Palermo Food Tour: Sicilian Markets and Street Food

Taste the rich history of Palermo's culinary culture
From US$768 privately
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Capo Market
  • Ballaro Market
  • Santa Caterina
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  • Palermo street food tour led by an expert in culture or local chef
  • Includes samples of arancine and sfincione
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Tour Description
An old Roman proverb says, “cook like a Sicilian, eat like a Sicilian." Nowhere is this more celebrated than in Palermo. In a city that is rich in history, art, and architecture, Palermo also boasts distinctive culinary traditions influenced by multiple empires over centuries. For an introduction to one of Italy’s most exciting cities, we will join an expert guide to discover Palermo’s historic markets and winding alleys to learn about its unique street food and how this food culture relates to the past and present Capo and the Vucciria districts. 
  • Mercato del Capo
  • Chiesa di Sant’ Agostino
  • Chiesa di San Domenico
  • Mercato della Vucciria
  • Piazza San Francesco
  • Focacceria di San Francesco
As we proceed through the Capo and the Vucciria districts, you will have the opportunity to admire some of the most outstanding Palermo baroque churches, tucked away in the midst of fish, vegetable and fruit stands. You will learn about the foods and recipes that are associated with local feasts, some of which date back to medieval times, as well as the fishing techniques in use since times immemorial. On this delightful stroll, we will stop at various stands and shops to indulge in tasty snacks such as arancine (fried rice balls filled with either meat ragù, béchamel, ham or butter), sfincione (deep pan pizza with fresh tomato sauce, onions and anchovies), panelle (fried chickpea flour pancakes seasoned with lemon juice), pane ca meusa (bread with spleen) and more.

You will also be making stops at other iconic food and cultural landmarks that are important to the city’s anti-mafia phenomenon such as the San Domenico Church and the Focacceria San Francesco. By the end of this tour you will know what it's like to eat like a Sicilian, with full bellies and new memories of the rich history of the food culture in Palermo.

To continue your explorations of Sicily with Context, we recommend our Introduction to Palermo tour.
Is this tour walking intensive, and/or wheelchair accessible?
We do cover quite a bit of ground on this tour and therefore we recommend contacting us with any mobility questions; we will be happy to advise if the itinerary will be appropriate for you or propose modifications where necessary. Please feel free to contact us.

Can this tour cater to those with dietary requirements? 
Let us know what your dietary requirements are and we will try our best to accommodate. 
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Thank you Naida for giving us a crash course on Palermo. She knew how to surprise us...distracting us with amazing markets only to take a few steps and be immersed in stories of ancient history while admiring hidden gems (cathedrals/churces). We had a great time!
Valentina is wonderful! Besides tasting some great and interesting street food, her knowledge of Palermo and Sicilian history and culture is phenomenal!
Gabriella gave us a fantastic food tour of Palermo. A great blend of food, culture and history. Highly recommend!