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Sail Date: September 2008
We did not partake on a tour on this port. The city was rather dirty and overcrowded and we really were not impressed. Most of the landmarks had graffiti on them and it was really no different then NYC if you take out the sky scrapers. ... Read More
We did not partake on a tour on this port. The city was rather dirty and overcrowded and we really were not impressed. Most of the landmarks had graffiti on them and it was really no different then NYC if you take out the sky scrapers. We've heard since that other ports in Sicily are much nicer then this one. We did, however, have the BEST pizza I've ever tasted at a little local sidewalk restaurant! Also, the gelato we found here was the best we had in Italy. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2009
We were in Palermo from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We did not book any excursions. We walked from the dock area throughout the city. A number of sites are very close to the ship. We visited the cathederel, a very large market and the Capuchin ... Read More
We were in Palermo from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. We did not book any excursions. We walked from the dock area throughout the city. A number of sites are very close to the ship. We visited the cathederel, a very large market and the Capuchin Catacombes. We returned to the ship for lunch. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
I loved Sicily. We did the Messina Wine tour and loved it!!! There was a 45 minute drive to Messina. Got to see some lava rocks that were remnants of Mt Etna which was very cool. Then we went up to a winery where the views were ... Read More
I loved Sicily. We did the Messina Wine tour and loved it!!! There was a 45 minute drive to Messina. Got to see some lava rocks that were remnants of Mt Etna which was very cool. Then we went up to a winery where the views were breathtaking and had a wonderful feast waiting for us. There were plenty of appetizers, food and wine. I highly recommend this tour if you want to see some great views and have some authentic Sicilian food. It was a little pricey, but worth it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2009
We again wandered about and didnt tour, and we found the area near the port, smelly, noisy and we were afraid of the constant traffic who didnt stop when we crossed the road. Again we went back to enjoy the ship.
We again wandered about and didnt tour, and we found the area near the port, smelly, noisy and we were afraid of the constant traffic who didnt stop when we crossed the road. Again we went back to enjoy the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Palermo is easy access from the pier on foot. We decided to do the hop on hop off bus which was 20 euros and there was two lines, red and blue. Each line runs about 1 1/2 hours and had an audio guide included in the price for many ... Read More
Palermo is easy access from the pier on foot. We decided to do the hop on hop off bus which was 20 euros and there was two lines, red and blue. Each line runs about 1 1/2 hours and had an audio guide included in the price for many languages. The blue line did start until 2pm. We bought the tickets at the pier desk thinking we could get right on when we got to the stop. It was morning and the rush was on. We had to get a number and wait for about an hour to get on the bus. Evidently many others had the same idea. The rest of the buses we used were no trouble. There are a lot of street vendors in the area and most things are not made in Sicily. The local markets are very interesting. Found some gelato by the cathedral that was delicious and cooled us off on this very warm day. If you are on a short time frame I would recommend taking an excursion or finding a cab driver you like and pay them to take you around. Wish I had done more homework here. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
The ship docks only 100 yards or so from the town. Noisy and frantic. You'll wait forever at a pedestrian crossing so be bold. The usual hop-on/hop-off tour buses are available but it is anything but peaceful. Some respite at the ... Read More
The ship docks only 100 yards or so from the town. Noisy and frantic. You'll wait forever at a pedestrian crossing so be bold. The usual hop-on/hop-off tour buses are available but it is anything but peaceful. Some respite at the cathedral if you want to see yet another. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2009
We booked a "cooking lesson" tour because none of the Palermo city tours sounded interesting. That said, the bus did stop briefly at a few sites in palermo (beautiful cathedral) before heading up into the mountains to an old ... Read More
We booked a "cooking lesson" tour because none of the Palermo city tours sounded interesting. That said, the bus did stop briefly at a few sites in palermo (beautiful cathedral) before heading up into the mountains to an old villa where one wing is being turned into a bed-and-breakfast (still under construction). The owners were also the chefs. We all were invited to participate in the preparation of the meal, which included eggplant parm and several other dishes and desserts. We all took notes (it was a little difficult because our hosts did not speak English. The tourguide translated but I am not sure I would trust my recipe... plus of course everything there is measured in metric units... but I enjoyed watching the technique nevertheless!) While dinner cooked we wandered around the villa and took pix of the surrounding countryside (charming and bucolic). Dinner was 6 courses and unlimited glasses of wine -- we were all a little tipsy when we left but boy was it delicious! A different pace for sure -- but a nice break from touring. it was raining when we got back to the ship (our first rainy day!) so I think we picked the right excursion as it would not have been fun traipsing around in the rain in Palermo, which frankly did not look like the friendliest city... (but I did love the little souvenir shop in port; bought some beautiful hand-painted bottles of Limoncello, the national after-dinner drink -- OMG is it ever good!) And I bought 2 beautiful hand-woven scarves, and now i wish I'd bought twice as many! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2009
