Johann Wolfgang von Goethe after visiting it commented: "Whoever has once seen the sky of Palermo will never forget it". Witness the fact that it is really difficult to find an extremely suggestive, varied and characterized by so much multiculturalism in a single city: you will pass from the Arabian Kalsa to the Norman Church of San Cataldo, or you will admire the splendid Cathedral which boasts 4 different cultural and artistic influences.
If you are going to discover the city, here is one guide on where to sleep in Palermo: the best neighborhoods to stay, costs and useful information.
- Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay
- Palermo area guide
- Montegrappa (University area / via Ernesto Basile)
- Hotel (Ballarò)
- Monte di Pietà (Massimo Theater, Quattro Canti, Cathedral)
- Castellammare or Loggia (via Roma, La Cala)
- Politeama - Freedom (Via Ruggero Settimo, Via Dante)
- De Gasperi-Sciuti-Notarbartolo
- La Kalsa (Piazza Marina, Foro Italico, Spasimo)
- Cuba-Calatafimi (Independence Square, Royal Palace)
- Towns near Palermo where to stay
- Palermo accommodation price map
- User questions and comments
Useful tips: the best neighborhoods to stay
Palermo has the largest historical center in Europe: it is therefore all too easy to suggest it as the best neighborhood. Within the center, in fact, various districts or "districts" develop, as well as roads and strategic areas according to one's needs. We assume that Palermo is not an expensive city; moreover, like all the great ones, offers a wide range of solutions for everyone.
The best areas to save are the university area, along via Ernesto Basile, on the western edge of the Montegrappa district, and the Albergheria area, where the Ballarò market develops. An area of intersection is that between Capo and Teatro Massimo, in the Monte di Pietà district. This area it can also be good for families, as it is truly in the center, but it is always a crucial area also for nightlife: so do not expect silent nights! Here it is much better to prefer the southern areas, along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, or the east one, along Via Maqueda.
Another central area recommended for everyone is the one along via Roma, one of the main arteries of the city: in this case, the recommended section is the medium-high one, in correspondence with the Castellammare or Loggia district.
Adjacent to the Castellammare district is that of Kalsa. The neighborhood is on the upswing, but always remains predominantly popular. Therefore excellent for young people, especially in the inner part of Piazza Revolution and Piazza Magione, but also excellent for families in the north (Piazza Marina, Cala and Corso Vittorio Emanuele) and east (Foro Italico) margins.
The most chic and ideal areas for families are those of Ruggero Settimo, Libertà and Notarbartolo. This area includes the Politeama Theater and the English Garden, and develops along these 3 arteries, which are the most elegant streets of the city, the "living room" of Palermo.
Another recommended area for everyone it is that of Cuba-Calatafimi, especially in the lower part, practically close to Piazza Indipendenza and the Palazzo dei Normanni.
Finally, the Partanna-Mondello area, where the beach of Palermo is located, is far from the center but ideal for a summer holiday by the sea. Certainly expensive, but suitable for everyone and well connected to the center (bus line 806).
- Recommended areas to save: university area (Montegrappa district along via Ernesto Basile), Albergheria, Kalsa (internal part towards Piazza Revolution and Piazza Magione)
- Recommended areas for families with children: Monte di Pietà (prefer the areas along Corso Vittorio Emanuele or along Via Maqueda), Castellammare or Loggia, Kalsa north edge (Piazza Marina, Cala and Corso Vittorio Emanuele) and east edge (foro italico), Ruggero Settimo, Libertà and Notarbartolo, Cuba-Calatafimi (lower part), Partanna-Mondello, De Gasperi-Sciuti-Notarbartolo
- Recommended areas for young people: university area (Montegrappa district along via Ernesto Basile), Albergheria, Kalsa (internal part towards Piazza Revolution and Piazza Magione), Capo-Teatro Massimo, Cuba-Calatafimi (lower part), Partanna-Mondello
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Palermo area guide
The capital of Palermo is divided into 8 major districts, each of which is then divided into many small neighborhoods (in total 25). However, in the case of your overnight stay, take into consideration only the first and eighth districts: they correspond respectively to the historic center and the neighboring areas to the north-east of the center itself, in fact all the attractions not to be missed are concentrated in these districts. in Palermo.
Areas to avoid: the too peripheral areas (Zen, Brancaccio, Falsomiele, ...), the central station area (Oreto-Perez, Sant'Erasmo-Corso dei Mille), Borgo Vecchio, internal areas of the Montegrappa district (around the Civic Hospital ).
Montegrappa (University area / via Ernesto Basile)
We begin the discovery of the individual districts of Palermo with Montegrappa, a district south of the historic center, which develops between the Camposanto di Santo Spirito and the University of Palermo. Here are also the hospital complexes of the Civico and the Policlinico.
