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Palermo City Center: What to Do and Where to Stay

Palermo is a lively and vibrant city, where each area has a distinct soul that sets it apart from the others. Via Roma and Via Maqueda are elegant thoroughfares of Palermo, bustling with life, history, and culture. Lined with elegant buildings, shops, cafes, and restaurants, they are a dynamic mix of ancient charm and modern vitality. They represent the most important streets of Palermo's downtown, from where you can explore the soul of the Sicilian city.

From here, you can visit some gems of the Sicilian capital – some prominently displayed and others more hidden – immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of shopping and cultural streets, and finally discover the most fascinating but also exclusive sides of the city.

  1. Teatro Massimo: The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele in Palermo is an ode to elegance and sophistication: its halls, galleries, reception rooms, and monumental staircases embellish the theater itself, creating an architectural complex of majestic proportions, making it the largest lyric building in Italy and the third largest in Europe.

  2. Vucciria and Capo Markets: These are two of the liveliest markets in Palermo, where you can immerse yourself in the colors, sounds, and flavors of Sicilian culture. You'll find stalls of fruits, vegetables, fish, and other local specialties.

  3. Quattro Canti: This baroque square is located in the heart of the historic center and takes its name from the four corners representing the four ancient districts of Palermo.

  4. Piazza Pretoria: Also known as "Piazza della Vergogna," it is surrounded by Renaissance and Baroque buildings. At its center lies the Fontana Pretoria, dating back to the 16th century.

  5. Palermo Cathedral: Along the splendid Via Vittorio Emanuele, you'll encounter this majestic cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which combines Gothic, Arab, and Norman architectural elements. Inside, you can admire frescoes, royal tombs, and a crypt.

  6. Palazzo dei Normanni (Royal Palace): Just a little further, you'll be amazed by the Royal Palace, a superb example of Arab-Norman architecture and the seat of the Sicilian parliament. Inside, you can visit the Palatine Chapel, famous for its Byzantine mosaics.

  7. A Stroll Along Via Ruggero Settimo: Via Ruggero Settimo is one of the main and most important streets in Palermo, considered as its "salotto buono" (good parlor). It hosts the most exclusive boutiques, key commercial and business spots, as well as refined and sought-after venues.


Where to Stay: Palazzo Liberty Unique Hotel on Via Roma

For exploring the downtown area of Palermo, the best choice is undoubtedly to stay at our hotel, Palazzo Liberty Unique Hotel, which thanks to its location allows you to reach several historical and artistic sites, as well as the main shopping streets, in just a few minutes on foot.

This Geocharme Luxury Collection Hotel embodies the spirit of Sicily, a land of harmonious contrasts and encounters of different cultures: the liberty style of the palace blends with a unique innovative design to provide maximum comfort and well-being to those staying in Palermo for business or pleasure. Book your stay now and let yourself be enchanted by this city and its corners, all waiting to be discovered!