It is unlikely that the weather temperature will fall below 10°, there are several sunny days in winter, in the summer, thanks to the sea effect the city is not too hot most of the days. August is the hottest month in Palermo with an average temperature of 27° (80°F), the coldest is January at 13°C (55°F). In august the average sea temperature reaches 26°C (79°F)
Palermo is one of the cheapest cities in European union if you live like a local!
Renting in the center is unexpensive, you can easily find a confortable room in the center for 200 € per month ( check out our prices here:
street food is everywhere, in Vucciria you can have a night out drinking a beer for only 1,70 € and glass of wine for 1 €
Living in the center you can walk and you can avoid spending money on transportation
The market of Ballarò, Capo and Vucciria offer a wide range of cheap food, fish, vegetables, meat.
Enjoying Palermo's street food is a unique experience of its kind because it allows you to dive into the local culture and the city's adventurous history.
The local preparations are generously offered by rhe marvelous sea and the rich lands warmed by the sun: this combination features Palermo food offer incredibly lively and unforgettable. The tradition of seeling take away the food in Palermo comes from the melting pot of cultures who have lived throughout time in the city: Africans, Latins, Greeks, Jewish and Arabs only to mention some. Each people introduced its food tradition and altogether gve rise to the spiced and crispy bites, often prepared in plain sight by the seasoned food experts of the city. Prices are cheap and you will have a unique experience
Palermo is a mystical city, there is a rich cultural heritage introduced in world heritage sites protected by UNESCO. Palermo is a living example of social-sultural syncretism between both western and eastern civilisations. There are some of the best churches in the world with different styles, Teatro Massimo is one of the most known and most beautiful theatres in the world.
Palermo is a beguiling city, set like a jewel in the fan-shaped Conca d'Oro plainbetween two rocky promontories. For almost three millennia, empire after empite has colonised the place, depositing fragments of language, art, architecture, cuisine and customs that make it a fascinating mirror of Mediterrean history and culture over the centuries.
Palermo people are open and not racist at alL, they are very hospitable and friendly. People do their best to make everyone feel at ease, happy and comfortable. While it might be a bit difficult with the language barriers (especially with the older generation), if you find yourself in a Sicilian's home, you will be truly shocked by how hospitable, kind and generous people actually are.
Even with language barriers, people will try to help you to give an information even with body-language
There is not only Palermo and Catania, the 2 main towns, you can discover a lot of different small towns, most o them wonderful and interesting.
Not only the touristic well known Taormina, Siracusa and Cefalù, find out info about Ragusa, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Noto, Modica, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, Castellamare del golfo, Scopello, Erice, Segesta, Marsala, Milazzo, Tindari, Capo d'Orlando, Corleone, Agrigento, Selinunte, just to mention some
The small islands next to Sicily are some of the best natural places and beaches you can find in the world! Aeolian islands with its natural vulcanos, Egadi islands, Lampedusa, Pantelleria. You have a lot of options to travel around
Palermo center is very affordable, prices for renting, food and drinks is one of the lowest in Europe and you can hve nights out without spening much money.
If you get accomodation in the center (we strongly advice that) you can easily walk everywhere saving money on transportation and saving a lot of stress.
In fact on negative aspects, public transportation in the center is not so great and there is a lot of traffic. Fortunately in the last years with ZTL and PEDESTRIAN AREA, the problem of the traffic in the center was solved and it is much better to enjoy a walk in the main streets of Palermo center
From Palermo you have a lot of combination to go almost anywhere in Europe.
Ryanair has a lot of flights every week to the main cities in Europe, Volotea and Easy-Jet are good alternatives.
Domestic flights are pretty cheap if you book in advance.
There are 3 daily flights to Milano Bergamo and 4 daily flights with Rome Fiumicino.
