Discover our local Gay Palermo Guide and insiders’ recommendations, for best gay bars, clubs, restaurants, museums, monuments, shopping …
With one million inhabitants Palermo is the largest city in Sicily.
Founded 28 centuries ago, it is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is a place where different cultures have come together: Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, Arabs, and even Normans have marked the history of the city.
A walk on the markets like the one of Ballaro de La Vucciria is an essential step to understanding this blend of cultures, and of course to taste amazing Sicilian street food.
The old town has been magnificently renovated while keeping its soul. Its tangle of alleys, its baroque churches, its sumptuous palaces are a synthesis of all that Italy and Sicily have to offer.
Among the countless sumptuous churches, you will visit Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio or San Cataldo. La Loggia district offers five baroque treasures, including the Oratory of San Domenico and the Oratory of Santa Cita.
The cathedral is a beautiful mixture of Romanesque and Arabic architecture, built on the site of an ancient Roman temple and a mosque.
The Palais Normand and its Palatine Chapel, covered with gold and mosaics, are breathtakingly beautiful.
The Archaeological Museum brings together one of the most precious collections of Phoenician and Greek art in the world, in a sumptuous 16th-century palace.
The Valguarnera-Gangi Palace was completed in the 1780s. It was in its Ballroom that Luchino Visconti shot the film “The Guépard” with the splendid Alain Delon.
The Palace can be visited by appointment and the beautiful ballrooms rented for special events … Weddings, baptisms, disco parties … if you have something special to celebrate and some money left.
At the evening, try to book a show at the Massimo Theatre, the City Opera House, which with its 1600 seats, is the third largest in Europe, after the Palais Garnier in Paris and the Staatsoper in Vienna. It can accommodate up to 700 actors on its stage.
Its recent renovation has restored it to its neoclassical splendor.
A few kilometers from the city, the visit of Monreale Cathedral, which offers superb Greek and Byzantine mosaics, is a must. You will also be amazed by its splendid cloister.
Day trip from Palermo
Located near the city of Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a unique place where you can admire 12 temples built during the Ancient Greek period.
The Temples of Hera, Heracles, Zeus or Dioscuri will amaze you, especially if you manage to visit this exceptional site off season.
Actually, the valley can be unpleasant in summer because of the hot and crowd.
Gay area in Palermo
The city has a small but vibrant gay scene perfect for a weekend.
Sicilian boys are mythically beautiful, and the atmosphere is amiable.
Finally, Palermo is strategically positioned when visiting Italy, as it is only a few hours drive by car, boat or train to make your way to fascinating and gay-friendly cities such as Catania Naples or Rome, or going north to Florence, Turin, Venice, Padoa, or Bologna.