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Top Choice Chapel in Palermo

Cappella Palatina

Designed by Roger II in 1130, this extraordinary chapel is Palermo's top tourist attraction. Located on the mid-level of Palazzo dei Normanni's three-tiered loggia, its glittering gold mosaics are complimented by in…
Top Choice Palace in Palermo

Palazzo dei Normanni

Home to Sicily's regional parliament, this venerable palace dates to the 9th century. However, it owes its current look (and name) to a major Norman makeover, during which spectacular mosaics were added to its royal…
Top Choice Opera in Palermo

Teatro Massimo

Ernesto Basile's six-tiered art-nouveau masterpiece is Europe's second-largest opera house and one of Italy's most prestigious, right up there with La Scala in Milan, San Carlo in Naples and La Fenice in Venice. Wit…
Top Choice Cathedral in Palermo

Cattedrale di Palermo

A feast of geometric patterns, ziggurat crenellations, maiolica cupolas and blind arches, Palermo's cathedral has suffered aesthetically from multiple reworkings over the centuries, but remains a prime example of Si…
Top Choice Museum in Palermo

Galleria Regionale della Sicilia

Housed in the stately 15th-century Palazzo Abatellis, this art museum – widely regarded as Palermo's best – showcases works by Sicilian artists from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. One of its greatest treasures…
Top Choice Bistro in Palermo

Bisso Bistrot

Frescoed walls, exposed ceiling beams and reasonably priced, lip-smacking appetisers, primi (first courses) and secondi (main courses) greet diners at this swinging, smart-casual bistro. Located at the northwest cor…
Top Choice Vintage in Palermo

Mercurio Vintage

What was a Liberty-era jewellery store is now a treasure trove of valuable vintage threads, shoes and decorative items, including ceramics, jewellery and couture from past and present Sicilian designers. Dig up anyt…
Top Choice Theatre in Palermo

Teatro Massimo

Taking over 20 years to complete, Palermo's neoclassical opera house is the largest in Italy and the second-largest in Europe. The closing scene of The Godfather: Part III, with its visually arresting juxtaposition …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Palermo

Enoteca Buonivini

Serious oenophiles flock to this bustling, urbane enoteca (wine bar), complete with bar seating, courtyard and a generous selection of wines by the glass. There's no shortage of interesting local drops, not to menti…
Top Choice Sicilian in Palermo

Trattoria al Vecchio Club Rosanero

A veritable shrine to the city’s football team (rosa nero refers to the team’s colours, pink and black), cavernous Vecchio Club scores goals with its bargain-priced, flavour-packed grub. Fish and seafood are the rea…