Budget Travel Ideas in Palermo

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Palermo Budget travel


There are several hostels in Palermo. Some hostels offer shared rooms (dormitory) for approximately 10€ per person/night. If you would like more privacy, you can find private rooms where you will have to share a bathroom with other rooms, and prices range from 15€ to 28€ per person/night in double occupancy. Rooms with a private bathroom are a little bit pricier but still affordable, starting at 20€ per person/night.


You can also find several B&Bs in town, and most are located in the center of town and on pedestrian streets and close to public transportation, with prices starting at approximately 30€ .


If you prefer, there are two campgrounds in town. Prices vary with the seasons, ranging from 30€ per day. You can contact the campgrounds directly to reserve and inquire on prices.


There are several activities to do in and around town. You can walk around the town through the narrow streets and stop by Piazza Caracciolo to pick up a picnic lunch. Here you can find everything from local wines, juicy tomatoes, grapes, bread, olives, salami, octopus and hare. Visit in early morning or early evening for a better selection. If you are dining out, remember that residents tend to eat dinner late in the evening. Most restaurants will offer early bird specials to tourists and a reservation is required for later patrons.

Piazza Cappucini Catacombs

For those with a taste for the unusual, the Piazza Cappucini Catacombs is the perfect destination. This labyrinth of passageways and vaults is full of the bodies of past residents. The bodies were dried out using a secret process, and they were dressed in their Sunday bests and were arranged by profession. There is no set price but they ask for a donation at the entrance.


You can hike to the top of Monte Pellegrino (approximately 600 meters high) to view the breathtaking panorama of the city, the sea and the surrounding mountains.

Churches and architecture

Churches are prevalent in Palermo. You can discover them just by meandering the streets as each area boasts a church. Some churches are built in the Byzantine style, such as Chiesa della Martonara, some are of Norman architecture, such as San Cataldo. San Giuseppe dei teatini is a Baroque style church, whereas San Giovanni degli Lebbrosi is built with Arab influences. It is free to visit all these churches, although some will ask for a donation.

February 11, 2010 change by ctanios

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