Palermo Airport or Falcone-Borsellio Airport is situated on the Italian island of Sicily and one of the busiest airports is Italy. It handles on average, 5 million passengers every year. If you have car hire at Palermo Airport, the airport is an easy 35 km drive away from the city of Palermo via the A29 motorway. The airport is named after 2 leading anti mafia judges who were murdered there in1992.
Palermo Airport has just one terminal building over 2 levels and has many useful facilities. There is a bank and 3 ATMs for all your money needs as well as a currency exchange booth. An airport information desk on the first floor, will answer any enquiries you may have and on the ground floor you will find the Regional Province of Palermo Tourist Information Office, for advice on what to see in the area. A pharmacy and post office are also available. For business class passengers flying with Alitalia, there is the VIP lounge Verga or you can book into the Gesap VIP lounge instead, to relax in comfort before your flight. There is a small selection of shops available including Sicilia Arte and Sicilia Memoria for all your gifts, souvenirs and local produce. The airport has a duty free shop too and you can shop for fashion at Marina Militaire. The best place to eat at the airport is the Pasticceria Palazzolo for the finest local sweets and cakes, served with Italian coffee.
Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and has many attractions for the visitor to explore. We can start at the Catalan inspired honey coloured Palermo Cathedral and the Museo Archaeologico. At Quattro Canti, we see the ancient crossroads of the city and the pretty La Martorana Church known for its fine mosaics. Visit the grand Palazzo dei Normanni, old royal apartments and the Capella Palatina, a chapel with mosaics. You could also visit the commanding Gesu Church and the San Giovanni degli Emeriti, a ruined church with pretty gardens. Browse for bargains at the bustling street markets at Vucciria and Piazza del Carmine and look out for the Arab-Norman palaces of Cuba and Zisa. Get out of the city with your car hire in Palermo and visit the little village of Monreale. It has a Duomo or cathedral with grand mosaics and the views from the village, over the city and sea are spectacular.