Cheap flights to Palermo
The capital city of Sicily, Palermo is located to the north west of the island, with an airport within the city, making it easily accessible. Even though Palermo is the largest city on the island, most key points of interest are reachable on foot and many a pleasant day can be whiled away exploring its ancient streets.
A hub of history and culture, must-sees within the city include Gesu Church, built in the late 16th Century; its stunning marble construction reflects the archetypal baroque architecture found around the island. Don’t miss the Museo Archeologico Regionale, one of the most popular museums in the whole of Italy, which gives a fascinating insight into the country’s history.
Art lovers will find two opera houses in Palermo and the Teatro Massimo has a busy schedule so you can almost certainly catch a performance at some point during your stay.
When Palermo locals talk about a loud riotous confusion, the word they use is ‘vucciria’, taken from the name of the oldest market on the Italian island. And it’s not hard to see why. Crammed with food stalls during the day, by night La Vucciria comes alive with the clamour of revellers spilling out of tavernas onto the well-worn streets.
Don't miss out on opening night of the Teatro Massimo 2016 season, which debuts with Richard Wagner's Götterdämmerung. The premiere is on 29 January, with performances running until 4 February. www.teatromassimo.it
Rizzo Manufacture Studio (74,via Ruggero Settimo) is an eclectic cobbler and record store, where a family tradition of shoemaking meets the owner's love of vinyl records.
Le Stanze al Genio houses 2,000 pieces of majolica tiles, some dating back to the 15th century. To view this extraordinary private collection book at www.stanzealgenio.it.
Beach season starts early in Mondello, Palermo's most popular seaside town, but try to enjoy before the crowds descend. Bus 806 at any stop along via Libertà will get you there.
Once a Phoenician stronghold, Solunto today is only a skeleton of its former glory. A visit there, some 16 kilometers east of Palermo, not only gives insight on this ancient colonizing civilization, it offers incomparable views over land and sea.
Skiing has never been synonymous with Sicily, but with the right amount of snowfall the slopes at Piano Battaglia, roughly 45 minutes from Palermo, is wonderfully alpine. The slopes aren't huge but it's never crowded, either, making for good runs.