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Palermo Vacation Packages & Tours

Palermo is one of those underrated cities that’s likely to surprise you with its delights. It’s more low-key than Naples or Rome, although it is home to passionate (and loud) locals along with some magnificent architecture and mouthwatering food. Indulge in everything from delectable, and sometimes unusual, street foods to pastas and pastries. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a food tour and explore the lively markets while you’re here. Nearby beaches like Mondello are the place to be during the warmer months with fine white sands and stunning crystal-clear blue waters. Visitors will find a wide range of things to see and do in the city center, including many impressive churches. In fact, the city’s Arab-Norman architecture earned it a spot on the UNESCO list thanks to several churches that are well-worth visiting. Simply unwinding at a café, soaking up the atmosphere while watching the world go by is always a pleasure too.

Palermo Trip Inspiration

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  • Sicily in Style

    Palermo - Realmonte - Siracusa - Taormina

    10 Nights
    From $4,550 pp
    An intriguing mix of culture and geology, with spectacular diverse landscapes surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, mountains, and a towering volcano, Sicily seduces in many ways. With culinary influences from a wide range of cultures, visitors can enjoy some of the most mouthwatering dishes on the planet along with a rich 10,000-year history. This 10-night trip delves into all of it, exploring everything from the capital of Palermo to Realmonte, Siracusa, and Taormina. You’ll get fascinating insight on private tours, including a special foodie experience, join a Michelin-star chef-led cooking class, and stay in 4- or 5-star hotels throughout your journey.
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Balconies in Palermo

Best Hotels in Palermo

One of the great things about Palermo is that it’s less expensive than many other European cities, which means even those on a budget are likely to be able to afford a good hotel. There are a wide range of offerings here from cheap to luxurious, including many boutique properties housed in elegant palazzos and some hostels with both private rooms and dorms in historic settings. If you’re looking for the best of the best, you’ll find five-star hotels with pools too. Before booking, you’ll want to consider the neighborhood that’s best for your stay, and for most that’s the historical center although there are other options to consider for those looking for a more tranquil setting away or have other interests. Those seeking a beach getaway will want to consider Mondello, home to the closest beach to Palermo’s city center as well as being one of the best stretches in the region.

Check out our guide on where to stay in Palermo.

Things to do in Palermo

There are practically an overwhelming number of things to do in Palermo, but for the first-time visitor, there are some absolute musts.

Aerial view of Palermo

When to visit Palermo

Palermo can be visited year round, with the best time to come depending on what you hope to do, your budget, and other factors. Summer is the busiest season and the hottest time of year but it’s ideal for enjoying the beaches and swimming. If you come during this season, prepare for higher prices and big crowds. It gets busy again around the Christmas holidays, but joining in the festivities can be an unforgettable experience. Many feel the very best time to visit Palermo is the spring, a shoulder season, a time when temperatures are pleasant, there’s plenty of sunshine and little rain, and the tourist crowds aren’t at their thickest. Early fall, around mid-September through mid-October may be the next best time to visit. It’s still fairly warm and the water is warm enough for swimming while the summer crowds are gone, though there’s a slighter higher chance of rain as compared to spring.

Check out our guide on when to visit Palermo.


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