The best area to stay in the neighborhood is along via Ernesto Basile, at the northwest edge. Here you will find tons of rental houses, guesthouses or hostels. Instead, the internal area should be avoided and towards the border with the Oreto-Perez district.
Via Ernesto Basile is adjacent to the university, therefore full of convenient solutions and especially recommended for young people and those who want to save! Furthermore, along the street there are numerous bus stops that will take you directly to the center (from the Basile-Università Segreterie stop to the Politeama Garibaldi Theater in the historic center bus direct line 108, 16 min).
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 37,00 for low cost accommodations to € 100,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Near the Montegrappa district is the Albergheria district, another area recommended especially for young people and those in search of nightlife! The entire area is in fact developed around the Ballarò market, thus becoming chaotic during the day, and lively at night.
It is an area very popular as it is very central and close to many attractions. Here are in fact the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Cathedral (just outside the northern edge of the district), but also Casa Professa and San Giovanni degli Eremiti. If you are traveling as a family we recommend staying in the area close to the attractions, and not in the most central part, as it is very chaotic and full of alleys and streets that are best avoided late in the evening.
From here, too you can move on foot to the entire historic center (Royal Palace-Cathedral 7 min, Royal Palace-Massimo Theater 18 min). However, the area is served by several bus lines.
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 43,00 for low cost accommodations to € 103,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Monte di Pietà (Massimo Theater, Quattro Canti, Cathedral)
We now know Monte di Pietà, one of the most central and popular neighborhoods in Palermo. Here you will be practically in the center and within walking distance of the main attractions of the city: the wonderful Cathedral, the Quattro Canti (on the border with the neighboring district of Albergheria), the Teatro Massimo and the lively Capo Market, which animates the district by day!
It is a neighborhood suitable for everyone because it is central, yet very chaotic. Basically it is an area that never goes out, because during the day there is the Capo market and the main attractions, at night nightlife until late.
If you are traveling with your family, we mainly recommend the outdoor area around Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda, for kids the central area can also be fine.
By staying here, you will be very easy to walk around the city and reach the main attractions nearby.
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 37,00 for low cost accommodations to € 150,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Castellammare or Loggia (via Roma, La Cala)
The district of Castellammare or Loggia is one of the most beautiful in all of Palermo! It is in fact in an enviable position: on one side it overlooks the most beautiful stretch of Via Roma, the long road that runs through the center, on the other, the sea, more precisely on the Cala, the old port; on the south-western side on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, from the Quattro Canti to the beautiful Piazza Marina, and to the north on Via Cavour, which connects the Teatro Massimo to the port.
This too is a neighborhood suitable for everyone but quite lively: the area in front of the Massimo Theater, between via Spinuzza, Piazza Olivella and via Orologio, is known as "Champagneria-Fuso Ora", and is the center of nightlife. It is full of clubs, bars, restaurants, wine bars, cafes, street food kiosks, stalls, so if you are traveling with children we recommend that you stay on Via Roma or in the part overlooking the beautiful Piazza Marina.
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 40,00 for low cost accommodations to € 174,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Politeama - Freedom (Via Ruggero Settimo, Via Dante)
The Politeama-Libertà district is the most chic area of the city, the Salotto of Palermo. Around here are the pedestrian areas of Piazzetta Bagnasco and Via Principe di Belmonte, as well as Piazza Castelnuovo and Teatro Politeama, and you will find numerous shops, famous brands, ice cream parlors, restaurants and cafes.
The liberty area of the historic center develops along via Libertà, with luxurious historic buildings, jewelers and shops with the most important brands. At the northern edge is the English Garden, a beautiful public park with kiosks, streams, ponds and play areas.
This district also includes the whole area around the beautiful Via Ruggero Settimo and the rich connection roads with the Mariano Stabile and Emerico Amari ports. IS' really recommended to everyone, but obviously it is also the most expensive in Palermo. It is a central and elegant district, in which to move mainly on foot and full of hotels, including the very famous Grand Hotel et des Palmes.
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 60,00 for low cost accommodations to € 450,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
The De Gasperi-Sciuti-Notarbartolo area is located after the Politeama-Libertà district, continuing along Viale della Libertà. It is a safe and elegant area, between via De Gasperi to the north (towards the Stadio-Favorita area), via Libertà-Marchese di Villabianca to the west, via Notarbartolo to the south and via Sciuti to the east. The further north you go, the further you are from the center but the more the area is quiet, residential and elegant. Moreover it's the new area, with modern, elegant, well-connected streets, new or renovated buildings, and very beautiful areas such as Via Giusti, via d'Annunzio, via Principe di Paternò, which overlook via Libertà.
