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How to Spend 3 Days in Palermo

How to Spend 3 Days in Palermo

There’s no better place to experience Sicily’s unique culture than Palermo, whose architecture, cuisine, and language have been influenced by millennia of invaders. Explore this vibrant port city, admire Sicily’s ancient temples, and relax at sea—here are some of our favorite ideas for a 3-day stay.

Day 1: Architecture and Cuisine in Palermo

Begin your stay in the heart of Palermo in the captivating old town, a heady alchemy of Norman, Moorish, and baroque architecture juxtaposed with street markets, dialects, and dishes molded by centuries of Arab influence. A morning tour on foot, bike, or Segway is the best way to appreciate the grandeur of the historic center—marvel at the 12-century Arab-Norman churches decorated with Byzantine mosaics, including the Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel. At lunchtime, sample the city’s street food on a food and market tour, or sign up for a cooking class and learn how to prepare traditional local dishes. Alternatively, architecture enthusiasts might visit nearby Monreale or Cefalù to check out the Norman cathedrals, among Sicily’s most significant cultural treasures and UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

Day 2: Archaeology in Agrigento and Segesta

Sicily was once part of the vast Greek empire known as the Magna Grecia, and vestiges of the Hellenic occupation are scattered across the island. Dedicate today to discovering some of Sicily’s most impressive archaeological ruins, and venture out to the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento. Or, visit Segesta, closer to Palermo but no less dazzling. Both are home to surprisingly well preserved Greek temples dating from as far back as the fifth century BC. Go with a guide to better understand the history and architecture of these Doric treasures—some tours stop for a traditional Sicilian lunch in Agrigento or the hilltop town of Erice.

Day 3: A Day at Sea

End your visit by exploring the Sicilian coastline by sea. Set sail along Mondello Beach to the picturesque marine reserves of Capo Gallo and Isola delle Femmine, stopping to swim in the crystalline waters and enjoy a lunch of Sicilian classics. Otherwise, sail around to the tip of Capo Mazzaforno to the west and the Finale di Pollina to the east. This stretch of coastline is known for its idyllic beaches, so take a dip in the turquoise bays along the route, before heading back to port to bid farewell to Palermo.

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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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US$97.34
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$24.34
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.46
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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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US$41.18
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US$43.80
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71.79
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$109.51
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US$109.51
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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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US$53.54
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$304.20
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US$304.20
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$184.67
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