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When to go: Year-round. Sum­mer months, es­pe­cially July and Au­gust, can be both busy and hot. May, June and Septem­ber still have warm weather, and so are good times to go. Get­ting there: easyjet (easyjet. com) flies from Lon­don Gatwick, Lon­don Lu­ton and Liver­pool to Palermo, start­ing from £24.68 per per­son (one-way, not in­clud­ing bag­gage). Bri­tish Air­ways (0844 493 0787, ba.com) have sin­gle fares from £44 and fly be­tween March and Oc­to­ber. Get­ting around: The Old Town is walk­a­ble and easy to find your way around. It’s also pos­si­ble to rent bikes – a good way to get around quickly and to reach sites a bit fur­ther out. There are also buses, trains and taxis (but check the fare first, where pos­si­ble). Where to stay: Butera28 (+39 333 316 5432, butera28.it) has comfy and char­ac­ter­ful self-cater­ing apart­ments that are close to the ma­rina and pup­pet mu­seum; from €75pn (£70). B&B del Mas­simo (bb­del­mas­simo.it) has good-sized rooms and is right in the thick of the ac­tion, down a nar­row alley from Teatro Mas­simo; dou­bles from €50pn (£44). Where to eat: L’ot­tava Nota Restau­rant (ris­toran­teot­ta­van­ota.it) isn’t cheap but it does ex­cel­lent Si­cil­ian dishes, as does the more af­ford­able and tra­di­tional La Cam­busa (la­cam­busa.it/en). For pizza, head to Arte E Tradizione (ar­tee­tradizione-palermo.it). Palermo’s mar­kets and the street food at Vuc­ciria are also well worth ex­plor­ing. Fur­ther info: vis­it­palermo.it and turismo.co­mune.palermo.it.

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