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Palermo walking tour - half day between art and culture

Availability: Monday-Saturday
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English, Italian
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  • See the historic market "U Capu" full of tradition and street food
  • See the splendid mosaics of the Palatine Chapel
  • Walk through "Cassaro", the oldest street of Palermo
What to expect

Palermo walking tour, half day or an entire day to discover Palermo, Capital of Culture 2018, accompanied by professional guides you will have the opportunity to discover the wonders of Palermo in this sublime walk through history and amazement. The tour includes two parts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with the freedom to follow only one or both.


DEPARTURE: 9.00 AM from “Piazza Verdi” – Main staircase of the Teatro Massimo of Palermo

Departure from the Teatro Massimo to admire the imposing structure of the largest Opera House in Italy. Within walking distance we will enter the heart of the historical “U Capu” Market where history, tradition and street food mingle with the voices and faces of the people of Palermo. There is hidden a baroque jewel just restored, the church of the Immaculate Conception. Through alleys and ancient buildings we going to reach the Norman cathedral where there are the remains of Frederick II of Swabia and the silver “Vara” of Santa Rosalia.

Between the gardens of the Villa Bonanno and the ancient Roman ruins of Paleopolis we will be at the Royal Palace or the Normans that preserves 3000 years of our history and the splendid mosaics of the Palatine Chapel in which Arabs, Byzantines and Normans shared knowledge, esoteric secrets, life and traditions in great state of tolerance. Along the ancient fortifications we will photograph San Giovanni degli Eremiti, an evocative Arab-Norman architecture with its particular domes. Discovering the Middle Ages, Spanish facades and courtyards of the historic residences we will travel along the “Cassaro” to conclude our moring tour to quattro canti or the Teatro del Sole, an elegant baroque building.

BREAK: 12.30 PM – Stop and free time for lunch a few steps from historic gourmet restaurants or modern street food places.


DEPARTURES: 13.30 PM from “quattro canti“.

The afternoon tour starts from “Quattro canti” to finish towards the sea at 4.30 PM. The famous Pretoria (A.k.a Shame) fountain will be a scenario of popular stories. In Piazza Bellini we will admire the domes of San Cataldofrom the 12th century of the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, of the Martorana and of Santa Caterina and we will travel the alleys of the Corporations of the artisans and of the Judges who accompanied the Inquiries to the Death. You will be introduced to the stories of Gattopardo admiring the terrace of the Gangi palace, location of the famous film by Visconti, to reach the square decorated by the splendid Gothic rose window of the church of San Francesco D’Assisi. From there we will discover the richest and darkest centuries of Hispanic Sicily with a visit to the oratory of San Lorenzo decorated by the stuccos of the Serpotta and admire the ancient furnishings, stables and treasures in the Historical House of the Mirto Palace. In the shadow of the centuries-old ficus magnolioides of the sea square, a Surprise Visit in the footsteps of the “Santa Inquisition” will end our walk through traditional ice-creams and cannoli in the district of the old port of the cala.

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What's included
  • Officially licensed and archaeologists/art history English-speaking guide
What's not included
  • Entrance fees for monuments
  • Food&drink

Piazza Verdi, 54, 90138 Palermo PA, Italy

Meeting point:

Meeting point: h.9:00 main staircase of the Teatro Massimo.

Meeting point: h.13:30 four corners "Quattro Canti".

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Comfortable clothing.

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(Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes early).

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Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

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