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- Wonderful eating and shopping, not to be missed. You DO NOT need a tour guide to take you through the area. Just wander.Written 24 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We love local food markets, and this is a nice one, but not our favorite. Probably best to go earlier rather than later. We had lunch here, which can be managed by English speakers, but not without some difficulty. We were accompanied by a guide who helped us order lunch. And bring your camera!Written 8 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited the Outlet Village recently and made some purchases. Great selection of all type of goods no bargains. Hi, when will the winter sales start? In December or January?Written 4 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- There are several traditional markets in Palermo. We went to both Capo and Vucciria but if I had limited time and had to choose, I’d pick Capo. It was larger, more lively, more interesting and had a greater range of more appealing street food.
For those who care to look there’s a lot of interesting foodstuffs here. Herbs, spices, olives, live lobsters, small sharks and giant octopus. Best of all are the huge swordfish. Stallholders tie the swords with ropes, lashing them to a railing so that the heads are raised up and the blades are on full display.
We watched fishmongers expertly slice through the flesh of these giant fish with cleavers, then carry away the massive heads in both arms. We browsed the colourful mountains of local fruit and veg and tasted Sicilian street food (although I drew the line at the spleen sandwich).
What you see here is a real working street market, not the sort where you find endless, plastic tourist tat and copy sunglasses, copy handbags etc. Fruit stalls are made out of upended crates and people have worked here for generations. We noticed that we were never pestered or pressured to buy. You can just wander and look. However, if you are buying street food, I’d recommend checking the price before you order. We picked out several things from the cart and then sat to eat them but when the bill arrived, it was quite expensive. As we hadn’t checked prices when ordering, I suspect they may have been jacked up accordingly.
The thing I liked most was that in the middle of the market, behind awnings and fruit crates is an old Baroque church, Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione. It seemed so unexpected and incongruous to have a church in the midst of the market but of course it’s perfectly normal in Palermo and that’s part of the charm.
GETTING THERE: From Teatro Massimo, it took less than 5 min to walk there.Written 7 November 2020
- My wife and I recently visited the Farm Cultural Park in Favara and we found it nestling amount the local community at different locations and levels. Our time there was most rewarding and thought provoking.Written 5 August 2022
- Stopped in this market for something to eat on way to a performance.ance at Teatro Massimo. It had a good buzz and I can imagine it's great fun later at night- unfortunately I don't make it back to see!Written 11 May 2022
- Desserts were delicious, the personal sweet and helpful and the place is just stunning...13/10 recommended.Written 4 July 2022
- You can't be in Palermo and not go to at least one of its main markets. The sights, the sounds, the smells are something else. For someone who is simply perusing without any aim to buy, the hustle may get overwhelming pretty quickly. Which is probably the reason Vucciria - the most compact of the three - is my favorite.Written 7 October 2021
- Good shopping complex, with a good and varied range of shops. good parking facilities. A good way to spend some timeWritten 26 September 2021
- I would not pay a tour to go there! But it is a nice experience if you are walking around and if you like markets. You can see and buy from everything, since food, meat, vegetables, fruit, clothes, shoes, electronics,….Written 15 November 2022
- Beautiful architectural detail - definitely worth taking a walk around the back of the cathedral to see this.Written 31 August 2020
- A nice market but not as big as Mercato ogni giorno Dominca in Piazza Santa Luccia which is also a flea market.
Still if you stay in Ortigia, you can visit it as it is really close to the Apollo Temple and the other attractions.
There are many things that can catch your eyes and might be worth the bargaining ...and the purchasing.
At night, when it closes the restaurants open and it is still a quite enjoyable place to beWritten 31 March 2020
- First time visit. Beautiful layout and a very good range of shops. Food court is very good but limited inrange, though we did enjoy eating there. Conveniently located especially if travelling by personal car. Closeto other outlets. A visit is a must for any visitors.Written 17 September 2018
- This was our first visit to this capital city.
We have visited Catania twice and would much prefer it over Palermo.
We like city breaks usually but found Palermo worse for traffic than other parts of Italy and that's saying something!!
There are good things to say, the architecture is amazing lots of churches and museums if you are really into all that, we appreciated for first couple of days but then it got a bit much.
There's three markets two not worth a visit and the third was okay, be aware there is very little if any English spoken in these places and quite a surly bunch.
We got to try out our Italian a lot.
I suppose a certain amount of ripping off the tourists is to be expected. Beware some eating places and the usual tourist shops.
Oh yes the taxis are stupidly expensive!! We walked a lot too..
I'm glad we made the trip there and we went self catered which is better.
The seafront used for shipping and cruise ships. If you are planning a holiday there and using Airbnb make sure the photos of appts
are truthful.Written 30 October 2022
- We purchased a combi ticket for the permanent exhibition and also the temporary Leonardo di Vinci exhibition. First thing to say is that the fact that some of the exhibits are unlit (see various reviews below) you are informed of this before buying a ticket and your ticket is sold at a reduced rate as a result. The combi ticket was 12,00€ per person which was great value. The LdV exhibition explores his drawings and displays them alongside multimedia interactive modern interpretations. Very cleverly done with sound and projections. The permanent exhibition is a wonderful range of paintings and sculpture. Would thoroughly recommend particularly during the heat of the day. This would have got a 5-star review if it had it hadn’t been for some of the staff very noisily chatting to each other and/or having their mobile phones on all the time and not on silent!! Certainly spoilt the atmosphere at times. Nice gift shop. There’s also a cafeteria (didn’t try) too.Written 1 October 2019
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