Car hire in Palermo
Hiring a car in Palermo
The capital city of Sicily is by far the busiest city on the island, making it a great place for people watching, and for experiencing the rich and diverse culture that the locals have used to carve out a truly unique identity.
One of the most interesting things about this city is that it has largely managed to keep hold of its impressive history while also setting itself up to be a truly modern city that is constantly bustling with life.
Everyone's favourite gourmet coffee, the cappuccino, initially came from the Capuchin monastery on the edge of the city.
Having a coffee is only one part of this city's identity, with the locals carrying a reputation for being hugely friendly and welcoming.
What you need to know
While the locals might be welcoming, the hustle and bustle of the city can make the prospect of planning your trip a little overwhelming. However, with the freedom that comes with having your own hire car, it is much easier to truly appreciate what Palermo has to offer.
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Where to pick up your car
Palermo Airport PMO handled 4,910,791 passengers in 2015 and is the second-largest airport on the island, so it's unsurprising that so many visitors to the island pass through here. Our team are on hand to help you sort out your rental car. Simply head over to the desk at the airport's terminal.
Alternatively, pick up your hire car keys at Palermo train station, where you can quickly get going on enjoying your trip in this fantastic city.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Given that it is such a rich and diverse cultural city, planning a trip around Palermo can prove a stressful proposition for many visitors, but having a hire car available eliminates the stress of navigating your way through the city's public transport system. It means you can just focus on enjoying your trip and focus on what you want to see.
With so many historical and vibrant sights available, there is no shortage of great things to see and do.
The old quarter carries a rustic charm that will appeal to all tourists, meaning that the business of hospitality and welcoming visitors is big here. Here you will find some of the best seafood restaurants around.
To get here, simply take your hire car east along the coast on the E90. The journey takes around an hour.
For all the film enthusiasts out there, head over next to Corleone, which is unsurprisingly the same one from The Godfather and is also the place where the real Mafia 'boss of bosses' Bernardo Provenzano was arrested in 2006.
To get to this iconic sight, head south on E90, then the SS121, before heading south-west on the SS128 and you're there. Again, this drive will take around an hour.
Head over to Monreale, where you can enjoy a cathedral that reflects Norman, Arab and Byzantine art into one impressive show of diversity.
Take your car 20 minutes south-west along Corso Calatafimi, which becomes the SS186 as you head out of town.
One of the longer drives from the city is probably the one that is most worth it. Head south on the S624, then the SP79 for around an hour and 50 minutes, and you will come to Sciacca, which contains therapeutic waters that have been heralded by people since Ancient times.
The thermal springs at this picturesque seaside town are perfect for healing and aches or pains.
Top attractions to see in Palermo
Palermo is certainly what many would regard as a car-friendly city, so by being able to explore using your hire car, you can be assured that you will not miss out on any of the wonderful sights and experiences on offer.
No visit to Palermo is ever complete without a trip to the local Teatro Massimo, which is the perfect homage to Italy's love of opera and the arts. This eye-catching structure covers an incredible 8,000 square metre and oozes grandeur and history. Catching a performance here is a real treat for any visitor.
Santa Maria dell'Ammigalio
Stunning architecture is a big part of Palermo's identity, and you will not be disappointed by the Santa Maria dell'Ammigalio, a church that dates back to the 12th century and contains some spectacular Baroque style mosaics that have dazzled visitors for many, many years.
San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Sicily is an island that bore witness to a whole variety of cultural influences over the centuries, and nothing better demonstrates this cultural fusion than the San Giovanni degli Eremiti, which with its red domes has a distinctly Moroccan feel about it, as it was once a mosque during the days of Islamic rule.