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How to Spend 2 Days in Palermo

How to Spend 2 Days in Palermo

Sicily’s unique culture and cuisine shine in the port city of Palermo, where Arab influence remains strong in the architecture, markets, and food. Spend a day experiencing the city’s long history, then travel further back in time with an excursion to the Italian island’s ancient temples. Here’s how to spend two days in Palermo.

Day 1: Palermo

**Morning:**Explore Palermo’s old town, rich in 12th-century Arab-Norman churches and palaces decorated with Byzantine mosaics. Delve deep into the city’s history and architecture with a guided walking, bike, or Segway tour to take in highlights like the Norman Palace, Palatine Chapel, Palermo Cathedral, and La Martorana.

**Afternoon:**No visit to Palermo is complete without a turn through its souk-like markets, so join a food tour that includes market tastings of popular street food. Alternatively, opt for a cooking class that begins with a market visit to shop for ingredients before preparing—and feasting upon—Palermo’s most unique dishes, often paired with Sicilian wines.

**Night:**After your culinary break, take in the architectural treasures in the towns of Monreale or Cefalù, home to two Norman cathedrals covered in glittering Byzantine mosaics. These churches are among the most significant monuments in Sicily and a must for architecture enthusiasts.

Day 2: The Greek Temples of Agrigento and Segesta

**Morning:**Sicily once was part of the sprawling Greek empire. Modern visitors can see a number of Greek temples still standing on the island, including one of the most striking in the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento on the southern coast, a popular day trip from Palermo.

**Afternoon:**Stay closer to the city with a trip to Segesta, home to temples no less impressive than those of Agrigento. Some tours also include a stop at the nearby Greek ruins of Selinunte or the hilltop town of Erice, where you can enjoy local food and wine.

**Night:**Relax for your final hours in Palermo with a leisurely sail along the coast. Take in views of towering Mt. Pellegrino, La Cala harbor, and Mondello Beach and, as the sun sets over the sea, toast the city with wine and Sicilian appetizers on board.

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Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-day Tour

Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-day Tour

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Discover two of Palermo’s most distinctive landmarks on this immersive, private tour. Set off from your accommodation—hotel pickup and drop-off are included—and venture first to the Capuchin Catacombs: a macabre destination home to thousands of mummified bodies, many of them priests. Next, discover the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Monreale, famous for its fusion of Norman and Arabic architecture. A break for Sicilian coffee and nibbles is also included.
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  • 4 hours
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$107.07
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$107.07
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Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

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Capital of Sicily, Palermo is a city of rich history and impressive architecture—with hidden secrets round every corner. On this bike tour, hop onto the saddle, escape the tourist trail with your guide, and see sides of Palermo many visitors miss. Spin along peaceful back-streets and through pretty squares, sample Sicilian street food, and experience life in Palermo away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.34
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Erice and Segesta Day Trip from Palermo

Erice and Segesta Day Trip from Palermo

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Enhance your sightseeing experience of Sicily on an enriching full-day excursion to Erice and Segesta from Palermo. Delight in the medieval majesty of Erice, a walled town that reigns over the picturesque harbor of Trapani. Delve into historical wonders of Segesta at the archeological site, marveling at the unfinished temple and absorbing sweeping vistas of Sicily’s sun-drenched valleys and undulating hills.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.17
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$95.17
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The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

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Discover a number of western Sicily’s most popular destinations on this full-day tour from Palermo. Meet your guide at your accommodation, climb aboard a climate-controlled minivan, and head first to Segesta, where you’ll explore the ancient Greek amphitheater and temple (entry own expense). Then, discover the medieval town of Erice, enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch (own expense) in Saline, and finish with a walking tour of the elegant city of Trapani.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$297.40
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$297.40
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Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

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Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

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Indulge all your senses on a walking tour of Palermo's rich street food traditions. Join a knowledgeable guide for a walk through the historic part of the city and its vibrant outdoor markets. Sample some of Palermo's unique street foods, such as 'panelle' and 'meusa.' Watch the lively scenes all around you, observing what seems like another time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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See the highlights of Palermo with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, exploring at your own pace. Get a view of the city’s top attractions from the top of a double-decker bus, including sights like the Quattro Canti, Vucciria Market and the Teatro Massimo – one of Italy's most famous opera houses. Enjoy audio commentary during the tour.
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  • 50 minutes to 1 hour
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$23.79
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Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily

Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily

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Explore Palermo’s key sights on foot on this walking tour of the Sicilian capital. Meet your guide in a convenient location in central Palermo, and set off. Visit popular landmarks ranging from the Palermo Cathedral and Palazzo Pretorio to the Massimo Theater. Learn about the city’s long entanglement with the mafia, and meet the shopkeepers and other individuals who have pioneered a local anti-mafia movement.
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  • 3 hours
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$38.14
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Authentic Sicilian dinner with a local chef in Palermo

Authentic Sicilian dinner with a local chef in Palermo

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Experience fine-dining in the ancient city of Palermo. Meet your local chef and begin a 3-course immersion in authentic Sicilian cuisine. Eat a delicious dinner that may include fresh olives, local cheeses, bruschetta, pasta with melenzane, sarde, or Sicilian cauliflower, and grilled Mediterranean fish. For dessert, savor Crostata cake, coffee, and other delicious treats. Enjoy Italian wine and a vegetarian option with fresh local vegetables upon request.
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  • 4 hours
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$70.19
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Palermo Segway Tour

Palermo Segway Tour

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Forget your feet and abandon the automobile, the best way to see Palermo is via Segway. Smoothly cruise around town upright and on two wheels with your expert guide going from legendary landmark to spectacular site, and stopping at each spot to learn about its history. Head through the bustling Capo Market where some of the best street food in Sicily is sold, pass by the Gallery of Modern Art and discover the rich architectural heritage of a town that has been strongly influenced through the centuries by everyone from the Arabs to the Vikings.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.77
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$117.77
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Handmade Sicilian Pasta Cooking Class

Handmade Sicilian Pasta Cooking Class

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Get your hands dirty with this pasta workshop, limited to 12 people to offer an intimate atmosphere. Learn how to make three kinds of Sicilian pasta and a traditional Sicilian dessert from a local instructor. After the class, raise a glass of wine and feast on the dishes you prepared. This cooking workshop includes recipes to take home.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$180.55
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Private Tour: Palermo Sailing Trip

Private Tour: Palermo Sailing Trip

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Set sail for a memorable day at sea with a private, 4-hour sailing excursion from Palermo. Let an expert skipper handle the navigation while you soak up the sun on deck and take in spectacular views of Sicily’s coast including Monte Pellegrino mount, Port La Cala, and Mondello Beach. Along the way, raise a glass of refreshing white wine and snack on a traditional Sicilian appetizer. With room for up to six passengers, it’s a great way to celebrate with family or a group of friends.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$829.69
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