From the dawn of time, poets, artists, and adventurers have sought the beauty and romance of Sicily. The warm climate, ideal weather for staples like grapes and olives and breathtaking scenery have drawn settlers and tourists for thousands of years. It's no wonder this is such a popular destination, connected to the rest of the world by culture, history, and family ties. Visitors to Palermo and Sicily come for wine, festivals, food, sun, and to catch up with the cousins. Most of North America's Italian population traces its ancestry back to Southern Italy, so going to Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO) can be as much about coming home as it is going away.
Best time to book a flight to Palermo Airport
Demand is high for transportation to this part of the world during the whole year, with the busiest times during the summer and the quietest in the spring and fall. Airlines stem the tide by offering several different choices on this route, so prices remain competitive even for last-minute flights. Booking in advance helps, and you can use your loyalty rewards with many of the major airlines that serve this route. Remember that Europe's budget airlines are cheaper than their North American counterparts, so you might be able to fly to Palermo from a regional destination and save some cash.
Airlines that fly to Palermo Airport
The bad news is that every flight from Canada to Palermo has at least one stop. The good news is that almost every Canadian airline with an international scope serves this popular route, so you can shop for deals and packages, use your air miles, or stop in another Canadian or European destination and extend your trip.
- Alitalia, Italy's national carrier, offers the most options for flights to Palermo with either one or two stops in other locations. This sometimes means a connection in New York, Paris, or Milan.
- Air Canada serves this route in partnership with other national carriers across the pond, such as Air France and Ailtalia.
- Westjet and Air Transat, also get in on the action by connecting with European airlines like Vueling and British Airways.
What to expect when arriving at Palermo Airport
Along with many essential amenities like banking, car rentals, and free WiFi, other services in the Palermo Airport include a tourist information center, big names in designer duty-free shopping, and postal services. Depending on your situation, you might have transportation and accommodation prepared already, but there are ample services here in case you need to prepare something upon arrival. Punta Raisi Railway station is the airport's own public transportation hub, located in the northern part of the one-terminal building that encompasses both arrivals and departures.
What to see and do in Palermo.
Every season in Sicily could have a heavy tome dedicated to the array of reasons that visitors come to Palermo. Some of the attractions are obvious, while others are more creative.
- Vespa Tours. Of course, you can take a tour of Palermo, but why not combine that with Italy's most iconic form of transportation? Tour the historic hills, wine country, olive groves, or zip around the city and see the sights the old-fashioned way.
- Cooking Classes. It's one thing to come to Sicily for the cuisine, but you can take your foodie tourism to the next level by learning how to prepare it at home.
- The Museum of the Sea. Sicily's seaside sometimes gets overlooked, but it's an integral part of the life, culture, and history of the island. Visit the small coastal town of Acquasanta to get a closer look.
- Catacombs and Retreats. Every city in Italy has an impressive Cathedral or "duomo", but not all of them have ancient Christian catacombs or medieval monastic retreats to explore.
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