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10 Things to do in Palermo in a day

If you are planning a visit to Palermo, Sicily, and only have one day to explore this beautiful city, there are many exciting things you can do to make the most of your time there. Here are 10 things to do in Palermo, Sicily for your one-day itinerary:


👉 Visit the Palazzo dei Normanni: This impressive 12th-century palace is the seat of government for the region and is famous for its intricate mosaics and Baroque architecture.


👉 Explore the Ballarò Market: This market is a lively and bustling place where you can buy fresh produce, try local food and meet local vendors.


👉 Visit Palermo Cathedral: An impressive cathedral dating back to the 12th century, housing a series of richly decorated chapels and a magnificent vaulted ceiling.


👉 Discover the Palatine Chapel: An architectural gem inside the Palazzo dei Normanni, this chapel is famous for its gold mosaics and exquisite decoration.


👉 Enjoy the local food: Sicily is famous for its delicious food, so be sure to try some of the local dishes, such as pasta con le sarde, panelle, and Sicilian cassata.


👉 Stroll Via Maqueda: This wide street is the heart of Palermo’s old town and is lined with historic buildings and trendy shops.


👉 Visit the Teatro Massimo: The largest theater in Italy, the Teatro Massimo is an impressive neoclassical building that is famous for its outstanding acoustics.


👉 Explore Piazza Pretoria: An elegant baroque square with a 16th century fountain and historic buildings around it.


👉 Take a break at the Palermo Botanical Gardens: This oasis of greenery is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquility.


👉 See the art at the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia: This art gallery features an impressive collection of works by Sicilian and European artists, as well as historical artifacts from the region.


There’s so much more to see and do in Palermo. However, with these 10 tips, you’ll be well on your way to an unforgettable visit to this beautiful Sicilian city.

All these monuments and many others are part of our walking tours of the city of Palermo.

If you have little time you should consider taking a free tour. Our Palermo Free Walking Tour can be the ideal option for orienting yourself in the city during a day. You’ll leave Palermo feeling like you’ve already seen all the must-see sights. We are waiting for you to join us!