Family Travel Ideas in Palermo

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Palermo Family Travel

When traveling with your family to Palermo, make sure that you research hotels before booking. There are areas of town that should not be traveled at night, such as the historical center and the La Kalsa neighborhood, since they can be dangerous. Also, while walking around town in any area, make sure that purses, wallets and cell phones are out of reach of pickpockets and motorcycle-riding snatchers.


Palermo boasts hotels for any budget and taste, and most have discounted fees for children or large groups. Some smaller hotels in the center of town might not have restaurants, so make sure to check before booking. Most hotels in Palermo do not have an outdoor pool since they are so close to the beaches.


If the children traveling with you are older, you might want to visit the Catacombe dei Cappuccini. The labyrinth of passageways and vaults are filled with the corpses of past residents that were embalmed, dressed in their Sunday bests, propped against the walls and are arranged according to their professions. Younger children might find this creepy or even downright frightening. Donations are accepted at the entrance.

Bus tours

Palermo now offers free sightseeing bus tours. The buses go by every 30 minutes, 7 days a week, and you can hop on and off at any stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours and you can listen to commentaries in eight languages.
Palermo Archeological Museum

People of all ages will enjoy visiting the Palermo Archeological Museum. It is located in an 18th century convent and features several collections. You can see statues of Zeus dating back to the 2nd century. Admission is free for children under 18.

Il Capo market

If you would like an authentic Arabian shopping experience, look no further than Il Capo. Located in the Palazzo Reale-Monte di Pieta neighborhood, this market was first opened in the 13th century. Walking through the stalls in this market is like walking back in time, as the market resisted changes throughout the years and survived the 1943 bombings.

Museo delle Marionette “A. Pasqualino”

The Museo delle Marionette “A. Pasqualino” is a must see with children. This museum boasts more than 3500 puppets and related items from around the world. You can even see some of the puppets in a play, depending on the time of your visit.

Caves and natural preserves

There are 3 caves in the area that are open to the public and accessible to childre, including,  Carburangeli, Conza and Grotta di Entella. Make sure to bring a sweater as the temperature inside the caves is noticeably cooler than the outside air. You can also hike in several natural preserves in the area, such as the Monte Carcace, Monte Pellegrino and the Valle del Sosio.

February 11, 2010 change by ctanios

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