Palermo. It can be overwhelming. That I know.

I arrived a few years ago on a balmy November evening. Scirocco was blowing. The air was hot. I was wearing wool. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

What I craved that night – apart from a refreshing gin and tonic – was some information. Tidbits about how to approach this incredible city that is stuffed full of things to do, things to eat and so much to discover.

You should visit Palermo for a day, a week or more. But how can you navigate your way around this enthralling place? How can you get the most out of your time here?

Worry not. I am on the case. It has taken me a few years, but it will only take you a few moments.

Read on. And I guarantee that during your time here you can feel Practically from Palermo too.


An English girl who, on a whim, upped and left home and moved to Palermo.

Living in Palermo is an adventure, and I want to share my experiences, advice and (almost) local knowledge with you to make you feel like you are practically from Palermo too when you visit this incredible city.


Mad, magnificent and magic. There’s really no place like it in the world.

Here you will be able to find out what to eat in Palermo and where to drink in Palermo. I’ll give a few hints about what to do in Palermo as well.

You will also be able to read my observations about life in Palermo, and find out about Sicilian life outside of Palermo.

There will also be an occasional Sicilian word or phrase put in the mix!



Time for a Coffee

I’m not going to lie. My coffee consumption has increased since moving to Palermo. I try to limit the number of coffees I have a day. During the week this is easy; one in the morning at home, then one during my lunch break at work. Basta. The weekend is another story. You see, wandering …


“Che duci!” This is something that you are bound to hear if you are ever in the proximity of a group of Sicilian adults with a baby. It is the Sicilian version of “dolce”, meaning sweet or cute. It seems that many of my friends are having babies at the moment, and they are all, …


Feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have about Palermo.