Where is the best area to stay in Palermo?
If you want to be close to all of the city´s main attractions, the best area to stay is the city centre. The centre of Palermo can be divided into two different areas: The new and elegant centre, which encompasses the area around the Via Ruggiero Settimo between the Politeama Theatre and the Massimo Theatre, and the historical centre which is the area that follows on towards the south, where Via Ruffiero Settimo turns into Via Maqueda. Most people prefer to stay in the elegant side of the centre, as the windy and dark streets of the historic centre can be a bit intimidating at night, although the old quarter near the Vía Maqueda is also fine.
If you are staying in the centre of Palermo you can easily access all of the main attractions by foot, such as The Palacio de los Normandos, which was the central location for Sicily’s Kings and Queens as well as being the headquarters for the Sicilian parliament, the Santa María del Almirante church, more commonly referred to as the Martorana, and the Cathedral with its impressive mix of architectural styles.
The Vía Ruggiero Settimo is Palermo´s main shopping street. The city centre also offers a great selection of bars and restaurants. Palermo´s train station can be found in the historical centre and both the new and old centre have many buses routes that can take you to the airport and beaches.