find road trips, city breaks, and weekend getaways in Italy, ranging from budget to luxury. Whether you’re planning a multi-day road trip across Italy, or you just want to enjoy a few days exploring Palermo, there is a vacation package for you.

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Top vacation packages in Palermo

Travelers have a great selection of vacation packages to choose from in Italy. In fact, you can choose from as many as 5 different top-rated vacation packages to take you to Palermo, and even more if you expand your search to include a bigger area of Italy.

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Find vacation packages in Palermo

Discover and compare 5 vacation packages that take you to the wonderful city of Palermo.

The best flights, hotels, and activities in Palermo get fully booked quickly. Use the search tool below to find the best vacation packages in Italy. Your customized holiday package to Palermo is only a few clicks away!

How to get to Palermo

To get to the city of Palermo the fastest way possible, travelers from outside Italy can travel by plane. International travelers can fly to Palermo by booking flights with any of the 33 airlines that offer direct flights to Falcone–Borsellino airport. Some airlines that operate flights to Falcone–Borsellino airport are Ryanair, Air China, LATAM Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Azul. Go to this page to compare all flights to Palermo.

To reach the city of Palermo, travelers can choose from various airport transfer options available at Falcone–Borsellino airport.

If you're looking for the best flight ticket deals to Palermo, knowing the cheapest travel time and which airlines offer the most affordable flights is helpful. Luckily, we have this information for you. Discover more about the cheapest and most popular flights to Falcone–Borsellino airport and Palermo below.

Find cheap flights to Palermo

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Over the years, more airlines have started offering flexible and direct flights to Palermo, making it one of the most accessible travel destinations in Italy. However, it is usually cheaper to fly to Palermo, Italy, in October.

The cheapest one-way flight to Palermo costs around 18 EUR and is offered by the airline Ryanair.

The cheapest round-trip flights to Palermo cost approximately 69 EUR in total. The departure flight leaves on September 3 and the return flight is scheduled on September 4. The flight time is around 1 hour per way.

The return flight is operated by Pantelleria.

Use the search tool below to find the cheapest flights to Italy and the city of Palermo from your city of departure.

Popular flights to Palermo

Travelers visiting Palermo in Italy can fly to Falcone–Borsellino airport directly from 1459 destinations worldwide.

The three most popular routes to Falcone–Borsellino airport and the city of Palermo in Italy depart from Falcone?Borsellino airport in Palermo, Italy, Mid Delta Regional airport in Greenville, the United States, and Norman Manley International airport in Kingston, Jamaica.

Travelers can fly to Italy by choosing from from 2 weekly flight(s) from Palermo; from 1 weekly flight(s) from Greenville; and from 5 weekly flight(s) from Kingston.

The airline that operates most flights to Italy is Lanmei Airlines. Lanmei Airlines offers 6 scheduled flight routes to Italy.

Discover the most popular flights to Palermo below. Click to view flights to Palermo, Italy from destinations all across the globe.

Where to stay in Palermo

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An essential factor to consider when traveling to a new place or country is accommodation. While visiting a city as fantastic as Palermo is always exciting, any avid traveler knows that accommodations often make or break the vacation experience.

The best place to stay in Palermo usually depends on travelers' needs and preferences. However, booking accommodation in downtown Palermo offers a ton of benefits.

Staying at the heart of the city allows you to easily walk to many of the top sights and dining areas in Palermo and cut down on your travel expenses. Centrally-located accommodations are also an excellent choice for travelers in Palermo planning to go on a quick tour or drive to the neighboring regions.

In Palermo, you'll find 7 different types of places to stay catering to every taste, budget, and reason for travel. For example, honeymooners or travelers on a romantic getaway in Italy can experience the ultimate relaxation at one of the 5-star or 4-star hotels in Palermo. Travelers whose purpose is sightseeing can also find plenty of mid-range hotels to budget-friendly accommodations in the city, allowing access to many of the top attractions in Palermo.

Learn more about the most popular places to stay and the top-rated hotels in Palermo in the next sections.

Popular types of accommodation in Palermo

A trip to the fascinating Palermo, Italy, means opportunities to relax at any of the 7 different types of places to stay in the city. Overall, travelers can choose from the following: 937 vacation rental apartments, 502 hotels, 204 cottages, 189 bed & breakfasts, 124 guesthouses, 5 hostels and 2 resorts. While each type offers varying amenities and rates, there is no denying that Palermo provides a great selection of lodging options ready to cater to every kind of guest.

Among all these choices available in the city, Hotel NH Palermo is one of the top picks of travelers in Palermo.

The hotel is located at Foro Italico Umberto I 22/B, Kalsa and boasts many great utilities, including Air conditioning, Children's club, and Restaurant.

Budget accommodations are also incredibly popular among travelers in Palermo. Cheaper alternatives allow travelers to save on accommodation costs and have more to spend on other experiences.

For approximately 37 EUR, guests can book a comfortable Double Room at this popular vacation rental apartment.

