For large-scale design, Palermo on the island’s northwestern coast holds its own. Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture showcase the best of their eras around the Piazza Pretoria’s winding streets, and modern art provides a pleasant pop of additional culture in the galleries and museums.

Good to Know

  • No overt gay scene, but several venues
  • Discretion is advised
  • Civil unions legal since May 2016

Featured Resorts:

Plaza Opera Hotel


Cosmopolitan with a taste for tradition, the Hotel Plaza Opera boasts a unique atmosphere, where an authentically Sicilian character blends with the mood of the latest life- style hotels. The hotel, a member of The HotelSphere group, rises in via Nicolo Gallo, a few steps away from the Politeama Theatre and Viale della Liberta, in the heart of a bustling neighborhood where the most exclusive boutiques and best restaurants live side by side with head offices of the main compan ...

Hotel Principe di Villafranca


Open since 1998 and completely renovated in 2010, Hotel Principe di Villafranca rises in the heart of the most eclectic and modern district of Palermo, where the top fashion design boutiques live side by side with the most important financial and business locations. A few steps away from Viale della Liberta and piazza Politeama, the hotel, belonging to The HotelSphere group, is a sophisticated and peaceful environment where to relax in the middle of the bustling city center.

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