Introduction to Palermo Tour

Discover the Heart of Palermo
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Tour Details
3 hours
Product Type
  • Porta Carini
  • La Martorana
  • Palermo Cathedral
  • San Cataldo Church
Photos & Highlights
  • Get acquainted with Palermo's main sites, history, and neighborhoods
  • Led by an expert in history or local culture
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Tour Description
Palermo, Sicily's largest city, is a layered metropolis with centuries of Arab, Norman, Byzantine, and Mediterranean influences. In the company of a local expert, learn about the city's history, art, and architecture in this 3-hour tour, as we traverse a diverse range of topics from Norman religiosity to contemporary challenges affecting the city.
  • Cathedral of Palermo
  • La Martorana
  • Piazza Pretoria
  • Massimo Theatre
Your tour will begin with an overview of Palermo’s history, art, and architecture, as you explore the vibrant streets, analyze the exterior of the magnificent Cathedral of Palermo, and enjoy the picturesque Piazze such as Piazza Verdi, Piazza Pretoria, and Piazza Bellini. You'll then visit the Norman church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio -which the locals call "La Martorana"-, known for its 12th-century mosaics that reflect a blend of various architectural and artistic traditions. You will also learn about contemporary Palermo, its current issues, challenges, and the influence of the Mafia in this multifaceted city.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
You will meet your guide in front of the Bar Marocco, via Vittorio Emanuele. Your route and end location may differ according to your guide. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to be prepared; we encourage keeping an eye on the weather and bringing along an umbrella, sunscreen, water, or a hat as needed.

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.

Do we visit the Cathedral of Palermo and the Palatine Chapel?

This tour does not include access to the interior of the Cathedral or the Palatine Chapel. Your guide will provide explanations about these sites from the outside, and you are welcome to visit them on your own after the tour.

Can we walk on the terraces of the Cathedral?
If you are interested, and it is available, you might be able to access the terraces (it's about 100 steps) by paying a little 5 euro ticket on-site, not included in the price of the tour.
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Roberta provided the single best tour we had during our time in Sicily. She was so knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic.
Outstanding! Truly met my needs to get oriented to highlights.
Gabriella was an excellent guide.