Palermo is the principal city of Sicily, Italy as well as the capital of the Province of Palermo. Palermo has a noteworthy architectural heritage and is notable for its many Norman buildings, including churches, palaces and museums.
Palermo is a lively city which offers many attractions including the Quattro Canti, which is the heart of the old city center. Palermo’s Arabic quarter, Real Tenuta della Favorita park and the Orto botanico - Botanical Gardens are also worth visiting whilst in Palermo. A walk round the Vucciria market is also highly recommended; visitors will experience the unique, strongly Sicilian atmosphere as well as taste and smell typical local produce from the land and sea.
Things to See & Do
* Norman churches, palaces and museums
* Capuchin Catacombs
* Palazzo dei Normanni
* Vucciria market
* Quattro Canti
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Italian
Land Area – 158 km²
Population – 688,000 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +39
Port Location – The port is located less than a kilometer from the centre of Palermo.
Travel Links – Palermo International Airport is located some 32 km west of the city at Punta Raisi and has flights incoming from other Italian centres and major European cities on a regular basis. Regular ferries steam between the port of Palermo and the Italian ports of Genoa, Civitàvecchia, Naples and Cagliari (Sardinia). Regular, quite fast trains to: Messina & Milazzo (for the Aeolian Islands)(more and quicker than the busses to these two), Catania, Trapani and Enna. Regular fast buses are available to and from Catania, Taormina, Trapani, Enna, Agrigento, and Syracuse.