How to get to Palermo
Cruise liners berth at the Stazione Marittima, which was built in 1950. Taxis and horse drawn carriages are usually waiting at the exit of the port to take travelers around the city. The small winding streets of Palermo make it ideal for exploring on foot, but many cruise companies also offer shuttle buses to the center of town.
One Day in Palermo
Start the morning at Palazzo del Normanni, home of Sicilian parliament. It is one of the islands most historic structures and also one of the most breathtaking. Intricate mosaics and detailed gold work dating back to the 12th Century decorate its halls. Follow this stop with one of Italy’s most impressive cathedrals, Monreale Cathedral, just six miles from the port at Palermo. While beautiful from the outside, it’s the 42 biblical scenes that are detailed in mosaic on the cathedral’s walls that truly amaze visitors, and views of the bay are some of the best in the city. End the day with a trip to Tre Erre Ceramiche ceramic shop, which sells the brilliantly painted pots and dishes Sicily is known for.