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Palermo: Private City Tour with a Local Guide

1. Palermo: Private City Tour with a Local Guide

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Palermo from a local guide eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn insider tips, such as the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

2. Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

Explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market "Il Capo", Piazza Della Memoria (Memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the Mafia), Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the City Hall, and Piazza Magione. Every stop will be a pause for reflection, a chance to mull over the realities of the Mafia and consider the civic movement against Mafioso power. Along the tour, you will meet shopkeepers who have said NO to paying the Pizzo, who have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign ‘Pago chi non Paga’ (I pay who does not pay). This campaign is promoted by Addiopizzo to support those that have decided to rebel against the Mafia. End the tour at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, one of the oldest restaurants in Palermo, famous for its ‘Cibo da Strada Palermitano’ (street food of Palermo). Learn about how the owners had the courage to speak out against extortion. Lunch is not included but if you decide to stay you can taste some specialties like, "pane con la Milza" (sandwich stuffed with beef spleen and ricotta cheese), "Arancine" (rice balls), "Panelle" (chickpea fritters), "Anelletti al Forno" (baked ring-shaped pasta), "Involtini di Melanzane" (eggplant rolls), "Sarde a Beccafico" (sardine rolls) and the famous Cannoli.

Palermo: Street Food and Local Market Tasting Tour

3. Palermo: Street Food and Local Market Tasting Tour

Be part of the first ever street food tour in Sicily and explore the main markets and squares of Palermo city center with a licensed guide. Escape the usual tourist traps and discover venues loved by the locals for a fully immersive experience in small groups of no more than 12 people. Venture down secret alleyways to chat to street food vendors and colorful characters. Enter the oldest working class bar downtown and share a drink with Palermitans. Take the best tips from your local guide, and receive a unique food passport souvenir to take away.                      

Palermo: Small Group Night Street Food Tour

4. Palermo: Small Group Night Street Food Tour

Meet your local guide at the main opera house and get to know the other travelers. You'll then walk through the streets before having a welcome toast. Enjoy a glass of fresh Sicilian wine and some interesting bites that you won't normally find in touristy places. On this tour, you'll get to know the real Palermo, its food, its people, and its secrets. Learn about the Sicilian lifestyle as you stroll towards the old port of Palermo. Stop at street food stalls in the heart of Vucciria and sample the best bites selected by your guide. You will get to try the famous spleen sandwich and hear some interesting facts about its origins. The small group allows for easy interaction with your guide and the rest of the group. Your guide will then show you hidden spots and discuss several topics during the walk, from history to art to social issues. Feel free to ask your guide whatever you want. The walk ends at the old port of Palermo for one last sweet treat, a Brioche with ice cream. This will the memorable end to the tour and your last chance to get some tips to help you enjoy the rest of your stay as much as possible.

Palermo Traditional Food Tour

5. Palermo Traditional Food Tour

Discover our traditions with only the best dishes at the best restaurants. Make unforgettable memories with an Italian culinary experience of the following dishes.  Panino with panelle and crocchè: the beating heart of Palermo’s street food is sesame bread stuffed with mashed potatoes balls or chickpea omelet. This is an absolute must try in order to have an overview of the rich and tasty Sicilian food culture. Sfincione: made with a pizza-like dough covered with fresh tomato salsa, anchovies paste, capers, and onion. Sfincione is the super tasty version of a pizza from Palermo.  Rice arancina: famous all around the world these rice balls are filled with different ingredients (meat, smoked ham, spinach, mixed cheese, and more) and then deep-fried according to a centuries-long tradition: the best fried-food one can possibly try.  Pasta alla norma: traditionally shaped pasta (usually macaroni), with fresh tomato salsa, fried aubergines, salty seasoned ricotta cheese, and basil. The recipe was born in Catania but shortly after it became a symbol of Sicilian savory food. Anelletti al forno: small sized pasta shaped in the form of a ring (anello in Italian) with meat and pea salsa. One cannot claim to have been in Palermo without trying this. Traditional vegetables with parmigiana di melanzane: a famous Sicilian dish made with fried aubergines, tomato salsa, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.  Sicilian cannoli: a waffle, traditionally shaped around a hot metallic bar, filled with a sweet and creamy paste made from ricotta cheese, candied fruit, and crunchy pistachios or dark chocolate drops. A colorful sight and an explosion of a sweet taste.  Sicilian Granita: served in a glass it is perfect for relaxing on a warm summer afternoon and it intended to conclude a rich meal. Fresh fruit, sugar, and ice are the simple ingredients but the taste is incredible, especially topped with coffee, chocolate, or more fruit.  Sicilian cassata: traditional Sicilian pie, to be eaten chilled, made with fresh ricotta cheese, dried fruit, wheat paste, and other ingredients according to a hundred year old recipe. 

