I’ve written a brief history for Palermo (and even though I’m sure you’ve already read it) there is a lot that most people don’t know about the culture and heritage of this great city. While traditionally we are best known for the food, the sea and the Sicilian Mafia, there is a lot more to Palermo than this. It isn’t a surprise to anyone living here that it’s the Italian Capital of Culture for 2018.
Palermo is known to most historians as the most conquered city in the world. It seems that countless powerful cultures have held positions in this area stretching out for thousands of years. Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Phoenicians and Spaniards have all called this region home throughout the ages. Compared to the crooks (who look a lot like politicians) who run the city now, any of those other rulers might be deemed “the good ole’ days”. I digress, you don’t want to know about present day politics, you want history.
This capital city is the fifth largest in all of Italy, and it has one of the biggest historical centers found in all of Europe. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time in the city, you likely aren’t going to have enough time to appreciate all it has to offer. Fortunately for you, I’ve narrowed down a list of must-see sights.
Here is an important tip: Choose a place to stay that is close to the attractions that you want to see the most. You will find the public transportation in Palermo to be a letdown, so stay close to what’s important to you. If you haven’t booked yet, have a look at the best areas to stay.
Want to know what to see in Palermo? Below you will find a list of the Top 15 tourist attractions in Palermo along with a brief description to help you choose among them.