Travel tips for visiting Palermo, Sicily i
Many airlines fly direct to Palermo from the UK and Europe including British Airways, Ryanair, Air Berlin and Easyjet. Flights from the USA, Canada or Australia would have to change in Europe or Italy for onward flights to Sicily.
Palermo airport is located c.35 km from the city which can be reached by buses which go every 30 minutes from 6.45am to midnight and take about 40 minutes, or trains that go every hour, and take 55 minutes. Taxis take about 20-40 minutes depending on traffic and costs include extras beside the meter for each piece of luggage, the airport and if it is at night.
If you are an EU citizen, you do not need a visa. If you are a non-EU citizen you will need a valid passport and depending on your country of origin, you might need a visa; you could obtain a visa through the Italian Consulate nearest to your residence.
There are buses, trains and trams as part of the public transport system in Palermo, but it is recommended that walking is the best way to reach the sites, or to hire a car with a driver for the day. It is possible to rent a car, but driving in Sicily can be an interesting experience, and it can be difficult to find parking.
Time difference: GMT + 1 Language: Italian is the official language, with English widely spoken in the cities and main tourist areas. Electrical current/ plugs: Plug sockets have either two or three round pins with a current of 230V AC, 50Hv. Culture: Italians are warm and welcoming, while quite traditional. Water: Tap water is safe to drink in Italy, although bottled water is readily available. Politics: Italy is a republic with a Head of State.
Currency: The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20,
10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
ATMs are widely available throughout Palermo. Look for the Bancomat sign for machines with multilingual interfaces.
Credit cards: MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Visa are widely accepted. Some small guesthouses, trattorias and shops don't take credit cards, and you can't always use them at petrol stations, parking meters or motorway ticket barriers.
If you are looking for accommodation in Sicily try Massimo Villas who offer fantastic accommodation throughout the Island. www.Massimovillas.com.