One way to save money in Palermo on food and shopping is to dive into the city’s rich and vibrant market culture. Three markets to stop at are La Vucciria, Mercato di Capo, and Ballarò where you can fill up on fresh, local delicacies for cheap and bargain over souvenirs.
Keep an Italian-English dictionary handy because one of the downsides of the authenticity of Palermo is that many activities and restaurants outside the city center won’t have English speakers.
Large festivals and parades often accompany religious holidays in Palermo. These are a great way for travelers to get a unique experience and participate in local culture.