Palermo: Anti-mafia Bike Tour

6. Palermo: Anti-mafia Bike Tour

Discover how Palermo is healing from wounds inflicted by Mafia violence that peaked with massacres in 1992 with this group bike tour. Ride through the pedestrian areas of Palermo's old town and along the bike paths connect to the outskirts. Hear about how anti-mafia campaigners where inspired to take collective action. Be inspired by how young people today are still committed to improving society and pushing for change by volunteering in grass-roots movements like Libera and Addiopizzo. Learn more about these movements and their tactics as you ride through the city.

Corleone: Beyond the Godfather Guided Walking Tour

7. Corleone: Beyond the Godfather Guided Walking Tour

Enter into the little town nestled in the Sicilian countryside renowned for its mob violence and the infamous mafia boss, Toto Riina. Retrace the history of Corleone with a local activist and learn about the Anti-mafia resistance. Discover the names that are now symbolic of Anti-mafia liberation. Walk through the city center and climb to stunning panoramic viewpoints of the village and Sicilian countryside. Admire the paintings of Gaetano Porcase in the 'Laboratory of Legality' and see the history of the resistance for yourself.

Private 4-Hour Walking Tour of Palermo

8. Private 4-Hour Walking Tour of Palermo

Palermo is known as the city of delights. Experience its beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens on your own private walking tour. During its history, this city has played host to a number of different cultures. Palermo is Sicily’s touristic and economic capital, with beautiful weather all year round and a fantastic gastronomic industry. Delight your senses with a walking tour at the center of Sicily! The tour begins with a hotel pick up.   During this private walking tour you will get to know the most emblematic sites of Palermo. Among some of the tour highlights are: Quattro Canti Historical Market of Palermo Teatro Massimo Church “Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Martorana” Norman Palace Duomo (Cathedral of Palermo) San Giovanni degli Eremiti Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Martorana This private tour has a duration of 3 hours from the moment of pick up to the moment of drop off.

Palermo: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

9. Palermo: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test.  Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Taste everything you have prepared with a selection of red and white local wines.

Market Tour and Hands On Cooking Class in Palermo

10. Market Tour and Hands On Cooking Class in Palermo

Meet your local chef and follow them through a beautiful old market in Palermo. Learn how to shop for local produce based on the season. Select seasonal ingredients to use in your cooking class, where you will prepare a meal like a local. Enter the home of your friendly chef and learn all about Sicilian cuisine. You will prepare different local recipes and you will feel like a local chef for a day. The menu will change according to the season but will always include an antipasto, primo (first course), secondo (second course), dessert, and fine Sicilian wine. Once the work is completed, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor with fine Sicilian wine.

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What people are saying about Palermo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 242 reviews

I always try to travel ethically and was delighted to find this tour. I learned a lot about local history and culture that is extremely important in Palermo and I’m not sure how else I would have been to encounter it otherwise. I really appreciated being able to see Palermo through new eyes and encourage everyone to get to know the city with AddioPizzo.

Great .... you won't find these restaurants and places to stop for refreshments yourself. The tour was worth every euro. Fantastic tour guide Frederica ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We very much enjoyed our walking tour around central Palermo about how the anti Mafia movement started and why . Our guide was extremely knowledgable and passionate.

The tour guidin Francesca was super good and very engaging great food and ambiance

Interesting, informative and a little bit different from the standard tour.