The Best of Palermo: Private Half-Day Highlights Walking TourPrivate Tour

Discover the very best of Palermo on this walking tour through its stunning streets and alleys, markets, churches, piazzas, and palaces.

Adults: 2 Children: 0

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3 hrs


Family Friendly, History, Nature & Outdoors

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Walking tour: no transportation is included

What's included:

A friendly, professional English-speaking tour guide for your private group, Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places, Entrance to Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Entrance to Church of St. Cataldo

What's not included:

Food and drink, Gratuities, Hotel pick up and drop off
Meeting points: Your guide will meet you outside Bisso Bistrot, Via Maqueda, 172A, 90134 Palermo PA, Italy

What makes this tour special

Experience the atmospheric hubbub of Palermo, the Sicilian capital city, on this fabulous tour of the city’s highlights. Often referred to as ‘the most conquered city in the world’, Palermo is a melting pot of culture, people, food, and architecture: The Normans, Byzantines, Arabs and many other great civilizations have left their mark on the city, dating back over 2,700 years.

On your private tour, you will:

Palermo is the vibrant capital of the Italian island of Sicily, famous for its melting pot of cultures with a varied history dating back nearly 3000 years.

Your tour will start in one of Palermo’s most lively squares, Piazza Politeama, where many locals while away their free time playing games, gossiping, and people-watching. You’ll walk south through the city’s maze of alleys and walkways through Piazza Verdi, past one of the most prestigious and largest opera houses in Italy, the Teatro Massimo, and dive into Capo Market. The Arab Souk-style markets of Palermo date back to the 8th century, and Capo is famed for its morning hustle and bustle, with its theatrical vendors, noisy haggling, and mouth-watering smells: there’ll be ample opportunity for you to buy a snack, drink or talk to a few local vendors along the way.

Known by the Normans as ‘the city of the sun’ Palermo epitomizes multi-culturalism with its seamless blend of Byzantine, Norman and Italian Baroque architectural styles throughout the city, which you’ll see most clearly as you head towards the historic centre on Via Vittorio Emmanuele: Quattro Canti, an almost perfectly symmetrical square at the meeting point of two of Palermo’s main thoroughfares. Admire the outrageously opulent Piazza Pretoria, with its glorious fountain in front of the city hall, decorated with mythical sea gods and nymphs frolicking around ‘senza vegli’ without veils!

Wonder at the 12th century Palermo cathedral built at the height of Norman rule, which is home to many royal tombs, and enjoy fully guided tours of two exquisite churches Church of St. Cataldo dating to 1154 and the perfect example of blended Byzantine and Norman style, and the lovely Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, with its tranquil garden and monastery. Originally it was built as a hospice in the 1300s, then became a convent for Dominican nuns, and has an extensive monastic complex with a magnificent maiolica cloister, and astounding Baroque-style church. Enjoy fabulous panoramic views of the city from the convent’s rooftop terraces. 

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