Three years ago, we visited Italy, but we only went to the central and northern region of the country. It’s only fair that we have a moment to visit briefly the south, so let’s comment a little about what we experienced in that large metropolis named Palermo.
By the way, its long and endless streets are on a noticeable spot, its main avenues are a distinguished landscape, some ones end in the mountains. That’s too beautiful!
Main Streets of the Churches
Gardens and Squares
At the first day around the city, we visited a bunch of gardens and squares, which are very cared for and much used by Italians, either for a picnic, joggling, walking the pets, reading a book, or only for resting during a break. They are: Villa Giulia garden, italic forum, great for physical exercises and in front of the sea, Villa Bonanno, Piazza Indipendenza, Villa Malfitano, Villa Trabia and Giardino Inglese, this last one has even an amusement park for children.
Ferry and Marina of Palermo
The marina of Palermo is quite near the Ferry, which is a kind of means of transportation much used in the island of Sicily to move about the nearby cities and even countries. There are different companies that provide those services, for prices from 15 Euros (65 Reais), depending on the route you take.
The marina is for private use, but it’s beautiful to see the boats and even the big yachts anchored on the seashore. And it’s inside the city, you can take photos and enjoy the place.
Squares of Palermo
Marina in Palermo
View of the Ferry
Mercato Del Capo and Di Ballaro
It’s very usual to come across a lot of streets closed by tents, and we passed through the two most famous ones. In that kind of fair, you can find clothes, accessories and also a whole huge tuna fish, and there are restaurants, flower shops, fisheries, greengroceries and bakeries. We were told it would be a great place to find many kinds of quite cheap traditional food, I tried the famous 3-euro bread with spleen. I figured out aftwerwards it was made with meat of offal, and it has such a tangy and different flavor.
There’s really a bunch of options of food, where we saw lots of tourists eating, drinking and enjoying the place which seems to be endless, once they intersect many and many streets, where motorcyclists always think they can pass through. Start your tour very early if you want to visit that open-air market, as it always closes at 3p.m.
Mercato Del Capo
It’s no more than a too beautiful intersection, also named Piazza Vigliena, and it was built in around 1600, among the main streets of Palermo, Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, with such an original architecture. In the corner of the buildings there are sculptures, fountains and columns, all in baroque style and three floors high.
Via Maqueda is closed for cars, and pedestrians can walk freely, since Quatri Canti until Teatro Massimo. There, you can find a lot of stores, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, antiquities, and antiquarians, buy some spritz or Italian gelato and enjoy that tour.
One of the Streets that Start on Quattro Canti
It’s very interesting to see the biggest theater in Italy, and in the world, where there are musical performances every day for visitors, some of the options are:
Concert and Cocktail Tour: 65 Euros, 90-minute performance.
Opera Solo Performance: 35 Euros, 45-minute performance.
Single-visit to the theater: 8 Euros.
The front of theater is very alike to the temples of Romans time, a great place for wonderful photos. We thought the structure is amazing, very well conserved, the entrance of the box office is very well refined and organized, and there’s also a great restaurant right at the entrance.
That theater is simply the house of the symphony orchestra of Sicily, right in the central square, among the main avenues. It can be identified soon, it has a statue in front, where people sit down, rest and enjoy.
Front of the Theater
Front of Theater Politeama
Where to Stay
We chose to stay in Airbnb, and we found a great location in a private room at an apartment, only 2 kilometers far from downtown, where there are a lot of touristic attractions such as churches, museums, pubs, quite near stores, restaurants, supermarkets, and we had total attention from our hosts.
Here is our Airbnb link, where you can have a discount too!
Main of Transportation
As the airport is 40 kilometers far from the city of Palermo, we had two options: 90-minute range by bus for 6 Euros (25 Reais), or around 40-minute range by train for 5.90 Euros (23 Reais). We used the train, once it’s much faster and its station is under the airport.
In the city, everything is quite near, so we used other means of transportation, as we stayed at an Airbnb right in downtown, only 1 kilometer far from the train station. We left the city by a bus of Flixbus to Naples and we paid 38 Euros (165 Reais) each ticket, the bus station is beside the subway station.
Train in Italy
Train and Bus Station
Tram in the City
Safety of the City
We thought it’s safe during the time we stayed there. We saw some policing in the streets, but no guards at the touristic attractions. We walked a lot through all over the city during the daytime and it was very peaceful, the people are super friendly and helpful. We also avoided to take tours alone after 8p.m.
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Internet for your Trip
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Kind of Currency
The local currency of Italy is Euro, and the exchange in dollar for May/2019 is $1.00 to 0.90 Euros. We recommend to exchange the currency in a safe place such as an airport or at Exchange, a bank in the city. It’s always good to have the local currency.
Our expenses in currency (REAIS) in Palermo during 4 days for the couple were the following:
Feeding: R$166.00 (market, snacks)
Transportation: R$420.00 (flight, bus, train)
Lodging: R$387.00 (Airbnb)
The days were very calm and we saw many green areas, as there are plenty of squares to be visited in Palermo. It’s possible to find one in each block. That city has much history and many theaters, the culture is strong and present in the streets.
There are plenty of attractants of the street fairs and places to enjoy, when walking, you’ll soon see options of the local cuisine and customs. We had a great time riding around there.