Palermo Airport was first established in 1985, slowly undergoing refurbishments and renovations becoming the airport it is today. Palermo Airport is also known as Falcone-Borsellino Airport. The name is derived from two anti-mafia judges, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who were ironically murdered by the mafia. Their names now, however, will forever remembered by the citizens.
This one-terminal and two-runway airport is one of Italy’s busiest southern ports. The terminal itself contains 4 levels, with arrivals and departures on both the upper levels. The airport is ranked 7th in Italy in terms of Air Traffic.
The airport itself contains a variety of services and facilities, owing to the fact that hoards and hoards of travellers land and departs from this space. The second level of the terminal houses a limited shopping area for passengers to past their time before their flight. Self service restaurants and bars can also be found in the same area.
Banks, post office and automated tellers can be found on the ground floor of the terminal.
On the first level of the terminal, there are two VIP lounges catering to passengers seeking to relax a little while before boarding their flight.
How to get around
The Prestia e Comando bus service shuttles passengers from the airport to Stazione Centrale and Politeama, both journeys take less than an hour. The bus service leaves every half hour from the airport, and for travellers seeking to return to the airport on the day of their departure, tickets can be bought for a return trip too.
If you fancy driving and exploring the city yourself at your own time and pace, try your hand at renting a car. You can find car rental companies right at the arrival halls. The companies are Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Autoeuropa.
But of course, if you should decide to relax and be driven into the city in a more private setting, taxis are available right outside of the terminal. The taxi drivers frequent trips between the city and airport also means that they are well versed with the different locations around the airport, and will be able to get you to your desired location with little difficulty. However, the cost for taking a taxi into the city can go up to 35 Euro when the meter is switched on, so it is sometimes necessary to negotiate before getting into the taxi.
What to see & do
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, is also known as the city of delights owing to its lavish gardens and magnificent mosques and palaces. Palermo is the hidden gem of Italy, because it is not widely considered as a must-go place. However, for those who are willing to take the time to explore the city, they would find themselves overwhelmed with the rich and diverse history carved into the streets and built into the amazing architecture around Palermo.
For those traveling without children and aren’t afraid of an off-the-beaten-path sightseeing trip, visit the Catacombe dei Cappuccini. It opens daily from 9am to 12noon, and 3pm to 5pm with an entrance fee of just 3 euros. The catacombs of the capuchin are located in the Piazza Cappucini, west of the centre of the city. It houses over 8000 mummified ex-residents of Palermo and the surrounding villages. Some are remarkably well preserved and lifelike. Although slightly morbid, it is a site well worth visiting.
For a less morbid visit, another must visit is the Gesu Church. It is arguably one of the most important buildings in Palermo – architecturally speaking. Built from 1564 to 1633, the use of polychrome marbles on both floors and walls eventually evolved in Sicily from the beginning of the 17th century, marking the onset of the Sicilian Baroque period.