276 Palermo (Sicily) Cruise Reviews

We decided to try the tourist train and were not the only ones, as there was a long queue waiting for one of only two trains. To their credit, the train staff managed to organize the boarding. We managed to see all of the highlights, but ... Read More
We decided to try the tourist train and were not the only ones, as there was a long queue waiting for one of only two trains. To their credit, the train staff managed to organize the boarding. We managed to see all of the highlights, but did not dare disembark to visit some of the sights for fear that we would not be able to get back on. There seemed to be fewer crowds later in the day, so I would suggest that folks wait a bit before lining up for the tour. We did some shopping in the afternoon - mostly souvenirs along the pedestrian street. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Norman Palace is impressive but a fair distance from the port, about 30-40 minutes walk. We took the red tourist train and instantly regretted it because it was slow and infrequent. A hop-on hop-off bus might be better.
Norman Palace is impressive but a fair distance from the port, about 30-40 minutes walk. We took the red tourist train and instantly regretted it because it was slow and infrequent. A hop-on hop-off bus might be better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We saw a pretty cool temple. It was unfinished because the island was invaded by the Carthaginians.
We saw a pretty cool temple. It was unfinished because the island was invaded by the Carthaginians. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Port is closed to the main district which is nice. Catherale Di Palmero is a good place to visit. Try the local sparkling drink called "Bio", it is pretty tasty.
Port is closed to the main district which is nice. Catherale Di Palmero is a good place to visit. Try the local sparkling drink called "Bio", it is pretty tasty. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Palermo was tied for worst with Marsaille. Get out of the city of Palermo to get a feel of the real Sicily. The people are not friendly and it is just a big city. It is not representative of Sicily. I am 100% Sicilian American and have ... Read More
Palermo was tied for worst with Marsaille. Get out of the city of Palermo to get a feel of the real Sicily. The people are not friendly and it is just a big city. It is not representative of Sicily. I am 100% Sicilian American and have been to Sicily twice before. Palermo is always the least favorite of my visits. Go to Santa Rosalia or Monreale if you can. Those places are definitely worth the drive. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Very nice to visit town. You can walk right into the city, though on the way back - since we were "at the other end", we took a cab ride back. Like anywhere, beware of pickpockets - a local indicated that we should carry our ... Read More
Very nice to visit town. You can walk right into the city, though on the way back - since we were "at the other end", we took a cab ride back. Like anywhere, beware of pickpockets - a local indicated that we should carry our backpack on our stomach. In general, the people here are very friendly, though we were surprised at the high price of a coffee in a café that clearly wasn't on the tourist track. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
PALERMO: Palermo has a gritty beauty and vitality that I always enjoy. Some of its main streets have been blocked off and are now pedestrian friendly. The ship docks at the maritime station near the ferry terminals. As you exit the ... Read More
PALERMO: Palermo has a gritty beauty and vitality that I always enjoy. Some of its main streets have been blocked off and are now pedestrian friendly. The ship docks at the maritime station near the ferry terminals. As you exit the port, pick up a city map at the TI in the small wood cabin near the gate. From there it is about 15 minutes to the Teatro Massimo, another 10 minutes to the Quattro Canti intersection, and another 15 minutes along Via V. Emanuele to Piazza Independenza where you will find the bus #389 to the fabulous Cattedrale Monreale. The best place to get on the bus is at its rest stop on the far (inland) side of the plaza across from the row of small gas stations. You are more likely to get a seat from there because when the bus starts up, it swings past the wall of the Palatine Chapel and quickly fills with tourists. Check the schedule on the internet -- I believe there is a convenient departure at 10 am and about every 30 minutes thereafter. The trip into the hills takes about 30 minutes and costs 1.80 euros each way, ticket purchased from the driver. The cathedral is near the end of the bus line and there is a gorgeous view of the entire Palermo city and harbor from the walk between the bus stop and the cathedral. Inside the cathedral are the most extensive and beautiful byzantine mosaics in the western Mediterranean. It is absolutely breathtaking. For a restroom there is a friendly cafe across the plaza, and there is a small park ideal for picnics if you pass the front of the cathedral on your left, and walk under two arches past the mini-post office. The return bus leaves from exactly the same spot where it dropped you off. Back in Palermo, the new tourist entrance to the Palatine Chapel is on Piazza del Parlamento, on the opposite side of the palace from Piazza Independenza and the former tourist entrance. If you are there Fri-Mon when parliament is not in session, you can see the royal palace at the same time that you see the chapel. The chapel is a mini-version of the Cattedrale Monreale, and just as breathtaking. The chapel can be a mob scene in high season, so go early or during the lunchtime lull. From there it is a leisurely walk back to the ship. A detour through the Palermo Cattedrale and the Ballaro street market is worthwhile. On your way back, near the Quattro Canti, is the too-sexy-for-prudes Pretoria Fountain. Near the fountain are some old Norman churches, useful because all the Norman sites have free wi-fi access. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We took a taxi tour with our friends €120 for 6 adults and 2 children. Saw most of the sights over 2 hours and had a wander round the food market.
We took a taxi tour with our friends €120 for 6 adults and 2 children. Saw most of the sights over 2 hours and had a wander round the food market. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We walked from the boat to the old town. It was kinda far, but able to do with 2 kids (12 & 8). We walked until we found some food. Then just walked in the old town area around the palaces and ate street food. I did not take an ... Read More
We walked from the boat to the old town. It was kinda far, but able to do with 2 kids (12 & 8). We walked until we found some food. Then just walked in the old town area around the palaces and ate street food. I did not take an excursion. But not sure if there was enough interest to take one. It is an easy port stop to walk from the boat into town and back on your own. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Just grabbed a taxi tour when we got off the ship late. Lucky to get a great english speaking guide that made our day
Just grabbed a taxi tour when we got off the ship late. Lucky to get a great english speaking guide that made our day Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
You need to ignore, the scruffy aspects to Palermo.........there are plenty of them. But there are plenty of outstanding aspects to the city and island. Over the centuries much wealth was in a small number of hands - so there are fabulous ... Read More
You need to ignore, the scruffy aspects to Palermo.........there are plenty of them. But there are plenty of outstanding aspects to the city and island. Over the centuries much wealth was in a small number of hands - so there are fabulous buildings, churches, theatres fountains and other features. Teatro Massimo opera house is a must! Again on this visit we found the people friendly, cafe/street food super, we admire their resilience coping with adversity. We had a great day in Palermo. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Excellent city full of architectural gems. Make sure to visit the Norman castle.
Excellent city full of architectural gems. Make sure to visit the Norman castle. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018

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