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Sicily’s capital city, Palermo, has a lengthy and diverse history. With Norman, Arab, Byzantine, and Roman influences, the city is host to a compelling mix of cultural influences. This blend is apparent from art and architecture through to the food.
Palermo boasts busy street markets, a thriving street food scene, and impressive architecture. Visitors enjoy exploring ancient palaces, taking in exhibits of art and antiquities, and sampling the delightful local food.
Whatever works it’s way onto your Palermo itinerary, don’t get stuck lugging heavy bags through the narrow streets. Are you a local looking to stash your work bag while you visit a crowded street market? A visitor needing to stash your daypack while you browse a museum? Whatever the case, Bounce can take your extra items off your hands.
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Bounce has partnered with small businesses throughout Palermo to ensure short-term luggage storage is easy to find. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, carting heavy bags around Palermo is sure to put a damper on your experience. Instead, take advantage of Bounce’s service. Simply locate a Bounce partner near you, drop your bags, and you’ll be all set to explore this lovely city.
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From street food to museums, sight-seeing, and cultural tours, there is no shortage of engaging activities to enjoy in Palermo. Tour ancient buildings, snap photos of the stunning architecture, and sample tasty treats from food markets and street vendors as you explore. Whatever your plans, Bounce has put together this handy Palermo travel guide to help you make the most of your trip.
Palermo is home to a myriad of fascinating museums and historical sites. From impressive cathedrals and palaces to museums highlighting every facet of Sicilian art and history, you’re sure to find something that appeals. Here are a few museums Bounce suggests adding to your itinerary.
Museum of Tiles Stanze al Genio: This beautiful museum is accessible by appointment only. A guide will take you through room upon room of exquisite hand-painted tiles, which employ different design styles. This is a private collection and tiles date back to the 18th century. The guide will share fascinating details about the history of tile making as you peruse the exhibits.
Museo Diocesano di Palermo: This 15th-century building houses a collection of art dating back to medieval times. The building is beautifully preserved and warrants a visit just to admire the architecture, from the glass chandeliers to the stunning tile floors, you’re sure to be wowed. The art pieces consist of paintings and sculptures as well as artifacts from cathedrals and ruins. This is a great place to learn about Sicilian history!
Palazzo dei Normanni: This incredible building is the seat of Sicily’s regional government and is said to be the oldest royal residence in Europe. The interior is adorned with gorgeous mosaics and art and architectural features in both Moorish and Norman styles. Exhibits inside showcase artifacts that date back to ancient times. You can tour with an audio guide or rely on posted placards to learn about Sicilian history.
From ancient street markets to modern luxury brands and everything in between, Palermo has no shortage of shopping opportunities. Whether you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, want to sample the local produce, or prefer to window shop, Bounce has you covered. Check out these diverse shopping destinations while you’re in Palermo.
Mercato del Capo: This busy market hosts mainly food vendors, but you can find some household goods as well. Because of the huge range of food vendors, it’s a great place to sample local flavors. From fresh fruit and vegetables to cheese, meats, seafood, there are tons of eats to taste. You’ll also find stands selling prepared foods. Many vendors will offer samples, making it easy to experiment with new flavors.
Via Della Liberta: If you’re on the hunt for luxury goods, this street shouldn’t be missed. Shops include names like Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci, but you’ll also find local brands and boutiques. Even if you’re not in the market for luxury fashion, this is a wonderful neighborhood for window shopping.
Historical Center: If you’re on the hunt for Sicilian souvenirs like ceramics, fashion or accessories, shoes, or jewelry, you’ll find plenty of shops within the historic center of Palermo. Via Maqueda is a street lined with shops specializing in these items at a variety of price points.
Italy is renowned for its incredible food, and Palermo is no exception. You’ll have no problem finding tasty food throughout the city. Here are a few local specialties that Bounce recommends trying while you’re in town.
Arancini: Arancini are deep-fried rice balls stuffed with a tasty filling. Popular fillings include ragu, mozzarella, or ham and cheese, among others. This snack can be found at street stands or in restaurants throughout the city. Popular places to try it are Sfrigola Palermo near Palazzo dei Normanni, or Caffe del Kassaro on Via Vittorio de Emanuele.
Torta Setteveli: Also known as “Seven Veils Cake,” this chocolate-hazelnut cake originated in Palermo. It consists of 7 decadent layers and can be sampled in bakeries and restaurants throughout the city. Pasticceria Cappello is a popular place to try this and other sweet treats in Palermo.
Cannolo: This popular Italian dessert originated in Palermo, and it’s worth making effort to try it straight from the source. Cannolissimo and L'Ottava Nota are said to serve some of the best cannoli in the city, but you can find this specialty at street stands throughout Palermo as well.
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The most popular restaurants to visit are Restaurant Antica Focacceria S. Francesco, Osteria Ballaro, and Le Pergamene. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Palermo are Hotel Astoria, Centrale Palace Hotel, and Letizia.
Palermo offers several scenic parks including Botanical Garden of Palermo, Villa Trabia , and Giardino Garibaldi.
You can find local tourist information at Market Del Capo, Market Della Vucciria, and Centro Culturale Monachelli.
If you're looking for a good museum in Palermo, we recommend Chiaramonte Palace, Regional Archaeological Museum, and Palatine Chapel. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Palermo's most popular historical attractions including Palermo Cathedral, Royal Palace of Palermo, or Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio and monuments like Chiaramonte Palace, Quattro Canti, or Monument. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Venere Castle, Poggioreale Vecchia, or Temple D.