Day 3: GET­TING AROUND THE IS­LAND

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Pocket Guides Short Break -

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.

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