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At Palermo, do not miss out on Monreale abbey and its cathedral filled with mosaics depicting major biblical scenes. Also pay a visit to the monastery whose arcades are decked out in splendid polychromic designs. Visit the regional archaeological museum on the Piazza Olivella. The collections are all stored in the cloister of a 17th century convent and include numerous Egyptian, Carthaginian, Greek and Roman relics.
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- The collection of squares, one more beautiful than the last: the star 'Quattro Canti' as well as Garrefello, Caracciolo, Vucciria, Magione, etc.
- Even though some palaces are not open to the public, you should still go have a look at their exterior. The same goes for the theatre if you are not planning on seeing a play.
- Wandering through the stalls of the three most famous Sicilian markets: Capo, Vucciria and Ballar˛. There are also some less well-known ones, like the one on Marina Square, which is open at the weekend.
- Visit the many Palermitan palaces, like Steri and Abatellis, most of which include a museum.
- Visit the many churches and chapels scattered throughout the city: the churches of St. Francis and Santa Maria dello Spasimo, or the Monreale Cathedral, which is probably the largest monument from the Norman period.
- Walking through the city's botanical garden.
- Getting lost in the maze of streets of the historic centre or the famous catacombs of the Capuchin convent. br/>
- Explore the Qanat, (the old Arab aqueducts).
- Stroll along the seafront of Mondello, a chic seaside resort located some 10 minutes from Palermo.
- + The cuisine
- + The multicoloured markets
- + The palaces and churches hiding behind heavy doors
- + The climate
- - The traffic
- - Some of the roads are not in very good condition.
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To think about
Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat, even outside of the summer season.
If you rent a car, have an experienced driver take the wheel, since driving around Palermo is very difficult.
Just like in all big cities, you should not display your valuables when you are walking around.
Since the Cosa Nostra (the Sicilian mafia) is part of Sicily's history, avoid talking about it in your every discussion and with every Palermitan you meet!
Pane ca' meusa, panelle e Crocce', caponata? To discover all these specialities, head to the Focacceria S. Francesco. Remember that one of the Palermitan specialities is none other than the calf spleen, often eaten in a sandwich or a Panini.
When it comes to pasta, try the sardines pasta (pasta con le sarde), it is one of the typical Sicilian dishes.
To bring back
Clothes and accessories, of course (you are in Italy after all!) that you will find in the shops concentrated around three streets (via LibertÓ, via Ruggero Settimo and via Maqueda). High fashion (Versace, Dolce e Gabbana, etc.) or retail chains, you will be able to find almost all of the brands.
Ceramic objects: decorated objects, vases, dishes, etc., are all part of the Sicilian artisanry.
Fruit, vegetables and spices from the markets.
These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Palermo . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Palermo so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Palermo , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.
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Hot / Optimal
The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.
Bad weather indicators
Dry / Optimal
Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).
Sunny / Optimal
Sunny (over 80% sunshine).
Very pleasant / Optimal
High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).
Light warm breeze
Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).
Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.
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