The neighborhood is perfect for family travelers, as it is safe and far from the nightlife! Despite being a little further from the old historic center, this is it well connected thanks to the many means of transport (from Libertà-Don Bosco stop to Teatro Massimo direct bus line 101, 15 min). In addition, on the sides of the district you can find the railway stations of Palermo Notarbartolo, which is a crucial junction, and Imperatore Federico.
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 40,00 for low cost accommodations to € 100,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
La Kalsa (Piazza Marina, Foro Italico, Spasimo)
The Kalsa district is adjacent to that of Castellammare or Loggia. IS' a beautiful neighborhood, corresponds to the old Arab quarter, but it is very "popular" in the interior. It includes a stretch of the Foro Italico, the wonderful city waterfront. Furthermore, here you can visit the Majolica Museum and the Sant'Anna Modern Art Gallery.
It is a really suitable neighborhood for everyone, however, making some distinctions: families will find excellent facilities and hotels with all comforts in the northern part (around Piazza Marina, Cala and Corso Vittorio Emanuele) and in the east (the part of the seafront). The most central area, especially around Piazza Revolution and Piazza Magione, is instead suitable for young people, thanks also to the lively nightlife!
This neighborhood includes the stretch of Via Roma near the central station which is best avoided.
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 45,00 for low cost accommodations to € 150,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Cuba-Calatafimi (Independence Square, Royal Palace)
Let's go inland, where the Cuba-Calatafimi district develops. It is an area of intermediate value, in the sense that it marks the western edge of the historic center, however the lower part of Corso Calatafimi is quite quiet, residential, comfortable and also economical. Here you will find yourself within easy reach of important attractions such as the Cathedral, the Norman Royal Palace and the famous Catacombs of the Capuchins. In addition, here you can visit the Palace of Cuba, in Arabic style and dating from the th century.
The district actually develops well beyond, up to the borders with Zisa, Altarello and Mezzomonreale, but the part we recommend to evaluate is the one enclosed within the following borders: north margins via Pitrè-via Cappuccini (Catacombs), west Piazza Indipendenza -Palazzo Reale, Corso Pisani to the south and via Pindemonte-via Cuba to the east.
It is a convenient neighborhood for those on a budget, but also for families. We therefore advise you to orient yourself mainly on the eastern part, the one towards Piazza Indipendenza which marks the border with the historic center. Piazza Indipendenza is practically the main hub of city buses, so it is very convenient for getting around.
It is also very well connected to the motorway in case you drive. Going north in fact, Corso Calatafimi crosses Viale Regione Siciliana, or the ring road that becomes the motorway (towards Messina-Catania on one side, towards Trapani-Mazara del Vallo on the other).
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 35,00 for low cost accommodations to € 100,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Finally, here is the Mondello district, north of the center and located directly on the beach. It is an area indicated mainly for the summer period, thanks to its wonderful beach, or to those seeking absolute peace and tranquility in other seasons. You can go around on foot or by bicycle. It is also a fairly expensive area, but here you will really have all the necessary services! To the north it borders the Capo Gallo Reserve, to the west with Tommaso Natale-Via Lanza di Scalea and to the south via dell'Olimpo-Zen.
It is a neighborhood suitable for everyone: the watchword is sea and relaxation! Families and young people will find all the necessary services: clubs, restaurants, kiosks, beaches, children's playgrounds, parking lots, ... Here you can also find a starred restaurant, the Bye Bye Blues. The area is obviously far from the center, but it is well connected thanks to the bus line 806 (about 30 min).
The average prices in the neighborhood range from about € 45,00 for low cost accommodations to € 260,00 for high budget solutions - compare the selection of the best accommodations on booking
Towns near Palermo where to stay
Sleeping outside Palermo can be a good option, perfect for those who hate chaos and prefer to stay in quieter places. In this specific case staying outside Palermo e move for example towards the coast, the beaches or the hinterland of Palermo it is a strategic idea. However, you must always keep in mind that public transport (bus and train) are not always punctual and functional, for this reason, if you choose to stay outside Palermo, it is essential to rent a car (from € 40,00 per day in low season). Here are some options:
- Cinisi (35 km / 40 min): Cinisi is the locality near the Palermo Airport, so it can be strategic to visit not only the center of Palermo, but also the surrounding areas, saving conspicuously on the overnight stay. A few steps away you will have for example Isola delle Femmine or Mondello - Hotels and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room
- Bagheria (17 km / 36 min): it is part of the metropolitan area of Palermo and it is worth staying here because it too is full of historic palaces and villas; moreover, there are daily connections both by train and by bus - Hotels and b & b starting from € 33,00 per room
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