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Known to be the “Kingdom of the sun”, Palermo is a city in Southern Italy which is the capital of Sicily as well as the Metropolitan City of Palermo. Palermo is a gorgeous city with impressive architecture, a rich historical and cultural heritage and with amazing gastronomy. The city offers the best nightlife in the whole of Italy. Full of pubs, restaurants and bars, the city comes alive at the strike of midnight. As for its name, the Normans invaded the city in the 12th century and named it as the "Kingdom of the sun”. The city offers an upbeat energy that matches no other place in Italy. 

St. Peter’s Basilica
Sant Elia sunrise      |        Click by Jason Boldero from Flickr

If we look into the past, then Palermo is considered to be the most conquered city in the world. The city has had a gruesome past with the Mafias, where killings were very common, but unlike the past, Palermo is now known for its serenity and peaceful people. The place has completely changed as if the city has had a rebirth. So, if someone asks you  what Palermo is famous for, you can easily tell them that the city is known for its beautiful architecture, delicious food, refreshing beaches and its magnificent scenic beauty.

Iconic Monument of Palermo    |        Click by Chris from Flickr

The weather in the city remains cool all around the year because of the presence of the Mediterranean and this is one of the reasons why many people wish to visit Palermo. The city is also known for its appetizing food and amazing restaurants. Palermo has a thunderous nightlife and whenever people from any part of the world visit Italy, they ensure that they do not miss out on the fun that happens in the capital of Sicily.

Why Visit Palermo

Palermo is an underrated city and it would turn out to be the perfect place for anyone who wishes to explore Sicilian culture and cuisine. Being the capital of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo, Palermo offers a peek into the great history of the prehistoric era. Palermo is also known as the most conquered city in the world, which implies that the place is full of different architectural styles. 

After Genoa, Palermo is the second-largest city in Europe that is known for its rich historical heritage. The Norman Castle, Cathedral, and Teatro Massimo are one of the most famous places in this city. These places come under the category of Palermo’s main attractions/Palermo- main attractions and these places are the reason why people visit the city in huge numbers. So, if you're someone who loves to explore historical sites, Palermo is the right place for you.

A major number of tourists have pointed out that Palermo is a small town which can be easily explored on foot itself. However, the city has a lot of transfer systems in store for the locals and outsiders alike. The Norman Palace, Santa Maria dell' Ammiraglio, and the Royal Palace come under the category of Palermo beautiful places. These places also attract a lot of tourists all around the year. These transfer systems are cost-effective and are bound to make your intercity transfer comfortable and easy. 

Talking about the Metro system of the city, it functions on a similar line as the transport system of the National Railways of Palermo. However, the city's metro system is very compact. However, for anyone who wishes to travel from the city centre to the Norman Palace and the tourist sites near it, the metro transfer system would prove to be the best option. A ticket for a metro ride would cost €1.30, which makes it an affordable option to travel inside the city. 

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Bus, Palermo    |    Click by Chris from Flickr

Bus 

To explore Palermo top 10 attractions, a bus would prove to be the most viable option. Palermo features a huge municipal bus network which is run by a company called AMAT. A bus ride in Palermo costs €1.40 and the tickets are usually sold at tobacco shops and many small shops. The tickets expire after 90 minutes, so make sure that you use them within the limited time span. Also, if you've been unable to buy the tickets from the shops, then you can buy them on board but you'll then have to pay an amount of €1.80. If you're planning to roam about the whole city on the bus then you might as well buy a 24-hour ticket at a minimal cost of €3.50. Hence, the bus system of the town turns out to be one of the most feasible options for travelling across the city. 

Taxi, Palermo   |   Click by John O'Connell from Flickr

Taxi 

A bus ride may seem to be a good option because of its affordability and feasibility, but the huge amount of traffic in the city may come in a  smooth way of your trip. Due to traffic, bus schedules often run late and appear to be very time-consuming. One way to save time is by hiring a taxi. Taxis prove to be the best option to travel in and around Palermo because they help you to reach your destination on time. The taxi price will depend on the distance you wish to take. Per kilometre, a taxi will cost you about €0.84. However, Rydeu promises to offer the best taxi services in town according to a person's budget and affordability. If you're a resident of Santa Flavia, you will be able to get a Palermo Airport Taxi to Santa Flavia at a price of €70-€88.

Italy and its cities are often called heavenly towns and once you've reached your dream destination, you will then require a transport system to drop you off at your hotel or lodgings. Thankfully, Palermo offers a wide range of airport transfer options. Palermo Airport Transfer to City consists of options like a taxi, a train and even a bus at times.

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Taxi, Palermo        |       Click by Sicily Short Stay from Flickr

The Palermo Airport is located at a distance of 28.4 kilometers from the city centre. Just below the Palermo Airport, you will be able to locate a railway station that is known as Punta Raisi. Tourists can easily access this railway terminal with the help of lifts and escalators. After you've reached the railway station, take a direct train from Punta Raisi to Palermo City Centre. It will approximately drop you at your destination in an hour. The ticket price for a one-way journey will amount to €5.90 and you can either buy the ticket from the ticket vending machine that is available at the Punta Raisi station or you can purchase it online. Hence, via train, the procedure of Palermo Airport Transfer to City is facilitated to a huge extent. If you are running on a tight budget, a train would seem to be the best option for you. But if you are carrying a lot of luggage with you, consider taking a taxi to reach your hotel or lodgings. 

Choosing a Palermo Airport Taxi will always turn out to be a fruitful decision, because if you are travelling to the city for the first time, then you should go for the easiest option- Palermo Airport Taxi to City. In all the Italian cities, taxi services are offered 24/7 hours. You will be able to reach your destination within a span of 30 minutes without worrying about your luggage. The Palermo taxi services function on the basis of metres travelled. So, if you're taking a taxi from  Palermo Airport to  Palermo City Centre, it will cost you around €35. However, you should always conside rprebooking your taxi service, as the taxi prices vary according to the time and traffic conditions. Rydeu helps you to your taxi without any hidden charges.

We have already talked about the city and we now know that the city is known for its incredible history, rich cultural heritage and its unbeatable gastronomy. Palermo is believed to be the most conquered city to exist and, due to this reason, the city features different architectural styles. The city offers a fantastic day-life and a rocking night-life. While visiting Palermo, people are often concerned about the question- is Palermo a safe city? But, it turns out that the danger levels of the city are neutral. Many tourists have shared their experiences and most of them have stated that although Palermo is a free city, one should  remain vigilant. Now, to ease your travel itinerary, we will be guiding you to some of the most amazing places in and around Palermo.

Best Time To Visit Palermo 

Palermo, an attractive city located in Southern Italy, is surrounded by the Mediterranean, which influences the weather of the city all around the year. After looking at the geographical conditions of the area, it turns out that the best time to visit the city is in the months from  March toJuly. During these months, the accommodation price and the cost of flights are  comparatively less than in the other months. 

In addition to this, in the month of July, the daytime is usually longer than the nighttime, so, if you're a day person, then you should visit the city in the months of June-July. Also, during these months, the place is devoid of tourists. The best sights in Palermo, Sicily can be truly enjoyed only if you visit the city in the appropriate weather. Hence, to avoid crowds, these months turn out to be the best months to visit Palermo.

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