When to go to Palermo: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda

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It is one of the most populous cities in the Bel Paese Palermo, the capital of beautiful Sicily, a city with a thousand-year history and breathtaking views. Thanks to its attractions, its climate and its strategic role not only in the South but throughout Italy, Palermo has quickly become one of the most popular local destinations even for foreign tourists.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Palermo: the cheapest period
  3. Palermo in Spring
  4. Palermo in the Summer
  5. Palermo in Autumn
  6. Palermo in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from April to September, with preference for June and September. Palermo is always enjoyable, but in these months you can also enjoy the sea and the days get longer. The Festino di Santa Rosalia is celebrated from 13 to 15 July
  • Period to avoid: none in particular, but the winter months discourage outdoor activities and, of course, you can't go to the beach

Palermo enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by obviously very hot summers and mild and rainy winters. It is unlikely that the thermometer in the coldest months of the year registers minimum below zero. Snowfalls are very rare and reserved for the innermost areas of the province.

From a climatic point of view, the recommended months are May, June and September, to enjoy pleasant but not excessive temperatures in the city and to be able to swim in the sea.

When to go to Palermo: the cheapest period

By booking both the flight and the accommodation solution online, you can visit Palermo without spending a fortune.
The low season in Palermo is winter, but the climate does not allow you to fully enjoy the city and its surroundings.
The best compromise between climate and savings is in the months of April, September and October, perfect for enjoying a wonderful day at the beach or a city tour without the summer heat.

Palermo in Spring

Spring in Palermo is characterized by pleasant temperatures and scarce rainy days, which allow you to wander the streets of the city, savoring its colors, scents and textures (a must in Palermo is undoubtedly its street food).
The unmissable attractions of the Palermo spring? First of all the markets (the most famous is undoubtedly that of Ballarò) where you can taste the typical specialties of the city and breathe, along the streets of the capital, the true Palermo mood. So take advantage of it for a walking tour of Palermo between street food and history (from € 30,00 per person).
Extraordinary are the religious buildings whose architectural style is very reminiscent of mosques, such as the churches of San Giovanni degli Eremiti and San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi.

Spring is also the right season to treat yourself to walks in the midst of nature and excursions, admiring and photographing unique panoramas. Take advantage of the mild climate for a walk in the English Garden, for an excursion to Monreale (12 km), with its majestic Cathedral, or to visit Bagheria and its villas (16 km), among all the Villa Palagonia, known as the "Villa of the Monsters"
For religious or simply curious, one of the top monuments of Palermo is the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, located on Monte Pellegrino; a stone's throw from the Parco della Favorita is the sparkling Chinese Palace, the ancient royal residence of the Bourbons in the period of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Palermo in the Summer

Record temperatures those that are registered, every year during the summer, in Palermo. What better time to take the beaches of the Sicilian capital by storm? Tourists and natives have no doubts: Mondello is the queen of the local beaches, with its fine sand and crystal clear sea! Detail not to be overlooked, Mondello boasts a picturesque city center, to visit in the break between a dip and a tan. And for a true VIP experience, you can sail along the coast on a sailboat (from € 100,00) and visit the nearby reserves of Capo Gallo, Sferracavallo up to Isola delle Femmine.

For those wishing to cool off in the city center we recommend a stop near the Fontana Pretoria. Not far from the center it is possible to visit the Palazzo della Zisa, an architectural masterpiece in the Arab-Norman style. Do not miss an aperitif in one of the clubs in the center, to continue the evening between music and fun until late at night. The essential event? The celebrations in honor of the beloved Santa Rosalia, which are held on July 14th.

Palermo in Autumn

Autumn in Palermo is a sort of second act of summer, with high temperatures for the average of the period and with rainfall increasing only starting from November. There are numerous attractions to target in the September - November quarter; the most singular is undoubtedly represented by visit to the Qanat, the ancient Arab aqueducts of Palermo, in the city subsoil.
The Teatro Massimo is a real pearl of the locality, known for being the third largest theater institution in Europe, after the Opéra National in Paris and the Staatsoper in Vienna.
The cool temperatures are ideal for tours with a local guide to discover Palermo (from € 30,00 per person).

Take advantage of the autumn season to give yourself an unmissable visit to some of the museums and archaeological sites the most famous and interesting Palermitans: the Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of archaeological finds in Italy; the GAM - Sant'Anna Modern Art Gallery; the Archaeological Park of Castello a Mare, famous for hosting an Islamic necropolis.

Palermo in Winter

Moderately cold and rainy: this is how we could summarize the winter quarter of Palermo, erroneously discarded as a favorite holiday destination in the most "glacial" season of the year. Yet the city offers attractions whose charm is particularly tangible from December to February.
Among these, honorable mention goes to the mysterious Catacombs of the Capuchins, annexed to the Church of Santa Maria della Pace and with a disturbing but historically interesting example of a perfectly mummified body (too bad it is a 2 year old girl who died of pneumonia).

Take advantage of the winter climate to dedicate yourself to the Museums of Palermo: the Picture Gallery of Palazzo Abatellis, the Inquisition Museum of palazzo chiaramonte Steri, the Salinas Archaeological Museum and of course the Norman Palace with its Palatine Chapel.
An original idea? Visit the Puppet Opera Museum and attend a unique puppet show!

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: jacket, long pants, umbrella, sweater
  • In summer: swimsuit, sunglasses, t-shirt, shorts, a sweatshirt
  • In autumn and spring: a between-season jacket, t-shirt, sweaters, long pants, comfortable shoes

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