Province of Palermo

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It is the largest province of Sicily. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is composed of 82 municipalities, including that of Ustica, which takes its name from the island of the same name, which is located about 60 km off the coast of Palermo.

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Hotel of the poor - Palermo

Hotel of the poor - Palermo (Source: Rolf Dietrich Brecher - CC BY SA 2.0)

It enjoys a wide variety of nature and culture: it passes from the sandy beaches of the Cefalù and Mondello resorts to the ski slopes on the snowy mountains of the Madonie, from the traditions of the Albanian community of the municipality of Piana degli Albanesi to the cosmopolitan, mysterious and modern city of Palermo.

Isola delle Femmine - Province of Palermo

Isola delle Femmine - Province of Palermo (Source: Gigi Agostino - CC BY 2.0)


The commercial and tourist ports of Termini Imerese and Palermo are fundamental. From the latter, regular ferry-boats depart for Naples, Livorno, Cagliari, Civitavecchia, Genoa and Tunis and hydrofoils to the Aeolian islands and the island of Ustica.
All the great cruise ships that sail around the Mediterranean dock there. The port is located inside the city and served by public transport. We recommend checking ferry schedules and routes on the TraghettiLines site.


The province is served by the Falcone e Borsellino international airport of Palermo-Punta Raisi which is located in the municipality of Cinisi, about 35 km from the city of Palermo. The airport connects daily, with more flights distributed throughout the day, the main Italian cities, the islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria and European cities such as London, Paris and Brussels. It also offers intercontinental routes to New York, Tel Aviv and Tunis. The reference site for information on flights and airport services can be found at Gesap.

Roads and motorways

The province of Palermo is crossed by the A19 Palermo-Catania, A20 Palermo-Messina and A29 Palermo-Mazara del Vallo motorways. No tolls are paid, except for the motorway section from the exit of Buonfornello to that of Castelbuono.

Trains and stations

The railway connects all the important towns and seaside resorts on the coast. Every day, with high frequency, quick regional trains connect Palermo with: Cefalù in about 40 minutes with a ticket ranging from 5 to 8 euros, Termini Imerese in about 25 minutes and Bagheria in 10 minutes. It is advisable to consult the Trenitalia website.

Cities and places of major interest in the Province of Palermo

Beyond the city of Palermo, undisputed destination for those traveling for tourism or business, we must definitely mention Cefalù, Bagheria, Monreale , Mondello and Terrasini.

Madonie Park

It is a Regional Natural Park that includes 15 municipalities of the Province of Palermo (Caltavuturo, Castelbuono, Castellana Sicula, Cefalù, Collesano, Geraci Siculo, Gratteri, Isnello, Petralia Soprana, Petralia Sottana, Polizzi Generosa, Pollina, San Mauro Castelverde, Scillato and Sclafani Bagni). Unique for its hills and mountains that host most of the Sicilian plant and animal species. It is possible to practice winter sports in the locality of Piano Battaglia which is organized with modern ski slopes and ski lifts.

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