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Palermo, the capital of Sicily, lying on the northern coast of the island, has a rich and varied history. Founded by the Phoenicians, the strategic location of the port meant that its ownership was hotly contested and at various times it has been in the hands of the Romans, Saracens and Normans, among others. The legacy of Palermo’s many and diverse rulers is visible in the Byzantine, Norman, Renaissance, Arabic and Baroque influenced architecture of the city to this day.

Modern Palermo is a city with a raw energy all of its own, an appealing mix of decay and splendour, with a vast number of fascinating palazzos, churches and castles just waiting to be explored. You could easily start off your Palermo yacht charter with a few days spent exploring the many and diverse charms of the city and still not get to see everything.

The Cappella Palatina in the Palazzo dei Normanni is Palermo’s premier tourist attraction – dating from 1130 and recently restored, the walls are covered with exquisite mosaics and the wooden carved ceiling in the Arabic style is a fine example of the cultural complexity of Norman Sicily. Nearby is the Mercato di Ballaro, Palermo’s busiest street market, with a bit of everything from food to lingerie. 

The Capo, location of Palermo’s extraordinary cathedral, built in the Arab-Norman style unique to Sicily, is a web of interconnected streets and blind alleys that is home to another bustling market and the imposing monastery of Sant’Agostino.   Museums and galleries abound, specialising in everything from archaeology to marionettes and modern art. And of course, the eating in Palermo is exceptional with everything from street-food to fine dining just waiting to tempt you. Try not to overdo it, because Palermo’s nightlife has a reputation for being some of the best in Italy, and it would be a shame to miss it.



  • Moorings are available at the Marina Aquasanta in Palermo.

To Do:

  • Explore the fascinating city of Palermo
  • Visit street markets
  • Eat
  • Facilities:
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Wi-Fi
  • Water
  • Provisions
  • Taxis