Fly To Palermo, Italy
The city of Palermo may seem a bit chaotic to first time visitors; after all it’s the capital of Sicily, the largest island in the Med and recognised by many as one of the world’s first multicultural societies. A wealth of impressive museums, Arabian domes and baroque architecture jostle for tourists’ attention alongside marketplaces, frenzied traffic and the overbearing heat in summer. Food, wine and pastries are among Sicily's main culinary attractions, and you may well have sampled a bit of of both long before setting foot on the island. If Sicily is the isolated outpost of Italian charm then Palermo is its pulsating heart providing nonstop adventure for fearless tourists. A top Palermo tip is to ask your hotel to arrange cabs and negotiate fares before setting off.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Palermo, Italy. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The closest South African Embassy to Palermo is in Rome, Italy at Via Tanaro, 14, 00198, Roma. Phone: +39-06-85-2541.
See and do
While it’s a city less known to tourists than the famous cities of Rome, Venice and Florence on the Italian mainland; Palermo’s sights, smells and sounds are equally intriguing. The Monreale Norman Cathedral is a beautiful cathedral with amazing mosaics depicting pictures from the Bible, and the ornate beauty and grandiosity of this sight is quite overwhelming. The Stanze al Genio is a unique tile museum with scores of tiles from an individual’s collection. You can get a guided tour of the museum with staggering information about traditional tile making. Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio chapel in Palermo is known for its mosaics in bold colours. The chapel is a panorama of captivating mosaics.
Among the natural sights to see around Palermo, the Riserva Naturale Orientata Di Capo Gallo beach offers some peaceful respite from the city buzz. A ferry can take you to the island of Ustica where snorkeling in the clear waters is a popular pastime.
For art loving tourists, Palermo has a host of options where you can enjoy live performances or simply appreciate the amazing construction of the theaters. Some of the must visit theaters here are Teatro Massimo and Teatro Ditirammu. If you are lucky enough you can enjoy the great acoustics offered by these theatres in a live opera performance. After a day filled with art and culture you can relish in some drinks and ricotta-filled pastries at one of the many restaurants in Palermo.
There is a different genre of shops in Palermo called the ‘pizo free shops’; these stores are supported by locals who refuse to pay ‘tax’ to the local mafia. The most famous market in Palermo is the Vucciria market where you can find some great local goods at good prices if you’re prepared to put your bargaining hat on.
Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport – PMO
Falcone–Borsellino Airport is located 35km from Palermo and is one of the busiest airports in Italy. A railway, Punta Raisi, links the airport with Palermo Centrale railway station. Trains depart every 30 minutes in each direction between early morning and around 10pm.
Food and beverage: A self-service restaurant and bar is available at Palermo Airport.
Currency Exchange: There is a bank located in the terminal on the ground floor, and two ATMs (one for foreign exchange) can be found in the Arrivals Hall.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Palermo Airport Lost & Found, contactable on +39 (0) 917 020 209.
Car Hire: Autoeuropa, Avis, Europcar, Hertz.
Airport Hub: Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport (code PMO) is a hub for Meridiana.