watch taxi prices nearly got ripped off some wanted 40 euro into centre got it for 25 lovely market
watch taxi prices nearly got ripped off some wanted 40 euro into centre got it for 25 lovely market Read Less
Sail Date: November 2009
Map in hand, we headed for the principal sights only to come unexpectedly upon a museum of contemporary art, the high point of our tour! There is a great deal to see in the city, impressive buildings from the previous century and we were ... Read More
Map in hand, we headed for the principal sights only to come unexpectedly upon a museum of contemporary art, the high point of our tour! There is a great deal to see in the city, impressive buildings from the previous century and we were exhausted when we completed our uphill climb. This may explain why the way back to the ship led us into a narrow alley, home to an outdoor market with fresh fish and cephalopods of every description on display. The thing about narrow alley is that they immediately challenge the Italian driver to see how fast he can go (as in the movies) without actually hitting a pedestrian or overturning a stall. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
We went on a trip across the northern part of the island to a fishing town.The central part was dominated by its cathedral; narrow roads led out from the square. It was very cold and there was not a long time to stroll very far in any ... Read More
We went on a trip across the northern part of the island to a fishing town.The central part was dominated by its cathedral; narrow roads led out from the square. It was very cold and there was not a long time to stroll very far in any direction. Perhaps in summer, it may be an interesting place to explore. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Turned out to be a surprisingly interesting substitute for Alexandria. A trip to the catacombs by private taxi is unforgettable.
Turned out to be a surprisingly interesting substitute for Alexandria. A trip to the catacombs by private taxi is unforgettable. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
Well connected to the city. Overall, Palermo is a bustling city - untidy and full of small roads and lots of cars. We hired a taxi that took us to Monreale and showed us all parts of Palermo (all for 90 Euros for 6 persons) We found the ... Read More
Well connected to the city. Overall, Palermo is a bustling city - untidy and full of small roads and lots of cars. We hired a taxi that took us to Monreale and showed us all parts of Palermo (all for 90 Euros for 6 persons) We found the Catacombs spooky and interesting - not to be visited with kids though. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
I REALLY wanted to like Palermo, but areas of it were shabby and intimidating. I wanted a more detailed map than the one supplied by Costa but the Tourist Information on the Port was closed. We headed for the Ballaro Market it was ... Read More
I REALLY wanted to like Palermo, but areas of it were shabby and intimidating. I wanted a more detailed map than the one supplied by Costa but the Tourist Information on the Port was closed. We headed for the Ballaro Market it was dirty and we felt very threatened by the locals who stared unsmiling as we passed through Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We bought a bus pass and used to to do see some of the local monuments and do a little shopping. If there was good shopping in Palermo we couldn't find it. The monuments we saw were interesting but not that memorable. If I were ... Read More
We bought a bus pass and used to to do see some of the local monuments and do a little shopping. If there was good shopping in Palermo we couldn't find it. The monuments we saw were interesting but not that memorable. If I were here again, I might go to the catacombs-some of our dining companions went there and they were duly impressed. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Can't really say too much about Palermo as we didn't disembark. It looks very industrial. We're visiting next year, so we'll take a look then.
Can't really say too much about Palermo as we didn't disembark. It looks very industrial. We're visiting next year, so we'll take a look then. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Our beach tour excursion canceled. The tour of the city and the Chapel of St Rosalia, then the short trip to the beach was very nice.
Our beach tour excursion canceled. The tour of the city and the Chapel of St Rosalia, then the short trip to the beach was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
Palermo, capital of Sicily, had some interesting buildings such as Quattro Canti (decorated in 1617) Piazza Pretoria with a renaissance fountain and the cathedral built in the 12th century
Palermo, capital of Sicily, had some interesting buildings such as Quattro Canti (decorated in 1617) Piazza Pretoria with a renaissance fountain and the cathedral built in the 12th century Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2010
To see the place where The Leopard film (my favourite Visconti film!) was shot was thrilling along with a wonderful local guide to fill us in on the history of this wonderful house + exquisite pastries and iced tea from their superb ... Read More
To see the place where The Leopard film (my favourite Visconti film!) was shot was thrilling along with a wonderful local guide to fill us in on the history of this wonderful house + exquisite pastries and iced tea from their superb kitchen. A completely lovely afternoon. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
A port in an emergency, dirty place one which one would not chose to visit, the tour was better than just walking around which many did and did not enjoy.
A port in an emergency, dirty place one which one would not chose to visit, the tour was better than just walking around which many did and did not enjoy. Read Less

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