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Palermo City Add-On

Sicily's enigmatic capital
 
Sicily’s vibrant capital makes an ideal add-on to another Inntravel holiday in Sicily. You have a choice of well-located, characterful hotels from where you can delve into the city’s rich history and culture. We provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour.
Palermo City Add-On. 2 nights
Palermo City Add-On. 2 nights
 

Holiday information

 

Palermo

To understand what makes Sicily tick, you have only to look at its geographical location. The southern tip is only 100 miles from the coast of Africa, and so whoever ruled the island had dominance over all important trade routes through the Mediterranean. It has been subject to successive invading forces over the centuries, each civilisation leaving its mark, most notably in the architecture, in a gloriously eclectic style known as Sicilian-Arab or Sicilian-Norman.
It's no surprise, then, that the city of Palermo exhibits an extraordinary range of architectural styles due to this chequered history. For the last 250 years of the first millennium it was under Moorish rule, and the luxurious gardens which still cool the city today date from that time, as do many of the architectural features such as the mosaic inlay on churches and palaces. In 1072, the Normans conquered the island and built the huge Palazzo dei Normanni. The cathedral was founded at the end of the 12th century, although it contains many later touches. Much of Palermo was destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, leaving the way clear for the flowering of embellished, ornate Baroque architecture you will see as you explore.
 
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Sightseeing

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Notes for a self-guided walking tour included
    Palermo is not usually regarded as a 'must-see' city. But we disagree. It is full of monuments reflecting the city's rich and diverse history, and is home to many cultural and natural attractions that can make for a wonderful experience to those willing to explore.

    There's no better place to start than Viale della Libertà Avenue near Piazza Croci, the Art Nouveau heart of the city, sometimes called Palermo's 'Champs-Elysées'. Full of shops, bars and restaurants, it's a great place to sip a coffee and watch the world go by. Don't miss the beautiful honey-coloured cathedral where Frederick II (Emperor Barbarossa's son) is buried; the Palazzo dei Normanni, with its mosaics in the Cappella Palatina and the old Royal Apartments; and the Zisa and Cuba, more ornate Arabic-Norman royal palaces.

    We provide notes for a self-guided walking tour to help you get the most out of your time in Palermo.
  • Favara Castle & Monreale
    Enjoy panoramic views over the city, countryside and the whole of Palermo's gulf from the obelisk dedicated to Italian national hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi, at the medieval Favara Castle on Gibilrossa Hill.

    If you have time, it's well worth heading to nearby Monreale (only 8km way by bus or taxi) to admire the shimmering golden mosaic interior of its cathedral, the most extensive Byzantine mosaic still existing in Italy.
 

Accommodation

We offer a choice of three hotels, all ideally located for exploring the city. Please state your preference when booking.

We provide suggestions for where to eat out in the documentation that we send you prior to your holiday.
 
Prices
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  • Hotel Principe di Villafranca, 2 nights: 01 March 2020 - 15 November 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 - 28 Mar 2020 # £120 £64
    29 Mar - 28 Jun 2020 £194 £76
    29 Jun - 28 Aug 2020 # £120 £64
    30 Aug - 1 Nov 2020 £194 £76
    2 - 13 Nov 2020 # £120 £64

    Includes accommodation and meals as described. No travel is included as it is assumed that you are travelling via the city as part of your main Inntravel holiday.

    # ADD £25pp/n (£25 in single room) for stays at Plaza Opéra & Principe di Villafranca Mon-Thu 1-28 Mar; 29 Jun-29 Aug & 2-13 Nov

    If you are flying via a different airport and would like us to arrange connecting travel, please contact us for a quotation.

  • Hotel Plaza Opéra, 2 nights: 01 March 2020 - 15 November 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 - 28 Mar 2020 # £120 £64
    29 Mar - 28 Jun 2020 £194 £76
    29 Jun - 28 Aug 2020 # £120 £64
    30 Aug - 1 Nov 2020 £194 £76
    2 - 13 Nov 2020 # £120 £64

    Includes accommodation and meals as described. No travel is included as it is assumed that you are travelling via the city as part of your main Inntravel holiday.