With Ryaair tThere are direct flights to Germany, Belgium, France (Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Toulouse), England (London and Manchester), Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Nurimberg), Greece (Athens), Ireland (Dublin), Hungary (Budapest), Malta, Poland (Krakow, Wroclaw), Romania (Bucharest), Spain (Valencia and Madrid)
In a big island such as Sicily you will find a huge number of wonderful natural beaches
Palermo area: Mondello, Addaura, Capo Gallo, Cefalù, Campofelice di Roccella, Balestrate, Isola delle Femmine, Lascari, Pollina
Agrigento area: San Leone, Scala dei Turchi (near Realmonte and Montallegro), Siculiana Marea, Gelonardo (east of Siculiana), Torre Salsa, Licata, Sciacca, Selinunte, Menfi
Trapani area: Alcamo Marina, Castellamare del golfo, Scopello, San Vito lo capo, Zingaro reserve, Mazara del vallo
Siracusa area: Augusta, Agnone Bagni, Arenella, Avola Marina, Brucoli, Fontane Bianche, Pachino, Porto Palo
Messina area: Brolo, Capo Calavà, Capo d'Orlando, Gioiosa Marea
Catania area: La Playa, Marina di Cottone (Fiumefreddo), Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni, Fondachello, Mazzarò
Aeolian Islands: These islands have numerous beaches. Spiaggia di Sabbia Nera (Black Sand Beach) on Vulcano is unique. Salina offers Pollara Beach. On the larger island of Lipari is Spiaggia Bianca (White Beach) and Ponente (Marina Lunga).
Other islands: Lampedusa (with the very famous Spiaggia dei Conigli), Pantelleria, Favignana, Marettimo, Linosa
You will find a family here ready to help you, to make new friends and to build a wonderful life here without stress, exploring other towns, discovering the best places where local people go and having a lot of fun.
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David Mellings Reasons to move to Palermo are many, but here are a few of mine. Very friendly, hospitable people, smiley happy people, from the grocery girl missing a few teeth, from the occasional strutting tranny on Via Roma to the ton up teds in their fast flashy cars, they all gave a genuine smile to me last summer. People must always come first. The Food, more on the food later.There are Vespas galore to be admired:the Vespa is surely one of the most beautiful machines ever invented by Man, or Womankind, slimline and graceful, used for transport and for pleasure. I love the sound and smell of them, too, like bizzy bees buzzing around, they are full of, and give Life, night and day they can be heard. Never yet owned one, but there's till Time. And Palermo people are Family people, I like that. Weekends belong to the Family there. We have to some extent forgotten the family tradition of eating together on Sundays in the UK, whatever happened to the OXO Family. But Family Life is vibrant in Palermo, at the weekends many of the city center roads are closed off to traffic, al fresco dining takes over, smiling happy people spill over into the streets, the aroma and whiff of good food is everywhere, compelling us all to eat drink far more than we all should. And what about Bar Touring's "La Bomba" Arancini's, they live up to their name and I always ate them under big old shady leafy trees in the park opposite, a sublime pleasure. And don't start me off on the sheer variety of architecture on offer in Palermo, from the lovely old crumbling edifices, full of character, and, if only, walls could talk, what fantastic stories they might tell to us all, from the very old to the new, more at another time. And please Palermo's, don't take the magnificent Le Poste building on Via Roma for granted, I loved its height, it's imposing bold exterior, it's scary big round columns, especially atmospheric, lit up on a lonely Saturday night, beer or wine in hand to drink at home. And I loitered, with intent, on occasion, to gawp at it's Art Deco interior, to the point, where, probably they had me down as a potential burglar. Well, if I could steal the whole building, without being noticed, I would.
DJ RAD Allow me to add one personal reason to your list mentioned above, which I could identify it as the core reason of my presence in this mystical city Palermo. It’s related primarily to its rich cultural heritage introduced in nice different world heritage sites protected by UNESCO. As a postgraduate student in Museum studies I couldn’t find a better experience to examine a living example of social-cultural syncretism between both western and eastern civilisations.
Jacqueline Vukman Palermo is like living in the Mediterranea Wild west :) with its labyrinthine streets and lapis lazuli skies ... and the thousand-and-one-nights of secrets the winds write
us at every passage, how often each conversation feels like an
initiation, a threshold crossing into a sacred place, into family — the way everyone said to me when i arrived in la vucciria and didn’t know italian they all emphatically said: noooooo Jasmin !
parli bene! anche bellissimo! how i even came to be Jasmin ?!? haha oh my gosh i can write volumes on how big these hearts are and how wonderful it is and yet how sometimes i miss being ‘new
york’ anonymous ... because let’s face it, here we live in the land of: dov’è sei stata??! e sempre insieme! ☺️❤️
and how lucky are we to be in a place where people do notice your comings and goings and that you really can bring a smile to their eyes. 😊 Palermo is the sacred and the profane doing a fox trot, and we are all called to dance. Even when we don’t want to!!! because at the end of the day no problem is too urgent and sharing it alllll no matter what, means more than the sun, the moon and the stars. so long as we’re together.
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