Hotels in Palermo, Italy
Compare hotel accommodation in Palermo, Sicily
The city of Palermo is more than 2,700 years old and always played an important role throughout history. Palermo is known for its rich history, culture and fantastic architecture. As such, it is referred to as Sicily's economic, cultural and tourism capital. Visitors can expect to see a major Greek influence here as well as a strong presence of Roman Catholicism. July 15th is the day of the patron saint, Saint Rosalia and it is the city's biggest and most famous event. The feast attracts tourists from all over the world and this is one of the best times to visit and enjoy the finest delicacies.
One of the most attractive aspects of visiting Palermo is the fact that event their three and four star hotel accommodation in Palermo are welcoming and affordable. Some of the cheapest options include the hostels in Palermo. If you are on the lookout for some of the best savings on accommodation in Palermo, an online search is the way to go.
Historic sights in Palermo
A visit to the Palazzo Chiaramonte is sure to keep you busy and very much entertained for some time. The palace was built in the early part of the 14th century and played an important role as the home of Manfredi Chiaramonte and later that of the Spanish viceroy. It was later used as the Royal Customs Headquarters and the court of the Inquisition.
The Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina is another fantastic site and was completed in the 12th century. The monuments of medieval Europe are what make the Capella Palatina extra special since they date all the way back to the time of its construction.
Things to do in Palermo
Some of the best shopping streets in Palermo include Via Ruggero Settimo, Via Roma and Via Liberta. You can find everything from local and international shopping chains to smaller boutiques. No matter what your personal taste may be, you are sure to enjoy your shopping experience here. Even if you don't make too many purchases, these streets are some of the most elegant in the city and definitely worth exploring.
Between religious sites like Monreale Norman Cathedral, landmarks such as the Triumph of Death fresco and all the local museums, there is much to be learned from this fabulous city. For an outdoor escape, there are wildlife areas like the Riserva Naturale Orientata Di Capo Gallo and a visit to the Ustica islands will leave you feeling very much refreshed.
Pick up a car rental at Palermo Airport and the Monte Pellegrino scenic drive is another great way to enjoy a day out and about. Pack a picnic basket and refreshments for the road. Don't forget your camera because there are plenty of wonderful photo opportunities along the way. The view of the beach below and the city is what makes this drive so popular.