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Palermo at a Glance

Palermo is Sicily's main tourist destination and a famous cultural melting pot filled with the influences of a string of Italian, Byzantine, Arabic and German rulers. The variety of architecture and art seen around the city is a treat for the mind. The gorgeous Mediterranean weather is a treat for the body. Spend your mornings exploring the city's many treasures and then hit the beach with a towel and an umbrella for the afternoon. 

People have lived in Palermo for centuries. Explore a whole city of ancient corpses in the catacombs beneath the streets. Step into medieval churches whose unique Norman-Arabic style is unlike churches in any other region. Admire the jewel encrusted walls at the Cappella Palatina and stand in awe at the Byzantine mosaics found in royal buildings throughout the city. If you need a break, multicultural food is yours for the eating. Arabic and Italian delights are sold on street corners and in cafes and restaurants. Dig in for food as tasty as the city is fascinating. 

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Falcone-Borsellino Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Palermo Centrale
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Palermo has pleasant, Mediterranean weather year round. Winter days can be rainy and chilly at times so come prepared with warmer clothing. 

      Safety Concerns: Use your common sense to protect yourself from crime. Keep valuables out of sight or strapped firmly across your body. Use a money belt for your passport and for large bills. Avoid dark, deserted areas at night and keep your car free of items that could be stolen.

      Health Concerns: Palermo has good public health and clean drinking water.