Below is a list of all 7 different types of places to stay in Palermo. Select the type you prefer to compare options under each category and find the best accommodation.

Top hotels in Palermo

Hotels are travelers' go-to accommodations in Palermo for the unique experience they provide. So if you're the kind of traveler who prefers staying at hotels, you'll be glad to know that the city is home to around 1,963 hotels.

Besides offering basic amenities, many hotels in Palermo provide meals and extras, such as shuttle services, spa facilities, tour desks, and other services. But because not all hotels in Palermo are created equal, finding the best in the city often requires careful research. For your convenience, we've done all the research to make it easier for you to check out all the top hotels in Palermo.

Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes Palermo offers the most luxurious rooms and is perfect for travelers looking for the ultimate 5-star hotel experience in Palermo. If comfort, convenience, and affordability are your non-negotiables, check out Hotel NH Palermo, the top 4-star hotel in the city. When all you need is a pleasant place to rest and sleep in between your activities in Palermo, the highest-rated 3-star hotel, Casena Dei Colli, is for you.

Below is our hand-picked list of the best hotels in the Palermo. Travelers are encouraged to book early as these hotels quickly reach capacity.

Click the arrows or swipe the list to see each hotel's ratings, reviews, locations, rates, and more. You can read detailed descriptions of each hotel by clicking the cards.


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Use the Accommodation Search tool below to find available stays in the city of Palermo on specific dates. This handy feature also allows you to compare prices and amenities.

Enter the preferred check-in and check-out dates. Then, select the number of guests and rooms. Click the Search button to find all the available hotels and places to stay in the city of Palermo that match the information provided.

Car rental in Palermo

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Experience the freedom and convenience of a self-drive vacation by renting a car for your adventures in Palermo. Palermo has 14 car rental companies ready to provide you with the perfect vehicle for your travels.

Automatic cars for rent in Palermo start from 17.18 EUR per day or 120.24 EUR per week. The cheapest automatic rental car is a Peugeot 108 Aut.

If you prefer driving a manual car, you’ll find multiple options for rent in Palermo, starting from 7.68 EUR per day or 53.76 EUR per week. The cheapest manual rental car is a Citroen C1.

Learn more about the different types of cars you can rent in Palermo, Italy, below.

Popular types of car rental in Palermo

Discover and choose from our broad range of popular car rental options in the city of Palermo to find the best car for your travel plans. Travelers in Palermo can choose from small cars, medium cars, large cars, estate cars, mini vans, SUVs, convertibles, premium cars, camper vans, mini campers, vans, cars. All car rentals come with CDW insurance for added protection throughout your trip.

Renting a car is a popular choice among travelers who want to explore Italy at their own pace. The most popular type of car rental among small groups of travelers in Palermo is a TopLevel.

Another very popular type of car to rent in Palermo is a TopLevel. This car is particularly popular among couples and solo travelers touring the city of Palermo.

Check out all options available in Palermo and book the car rental for your upcoming adventures in Italy below.

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Get ready to hit the road and explore the beautiful city of Palermo. Find the best deals on a variety of popular car rentals in Palermo, Italy, or any other destination in Europe by using the search tool below.

Enter your pick-up and drop-off location, driver's age, and dates. Click the green button to view your options.

Popular destinations to visit after Palermo

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The city of Palermo is just one of the many unique and scenic destinations you can visit in Italy. So if you're itching for another cultural adventure, a relaxing road trip, an action-filled city break, or a memorable weekend getaway, know that Italy has it all.

Italy is calling, and the country is asking you to experience its culture and diversity to the fullest! Take the opportunity to visit other captivating places in Italy that are as magical as the city of Palermo. The most popular travel destinations in Italy are listed below. Click on the name of the place you want to explore next to learn more about it.

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When unsure of where to go next, use the map below. This map shows the locations of all the best destinations in Italy. Use the map to plan your trip and find the best routes.

Domestic flights from Palermo

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A taste of Italy through a visit to Palermo can often reignite a traveler's passion for adventure. When this happens, the best way to satisfy this wanderlust is to book a domestic flight from Palermo to another remarkable destination in Italy.

To begin your search for the best or cheapest flights from the city of Palermo to other spectacular locations in Italy, jump to the last section of this travel guide.

Popular domestic flights from Palermo

Travelers in Italy can catch flights to domestic airports in Lamezia Terme, Genoa, Cuneo, Rome, and Milan. Domestic flights in Italy are operated by 11 airlines: Ryanair, Volotea, Transavia France, Eurowings, and ITA Airways. There are around 31 scheduled flight routes operating to Palermo on a weekly basis.

From Palermo, travelers can book scheduled flights to 25 domestic destinations. The most popular flights from Palermo depart to many top-rated destinations in Italy and are offered by Ryanair, Volotea, and Transavia France.

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Traveling to another city or region in Italy? Use the flight search tool below to quickly find the cheapest one-way or round-trip flights from Palermo to different local destinations.

Enter all the necessary information and click or tap on the Search button to see a list of the available domestic flights in Italy on the selected dates.

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