    # ADD £25pp/n (£25 in single room) for stays at Plaza Opéra & Principe di Villafranca Mon-Thu 1-28 Mar; 29 Jun-29 Aug & 2-13 Nov

    If you are flying via a different airport and would like us to arrange connecting travel, please contact us for a quotation.

  • Hotel Tonic, 2 nights: 01 March 2020 - 15 November 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 - 28 Mar 2020 £88 £44
    29 Mar - 5 Jun 2020 £112 £70
    6 Jun - 5 Sep 2020 £100 £60
    6 Sep - 24 Oct 2020 £112 £70
    25 Oct - 2 Nov 2020 £100 £60
    3 - 13 Nov 2020 £88 £44

    Includes accommodation and meals as described. No travel is included as it is assumed that you are travelling via the city as part of your main Inntravel holiday.

    # ADD £25pp/n (£25 in single room) for stays at Plaza Opéra & Principe di Villafranca Mon-Thu 1-28 Mar; 29 Jun-29 Aug & 2-13 Nov

    If you are flying via a different airport and would like us to arrange connecting travel, please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Principe di Villafranca, Palermo
    Deluxe: 01 Mar - 29 Mar 2020 £44
    Deluxe: 30 Mar - 28 Jun 2020 £32
    Deluxe: 29 Jun - 30 Aug 2020 £44
    Deluxe: 31 Aug - 01 Nov 2020 £32
    Deluxe: 02 Nov - 15 Nov 2020 £44

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Principe di Villafranca, Palermo (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 28 Mar 2020 # £52 £80
    29 Mar - 28 Jun 2020 £86 £118
    29 Jun - 29 Aug 2020 # £52 £80
    30 Aug - 01 Nov 2020 £86 £118
    02 Nov - 15 Nov 2020 # £52 £80
  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Plaza Opéra, Palermo
    Deluxe: 01 Mar - 29 Mar 2020 £52
    Deluxe: 30 Mar - 28 Jun 2020 £44
    Deluxe: 29 Jun - 30 Aug 2020 £52
    Deluxe: 31 Aug - 01 Nov 2020 £44
    Deluxe: 02 Nov - 15 Nov 2020 £52
    Superior: 01 Mar - 29 Mar 2020 £40
    Superior: 30 Mar - 28 Jun 2020 £30
    Superior: 29 Jun - 30 Aug 2020 £40
    Superior: 31 Aug - 01 Nov 2020 £30
    Superior: 02 Nov - 15 Nov 2020 £40

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Plaza Opéra, Palermo (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 28 Mar 2020 # £52 £80
    29 Mar - 28 Jun 2020 £86 £118
    29 Jun - 29 Aug 2020 # £52 £80
    30 Aug - 01 Nov 2020 £86 £118
    02 Nov - 15 Nov 2020 # £52 £80
  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Tonic, Palermo (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 28 Mar 2020 £40 £60
    29 Mar - 05 Jun 2020 £50 £80
    06 Jun - 05 Sep 2020 £45 £70
    06 Sep - 24 Oct 2020 £50 £80
    25 Oct - 02 Nov 2020 £45 £70
    03 Nov - 15 Nov 2020 £40 £60
  • This information is for guidance only; no travel is included in our prices and you should pay locally for your chosen option.

    For more information about the airport, visit the Palermo airport website.

    Getting between Palermo airport and the city (35km):

    Public transport Approx. duration Frequency
    Bus 55 minutes every 40 minutes
    Other options Approx. duration Approx. cost
    Taxi 45 minutes 50€
What is included
  • 2 nights
  • 2 breakfasts
  • street plan
  • notes for a self-guided city walking tour
 
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