Shopping in Palermo

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Shopping in Palermo

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  • Angelina P
    Chicago, IL9 contributions
    Fun, lively market offering so much food! It’s definitely a fish lovers delight! And even if you don’t like fish, they have pasta, pizza, Arancini and typical Sicilian dishes. It’s just fun to walk through the market and look at everything it offers and experience the sights and sounds. Just beware of what you’re purchasing to take home because some of the food items such as cheese, etc has been laying out a while and may not be very fresh.
    Written May 31, 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom8,651 contributions
    There are several traditional markets in Palermo. We went to both Capo and Vucciria but if I had limited time and had to choose, I’d pick Capo. It was larger, more lively, more interesting and had a greater range of more appealing street food.

    For those who care to look there’s a lot of interesting foodstuffs here. Herbs, spices, olives, live lobsters, small sharks and giant octopus. Best of all are the huge swordfish. Stallholders tie the swords with ropes, lashing them to a railing so that the heads are raised up and the blades are on full display.

    We watched fishmongers expertly slice through the flesh of these giant fish with cleavers, then carry away the massive heads in both arms. We browsed the colourful mountains of local fruit and veg and tasted Sicilian street food (although I drew the line at the spleen sandwich).

    What you see here is a real working street market, not the sort where you find endless, plastic tourist tat and copy sunglasses, copy handbags etc. Fruit stalls are made out of upended crates and people have worked here for generations. We noticed that we were never pestered or pressured to buy. You can just wander and look. However, if you are buying street food, I’d recommend checking the price before you order. We picked out several things from the cart and then sat to eat them but when the bill arrived, it was quite expensive. As we hadn’t checked prices when ordering, I suspect they may have been jacked up accordingly.

    The thing I liked most was that in the middle of the market, behind awnings and fruit crates is an old Baroque church, Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione. It seemed so unexpected and incongruous to have a church in the midst of the market but of course it’s perfectly normal in Palermo and that’s part of the charm.

    GETTING THERE: From Teatro Massimo, it took less than 5 min to walk there.
    Written November 7, 2020
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  • LF2107
    Dundee, UK223 contributions
    Stopped in this market for something to eat on way to a performance.ance at Teatro Massimo. It had a good buzz and I can imagine it's great fun later at night- unfortunately I don't make it back to see!
    Written May 11, 2022
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  • IlyaNJ
    Marlboro, NJ944 contributions
    You can't be in Palermo and not go to at least one of its main markets. The sights, the sounds, the smells are something else. For someone who is simply perusing without any aim to buy, the hustle may get overwhelming pretty quickly. Which is probably the reason Vucciria - the most compact of the three - is my favorite.
    Written October 7, 2021
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  • GingerNutz
    Northern Ireland, UK105 contributions
    We purchased a combi ticket for the permanent exhibition and also the temporary Leonardo di Vinci exhibition. First thing to say is that the fact that some of the exhibits are unlit (see various reviews below) you are informed of this before buying a ticket and your ticket is sold at a reduced rate as a result. The combi ticket was 12,00€ per person which was great value. The LdV exhibition explores his drawings and displays them alongside multimedia interactive modern interpretations. Very cleverly done with sound and projections. The permanent exhibition is a wonderful range of paintings and sculpture. Would thoroughly recommend particularly during the heat of the day. This would have got a 5-star review if it had it hadn’t been for some of the staff very noisily chatting to each other and/or having their mobile phones on all the time and not on silent!! Certainly spoilt the atmosphere at times. Nice gift shop. There’s also a cafeteria (didn’t try) too.
    Written October 1, 2019
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  • kc
    Torquay, UK13 contributions
    This was our first visit to this capital city.
    We have visited Catania twice and would much prefer it over Palermo.
    We like city breaks usually but found Palermo worse for traffic than other parts of Italy and that's saying something!!
    There are good things to say, the architecture is amazing lots of churches and museums if you are really into all that, we appreciated for first couple of days but then it got a bit much.
    There's three markets two not worth a visit and the third was okay, be aware there is very little if any English spoken in these places and quite a surly bunch.
    We got to try out our Italian a lot.
    I suppose a certain amount of ripping off the tourists is to be expected. Beware some eating places and the usual tourist shops.
    Oh yes the taxis are stupidly expensive!! We walked a lot too..
    I'm glad we made the trip there and we went self catered which is better.
    The seafront used for shipping and cruise ships. If you are planning a holiday there and using Airbnb make sure the photos of appts
    are truthful.
    Written October 30, 2022
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  • gsm018
    28 contributions
    A few great pieces and some other works of lesser interest. Do your homework and pick this or the modern (1800s on) to suit your taste if time is short.
    Written November 10, 2018
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  • Psanti123
    Chicago, IL129 contributions
    We came here on a tour of Sicily this April. I was so excited to run thru the market and see everything it had to offer. We decided on the pizza because it was quick and we didn’t have much time. This was some of the best foccocia I’ve ever had. The ice cream and cannolis were so good too. Don’t miss this amazing market with something for everyone!
    Written April 20, 2019
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  • Al C
    Portland, OR7 contributions
    My wife and daughter's family were on a two week tour of Italy and Sicily with a primary objective of doing genealogical research and enriching our family history. My father was born in Siracusa. We started our Sicilian journey in Palermo and one of the items I was seeking was an antique map of Sicily that showed some important towns where my relatives lived such as Pachino, Siracusa and Monterosso Almo. My daughter and son-in-law found Fecarotta on a walk when we weren't with them and they reported to me that this was the store that would have what I was looking for. When we visited the store we were not disappointed as they had many antique maps and the problem was which was the best one for us. The store staff, mostly family I believe, was very patient and a bit flexible on the price to make it affordable. I was shown a large reference book by an author who is considered an expert on the subject of antique maps and I was told that my map had been purchased from his collection. We were in a hurry that day and left without asking for a copy of the relevant pages of that book so we could keep the background material with the map for future reference. When I returned home I sent a request for copies of the relevant pages and received a prompt and positive response from Francesco Fecarotta. This is very good customer service. This is an upscale store in a more up-market section of Palermo and people looking for high-end antiques would do well to make sure they visit this store which also has custom made jewelry by family members.
    Written August 10, 2019
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  • Ingrid S
    Frankfurt, Germany44 contributions
    Until 4th November the Palazzo is a venue of Manifesta 12 a biennial nomadic art exhibition. It’s worth visiting it not only because of the art - but also because of the Palazzo which is in plain Restauration.
    Written June 27, 2018
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  • udidonato
    New York City, NY1 contribution
    This antique gallery is a mix of exquisite furniture, neoclassic and renaissance painting and artifacts. All is displayed with exquisite balance, the owner has a detailed and deep knowledge of each piece on display.
    Not to miss it.
    Written April 27, 2018
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  • chiaramaqueda
    Alice Springs, Australia34 contributions
    I hate organised tours, so this is the best! A network of small arts and crafts outlets through a large section of the historic centre of Palermo. With a map to show you where the next one is! From ceramics to fabric work, from paintings and drawings through to hand made fashion, this walk through Palermo is a real delight! My only problem now is how to ship stuff home!
    Written July 13, 2017
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