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Palermo Daily Life (Self Guided), Palermo

A daily walk around Palermo, especially on the first day visiting, will surely raise your excitement and eagerness to learn more about this fantastic wonderland. Rarely will one find a town with such a culture, history, and architecture as Palermo.
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Palermo Daily Life Map

Guide Name: Palermo Daily Life
Guide Location: Italy » Palermo (See other walking tours in Palermo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: Lilly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Teatro Biondo
  • Porto di Palermo
  • La Cambusa
  • Giardino Garibaldi
  • Foro Italico
  • Teatro del Canti Popolari Ditirammu
  • Kursaal Kalhesa
  • Villa Giulia
  • Orto Botanico di Palermo
  • Piazza Magione
Teatro Biondo

1) Teatro Biondo

Teatro Biondo features the most appreciated Sicilian wood, glass, iron, as well as overall craftsmen one will find. While the internal quality of the performances have attracted kings and princes of Palermo, it's the everyday people that come again and again to appreciate the sheer beauty of this fine Sicilian theater.
Porto di Palermo

2) Porto di Palermo

Porto di Palermo is considered to be one of the most convenient ports in the Mediterranean sea as well as the central gateway for passengers and cargo arriving in Sicily. Porto di Palermo is one of the most ancient ports in the Mediterranean. The name of the port derives from the Greek word "Pan-Ormos," which means "All Harbor."
La Cambusa

3) La Cambusa

La Cambusa, since 1988, has provided locals and tourists alike with some of the finest dining you can locate in Palermo. The restaurant's management has been passed down from generation to generation. The menu offers traditional Sicilian in rich flavored, prepared dishes.
Giardino Garibaldi

4) Giardino Garibaldi

Giardino Garibaldi is a marvelous garden situated in the center of Palermo, at Piazza Marina. Exotic trees are the eye-catching element of the “Giardino”. The most impressive are the banyan trees that have their aerial roots exposed, but there are also fig trees and palms.
Foro Italico

5) Foro Italico

Foro Italico is a large park on the seaside of Palermo. The garden stretches 40,000 square feet, offers pedestrian trails, tree lined streets, benches, ceramic sculptures, a bike path, as well as a large scenic, and finely illuminated area by night.
Teatro del Canti Popolari Ditirammu

6) Teatro del Canti Popolari Ditirammu

Teatro del Canti Popolari Ditirammu, while the smallest of Italy's theaters (seats only 52 people), is still very popular. Visited mostly by tourists, the theater it continues to perform beloved Sicilian popular songs, depict traditions and customs, as well as provide quality entertainment.
Kursaal Kalhesa

7) Kursaal Kalhesa

Besides the fact that Kursaal Kalhesa is conveniently situated in one of the oldest monuments in the city, the venue is also one of the most appreciated libraries in Palermo. Along with the gigantic collection of books, visitors will admire photographs, exhibition catalogs, and other publications of interest.
Villa Giulia

8) Villa Giulia

The Villa Giulia, or Villa del Popolo, is a park lying to the east of the botannical gardens. The park was commissioned by magistrate D. Antonino La Grua e Talamanca, marquis of Regalmici in 1777 with inspiration from Giovanni Meli. Construction began that year, completing in 1778. It was later enlarged in 1866.

Designed by Nicolò Palma and named after Giulia Guevara, it was Palmero's first public park. The monumental entrance overlooking the Foro Italico is of a neoclassical design. It is permanently closed so cannot be used for access to the garden. The primary entrance, located on Lincoln street, is less developed. At the heart of the villa is the dodecahedron fountain. This consists of a sculpture composed of a dodecahedron shaped marble clock created by the mathematician Lorenzo Federici, each face of the dodecahedron featuring a sundial. This is supported by a statue of Atlas by Ignazio Marabitti, set in the centre of a circular fountain. Decorations surrounding the fountain consist of various metal sculptures. Around the central fountain are four exedra, these were designed by Giuseppe Damiani Almeyda and intended to be used for musical performances. Among the marble sculptures, the most significant one of note is the "Fontana del Genio a Villa Giulia" - the Genius of Palermo which went on to become a symbol of the city, built in 1778 by Ignazio Marabitti.

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Orto Botanico di Palermo

9) Orto Botanico di Palermo (must see)

The Orto Botanico di Palermo, or Palermo Botanical Garden, is both a botanical garden and a research and educational institution forming part of, and managed by the Department of Botany of the University of Palermo. It covers about 30 acres on top of red soil that has evolved on a calcareous tufaceous substratum. The gardens are currently home to at least 12,000 different species.

The earliest beginnings of the gardens go back to 1779, when the Accademia dei Regi Studi created the chair of "Botany and medicinal properties". They were allocated a modest plot of land to develop a small botancial garden dedicated to the cultivation of plants with medicinal benefits for the twin objectives of general learning and improving public health. The central neo-classical building, known as the Gymnasium, is located near the main entrance gate. Originally it was the main office of the Schola Regia Botanice (school of botany), the Herbarium, the library and the director's office. The Linneian section is the oldest section of the gardens, laid out in a rectangular shape and divided into four quadrangles, the "quatrains" (or quartini). Each quatrain is further divided into flowerbeds, within which the plants were originally organised along the lines of the Linneian system of classification.

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Piazza Magione

10) Piazza Magione

Piazza Magione was founded in the 1990s. Before it became a green grassy park, it served as a car parking. Now it hosts concerts during summertime and is the favorite place for children from local neighborhoods to play.

Walking Tours in Palermo, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palermo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Religion has always played an important role in the lives of the Italian people. Thus, it is little wonder that the great city of Palermo features a plethora of churches, cathedrals, and temples. Here is the first part of Palermo's religious buildings walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Palermo Introduction Walk

Palermo Introduction Walk

Palermo is one of the most famous and well visited cities in Italy. Located in the north of the Sicilian Isle and directly on the shore of the Mediterranean, the city is magnificently designed and constructed. Here you will find a plethora of architectural masterpieces such as old churches, governmental buildings, and various monuments. Follow this orientation walk to explore the best attractions...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Palermo is incredibly friendly to children and boasts a plethora of entertainment options for kids. So if you are looking for a fun day out in the sun with the family, check out the wide number of Palermo's entertainment options for the young ones.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

The Museums and the Art Galleries of Palermo are brilliant venues that adequately conserve the rich and beautiful history of this fine city. Wander through the streets of Palermo, venture into these museums and art galleries, and discover the cultural heritage of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Religion is central to the culture of Italy. Thus, the city of Palermo features a wide variety of religious institutions including churches, cathedrals, and temples. Journey down the part two of Palermo's religious buildings tour and enjoy the sights.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
The Palaces of Palermo

The Palaces of Palermo

The palaces of Palermo were and still are a fine manifestation of the historical life of the Palermo region. Amazingly, some of these great palaces still stand while have struggled to retain their original form from centuries earlier. The story of each palace is a terrific visual behind Palermo's rich cultural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles