What to see in Palermo, Italy!

You booked your flight and your hostel already but don’t know what to see and do in Palermo, Sicily, Italy? Well, we are glad to help you! The Gomio.com Team traveled to the city in the southern part of Italy and had a great, easy-going time with great Italian food and red wine and of course a lot of Italian culture! Find and book the best hostels and accommodations in Palermo with Gomio and get lost in this beautiful Mediterranean city in Southern Italy.


1. Palermo Cathedral or Duomo di Palermo

One thing you shouldn’t miss visiting is the great architectural complex of Cathedral of Palermo which is called Palermo Cathedral or Duomo di Palermo.

This building in Sicily, in Southern Italy is characterized by the presence of its many architectural styles, due to a long history of additions. An interesting fact is that the last restoration of this well-known building occurred in the 18th century.

In fact, the exterior is designed in the Gothic style, which was developed during the 13th and 14th centuries. In 1453 the south porch was added in an outstanding Catalan style. Also, you will see an influence from decorative Islamic style.


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2. Fontana Pretoria

How about sitting down and enjoying the beautiful Fountain Fontana Pretoria right in Palermo’s loveliest square, Piazza Pretoria? This Fountain was built in one year from 1554 to 1555 by the famous Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani. The Fontana Pretoria is surrounded by the facades of Santa Caterina and San Giuseppe dei Teatini.


3. Catacombe dei Cappuccini

The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, also called the Catacombe dei Cappuccini or Catacombs of the Capuchins are burial catacombs and are an absolute must-see in Palermo, Sicily. These Catacombs are the home of around 8000 original mummies – Palermo residents who lost their lives between the 17th and 19th centuries. You are also allowed to touch some mummies. Somehow the atmosphere can be very scary but at the same time highly interesting.

Please notice: In case you are traveling with kids, we recommend making sure your children are prepared for this attraction, which can be scary for the little ones!