Palermo is the capital city of Sicily, a region in the south of Italy and the country's largest island. Although not always considered to be on the same level as other Italian cities such as Rome, Venice and Milan, this city is of exceptional beauty, with many palaces, churches and interesting sights, thanks to its history and long periods of foreign dominion on the island. Two of the city's most beautiful sights are the Palace of the Normans, with Byzantine, Norman and Arabic elements, and the Catalan-styled Cathedral. Other places of interest are the city's many squares, including Piazza Garraffello and Piazza Pretoria, and the Gesu Church, in the typically Sicilian Baroque style. Monreale is a town a few miles west of the city, and its Cathedral is of truly magnificent beauty and the historical cities of Trapani and Agrigento are just a bit further afield. Palermo Airport links the city with many Italian and European destinations, including: Rome, Milan, London, Amsterdam and Barcelona. If you're looking for flights from Manchester or London, you can find a cheap flight with our online comparison tool, which lets you compare flight options across the market so that you can find one that suits all your requirements. Palermo is also the airport that travellers must go to if they are looking for a flight to Agrigento or flight to Trapani, since there is not an airport in either of these cities.
The city centre has excellent connections with the airport, despite it not being very close to the city. Bus, rail and taxi connections make the trip in around 30-50 minutes. Upon arrival, you can purchase a SicilyPass, which is a free card giving discounts on accommodation, transport and museums, alongside leisure and entertainment facilities. You will also receive a map of the city when you collect in the various distribution points, indicated at: http://www.sicilypass.it/dove.php.You can visit the catacombs of the Capuchin convent, where many mummified people are conserved. After you've visited the city, unwind in the many beaches around Palermo or enjoy its fine food in bars and restaurants. Local specialties include ricotta-filled cornetti, stigghiole (lamb or calf intestines) and any of the fish specialties, such as spaghetti con i ricci (spaghetti with sea urchins). If you want to discover the rest of Sicily, you can take a train or a bus to Catania, Trapani, Siracusa and Agrigento. If you're spending a few days on the island, you should visit the Valley of the Temples, a series of Greek temples, and UNESCO World Heritage Site.