palermo

Hello, palermo

Capital of the beautiful region of Sicily, Palermo is a fascinating hidden gem and a busy port city that brims with energy. Continuously changing, this city has reclaimed its place among Europe’s cultural cities. Palermo is full of sights and treasures: from Baroque churches and glorious Norman-Gothic architecture to Art Nouveau villas and lively markets – the flamboyant spirit of Palermo can be found down every corner of the city's chaotic streets.

City Information

Essential Information about the city

Palermo International Airport

Palermo Falcone-Borsellino International Airport is located 35 kilometres (20 miles) from Palermo. With the bus company Prestia e Comandè, you can get to the city centre of Palermo from the airport. The bus runs between 05:00 and 00:15 and from 06:30 the bus runs every 30 minutes. The tickets can be bought online (www.prestiaecomande.it), on the bus and at the ticket office at the airport (next to the Arrivals and the bus stop). There is also a train connecting the Central Station of Palermo with Punta Raisi, where the airport is located: check the timetable on the website of the Italian train company: www.trenitalia.comThe airport taxi service is on the exit Arrivals Area and they are coordinated with the timetable of the arrival flights.Car rental companies such as Avis, Hertz, Europecar and Sixt are all located in the Arrivals Hall of the airport if you'd like to rent a car.

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Passport/Visa

Italy can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Palermo is during spring and autumn, when the temperatures are still pleasantly warm and tourist flows decrease, with prices for accommodation being reasonably lower. The best months are from April to June, as well as September and October.

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Public Transport

Use the AMAT network of buses and trams to get around the city. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes and can be bought from tobacco vendors, some newsagents or at the AMAT kiosk at Piazza Ruggero Settimo and at the central station. You need to validate the ticket in the machines that are located near the entrances of the vehicle when boarding. The tram system operates four lines in Palermo and is an easy way to get around.

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Taxi

Taking a taxi in Palermo can be expensive, especially in the evenings and if you have a lot of luggage. Always agree on a price before starting the journey and also make sure it is run by an official taxi company (check if there is a taximeter before boarding the taxi). Taxi ranks are located at the train station, Piazza Politeama, Teatro Massimo and Piazza Independenza.Autoradiotaxi+39 091 8481 / +39 091 513311www.autoradiotaxi.itautoradiotaxipalermo@libero.itCooperativa Radiotaxi Trinacria+39 091 6878www.radiotaxitrinacria.it

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Post

Stamps can be purchased at the post office, including tobacconists that carry either the blue and white "Tabacchi" sign or are simply marked with a "T".Besides the main post office, small branches can be found around the city, including one at the central station.

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Pharmacy

Palermo’s pharmacies have alternating open hours during weekends and nights.Antica Farmacia Cavour, located in the city centre, is open 24/7.

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Telephone

Country code: +39Area code: 091 (do not omit the zero)

Electricity

230 V, 50 Hz