Day 3: GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND
There are plenty of options for your final day. There’s a Sunday-only flea market running around Piazza Marina, where you can pick up everything from antique cameras to ornate lamps, to musical instruments. You could follow a bit of bartering with a visit out to the Zisa, a castle with Arabian and Byzantine influences in western Palermo, then head on to the Cattedrale di Monreale, a Norman cathedral famous for its golden mosaics, further out of the city.
Palermo is well placed for a day trip, though. You could head an hour east along the coast to Cefalù ( pictured), one hour by train (trenitalia.com), for one of Sicily’s best beaches and the pretty town used by director Giuseppe Tornatore for much of the classic movie Cinema Paradiso.
Another option would be a day trip out to the Greek ruins of Segesta (€5/£4.50 entry, or as part of a day tour). Alternatively, Erice, the hilltop medieval town, is also achievable in a day, either by renting a car or joining a coach tour, to explore pastry bakeries, ceramic shops, castles and quiet backstreets.
Whichever you choose, it’s all guaranteed to make you want to return and see more of this island.