Shopping in Palermo

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Shopping in Palermo

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  • Sal F
    Brussels, Belgium267 contributions
    a must do if youre in the city, you can't really miss it if you want to experience the traditions of the island
    Written 16 July 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,620 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 7 November 2020
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  • LF2107
    Dundee, UK210 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 11 May 2022
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  • IlyaNJ
    Marlboro, NJ835 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 7 October 2021
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  • ZurrieqAaron
    Zurrieq, Malta224 contributions
    good shopping complex in Palermo with a good and varied range of shops. Good parking facilities, try to avoid the rush hour traffic as palermo can be a bit crazy!
    Written 26 September 2021
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  • JJJBrighton
    Brighton, UK101 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 1 October 2019
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  • gsm018
    27 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 10 November 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 20 April 2019
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  • Billinlau
    7 contributions
    Essentially you are walking up a hill away from the cathedral with little offshoots to your left and right. It's a mixture of fruit and vegetables, and flea market. We felt safe, everyone was friendly and no-one was pressuring us to buy. Definitely felt like we got a taste of the real Sicily.
    Written 2 January 2020
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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 27 April 2018
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  • Ingrid S
    Frankfurt, Germany42 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 27 June 2018
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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 10 August 2019
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  • Dmitri D
    Valencia, Spain192 contributions
    This is the brand new place where local people go shopping for food supplies on Sunday mornings before families get together for lunch. My chaperones were two professional Palermitan cooks who really new their stuff. The place is lively and lines for produce may be long - so, come early! The merchants will be offering you samples of their products (from honey to cheeses to cannoli) until you cannot eat anymore. I was there during the strawberry season and the fruit stalls were amazingly beautiful. Try cheeses, especially incredibly fresh mozzarella. Ricotta is also amazing. I left happy and carrying bottles of olive oil and bags of spices.
    Written 19 February 2020
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