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Known for its impressive architecture, great food and excellent climate, Palermo is a perfect city break destination. An absolute must-see for anyone visiting Sicily, this beautiful city has something for everyone.
Warm but not stifling, the best months to visit Palermo are May, June, October and November. Plan your trip for the spring or autumn and you’ll be able to enjoy the best of Palermo without the summer crowds, helping you to experience everything the city has to offer.
If you want to top up your tan during your stay on Sicily, book your flights to Palermo in July or August. Although the city itself can be sweltering during the summer months, the nearby beaches offer plenty of opportunities to cool off and relax. If you’re flying to Palermo in August, it’s important to remember that a lot of family businesses close for the month to allow staff to escape the heat of the city.
Winters in Palermo are generally fairly mild. However, temperatures can drop as low as 5˚C, so don’t expect to do a lot of sun bathing if you fly to Palermo between November and April.
As flights to Palermo are popular throughout the year, you’ll need to be a little flexible if you want to secure a great deal on your airfare.
One of the best ways to find a cheap flight to Palermo is to look at prices for the days around your departure date. You can do this quickly and easily by clicking the ‘Show flexible dates’ link on the Expedia results page.
You can find the cheapest airport to fly from by selecting ‘All airports’ from the dropdown menu when typing in your departure details. If you’re flying from a city with multiple airports, this will ensure you’re shown all possible departures for your trip. Alternatively, try clicking the ‘Nearby airports’ link on the results page to see if there are any other terminals within easy reach of your departure point.
Located around 22 miles northwest of Palermo, Falcone Borsellino Airport is the main entry point for visitors travelling to the Sicilian capital. Although most of the flights that operate to and from the airport are seasonal services, a handful of departures are scheduled throughout the year.
Buses and trains connect the airport with the centre of Palermo and the nearby area.
A selection of airlines offer direct and connecting services from UK airports to Palermo.
Although Palermo is relatively large, most of the city’s sights and attractions are located in its historic centre. This makes it easy to navigate the city on foot, especially outside of the peak summer months when temperatures are a little cooler.
If you’d rather not walk in the Sicilian sun, you can buy a daily bus ticket for the city’s public transport network or catch a taxi to your destination.
Scooters, bikes and cars are also available to hire in Palermo, giving you a great choice of options when it comes to getting around.
Palermo Cathedral remains at the heart of life in the city and no trip to the Sicilian capital would be complete without a visit to this imposing structure. A Unesco World Heritage site, the cathedral was constructed between the 11th and 18th centuries. Within the cathedral you’ll find a number of monumental tombs as well as religious relics, priceless pieces of art and ornate shrines.
Just a short walk from the cathedral is the Cappella Palatina. Consecrated in the 12th century, this beautiful church is famous for its mosaic interior. These ancient tiles portray a number of old testament themes and help to make the church even more spectacular.
Learn more about the city’s fascinating past with a trip to Palermo’s Archaeological Museum. One of the best in Italy, it’s home to a number of important artefacts and provides visitors with an in depth overview of the evolution of Palermo and the surrounding area.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Palermo. The city is one hour ahead of the UK.