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9 Best Date Ideas In Palermo


Palermo is a vibrant and historical city in Sicily, Italy, with a rich cultural heritage, delicious cuisine, and numerous attractions to explore. Here are some date ideas for a fun and romantic time in Palermo.

Read also: Best Places to Get Your Sicilian Food Fix In Palermo

Quick Sicily Travel Guide

Sicily Accommodation: San Domenico Palace and Grand Hotel Timeo for luxury accommodation in Taormina, and Casa Nostra Boutique Hotel or Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel for intimate vibes in Palermo. Dome or B&B Oriental Palace in Catania. Room Of Andrea Hotel or Gaura Apartments in Trapani. Le Tre Campane Ortigia or Palazzo Alfeo Aparthotel in Syracuse. Principe Di Salina Boutique Hotel or Il Gabbiano Relais in Stromboli on the Aeolian Islands.

Top Sicily Activities:

Alternative date ideas in Palermo

1. Take a romantic stroll in the historic center

The view from the rooftop of the church of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria

Palermo’s historic center is full of narrow, winding streets, beautiful churches, and charming squares. Take a leisurely walk through the area and explore its stunning architecture, including the Cathedral of Palermo and the Palazzo dei Normanni.

Visit also the Quattro Canti, which is a historic square in the heart of Palermo. It is surrounded by beautiful baroque architecture and adorned with impressive fountains. It’s a popular gathering place and a great place to people-watch and take in the sights and sounds of the city.

2. Enjoy a picnic in Foro Italico

Foro Italico of Palermo

The Foro Italico is a beautiful park with lush trees, and plenty of open green spaces, making it a perfect spot for a romantic picnic. You can choose between a secluded spot with a view of the park or nearby the seaside. You can also play games, take a walk, or simply chat, there are many ways to have fun together.

3. Visit the Ballarò market

Palermo’s street food ‘stigghiola’

The Ballarò market is a bustling outdoor market with a lively atmosphere and an array of colorful stalls selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. Take a stroll through the market and sample some of the delicious street food on offer.

4. Take a food tour

Palermo is known for its delicious cuisine, and taking a food tour is a great way to try a variety of local specialties and learn about the city’s culinary heritage.

5. Visit the Palermo Opera House

The Teatro Massimo is one of the largest opera houses in Europe and is an iconic landmark in the city. Take in a performance or simply admire the grandiose architecture and decor of the theater.

6. Take a boat trip along the coast

Sicilian beach in Letojanni

Palermo is surrounded by beautiful beaches and charming fishing villages. Take a boat trip along the coast to explore these scenic areas and enjoy the warm Mediterranean sun.

7. Explore the catacombs of the Capuchin Monastery

The Capuchin Monastery is home to the famous Catacombs of Palermo, a series of underground tombs that date back to the 16th century. The tombs are a unique and fascinating cultural attraction that offer a glimpse into the history of the city.

8. Take a cooking class

Palermo’s cuisine is renowned for its unique blend of flavors and ingredients, and taking a cooking class is a great way to learn how to make some of its most famous dishes.

9. Take a scenic drive

Tourists enjoying the view over Capo Zafferano in Sicily
A view over Capo Zafferano

Sicily is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy, and Palermo is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Take a scenic drive to the Eastern side, have a drive along Mongerbino’s seaside or explore the countryside, including the stunning Madonie Mountains, and enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

All the photos in this article were taken by Chiara Magi. Book your travel photoshoot in Palermo here or write us at [email protected].

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Chiara Magi
Chiara Magi
I'm a photographer and filmmaker, and most of all probably the biggest lover of Sicily! I am also the creator of Sicily Insider, sharing the best travel information, tips and advice.


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