Also called Falcone Borsellino Airport, Palermo Airport (PMO) is one of Italy’s busiest air hubs. As Palermo is such a popular destination, a number of airlines provide flights. Some of the most popular include Thomas Cook Airlines, Alitalia and Lufthansa. In addition, a number of low cost carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet offer flights between the UK and Palermo. On average, you can expect a flight from London to Palermo to take around 2 hours 50 minutes.
The airport is situated on the Mediterranean coastline, just 19 miles away from Palermo city centre. If you do not have transfers already in place, there are a number of transport options at Palermo Airport which can convey you to your hotel. Taxis are station outside of the arrivals area and can quickly take arrivals to their hotel. However, it should be noted that taxis are quite expensive. As a result many arrivals choose to take the Trinacria Express from the airport to the city centre. Alternatively, arrivals can get a bus to the city centre or destinations farther south.
What To Do In Palermo
Quattro Canti District
Called the Four Corners district in English, the Quattro Canti is Palermo’s historic heart and is home to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Perhaps the most notable landmark here is the Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina. Today the Palazzo is home to the Sicilian Regional Assembly but in the past it used to be a royal residence. The Palazzo dates back to the 9th century and features Norman, Arab and Byzantine elements, reflecting Palermo’s long history of invasions.
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
Without a doubt, this cathedral is one of Palermo’s most famous landmarks. The grand cathedral displays an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Arab, Norman, Gothic, Swabian and Renaissance making it a truly interesting building to explore. While at the cathedral, be sure to check out the crypt and the treasury which are home to a number of important artefacts. One of the most interesting relics in the treasury is Queen Constanza’s gold tiara.
Palermo’s most unusual and macabre attraction is the Capuchin Catacombs. After outgrowing the Capuchin Monastery in the 17th Century, the Capuchin monks excavated crypts beneath the monastery and began laying deceased friars there to rest after being mummified. However, perceiving it a symbol of status and wealth, upper class people requested to be preserved here too up until the 1920s.