A laid back Mediterranean island where 'La Dolce Vita' is taken literally. Sicily is special, and Palermo is its enigmatic capital city. Known for its near 3,000 year history, delectable food and stunning architecture, it's a great option for return visitors to Italy, who have already visited the classic destinations of Rome, Venice and Florence. Visitors will want to start with the historical centre, which is the second largest of its kind in Europe. Highlights include the beautiful cathedral, and the Fountain of Shame. Then there's the great beaches and the incredible food scene - Sicilian specialties include cannoli and sfincione, a kind of soft pizza dough with a topping of tomato, onion and Sicilian cheese - it can be found at street food stalls all over Palermo and the rest of the island.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Palermo. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Palermo on a bespoke touring itinerary to Italy, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.