Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

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Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

From US$ 42.25 per person

Walk through central Palermo on a guided tour of vibrant markets and historical monuments. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of this bustling Sicilian capital.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
Starting time 10:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore inside the 12th-century Palermo Cathedral
  • Walk through the famous Capo and Ballaró street markets
  • Admire the Royal Palace dating from the Norman Sicily era
Full description
Get a feel for the rich history, culture, and architecture of central Palermo on a 3-hour guided walking tour. Your English-speaking guide will take you to Norman Sicily churches and beautiful palaces, through bustling city squares and famous old street markets. Head first to the Teatro Massimo and learn about Italy’s largest opera house, known for its perfect acoustics. Then visit the beautiful Palermo Cathedral and Royal Palace, both dating from the 12th century and part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. See the Church of the Gesù, one of the most important Baroque churches in Palermo, as well as the Praetorian Palace, an outstanding palace of the 15th century.   Continue to Pretoria Square, referred to by locals as the “square of shame” for the nudity of its fountain statues. You’ll also visit the nearby Bellini Square where you’ll see the Church of San Cataldo and Martorana Church, two more Norman Sicily–era churches and UNESCO World Heritage sites.   Along the way, your guide will lead you through the famous Ballarò, Capo, and Vucciria street markets. Observe the lively scenes and multitude of smells, textiles, and colorful foods as you weave among the stalls. You can also buy and taste some of the city’s popular street food, including panelle (chickpea fritters), crocchè (fried potato and egg), and arancine (rice balls).   The tour ends in the exact center of historic Palermo, the Baroque Villena Square, also known as Quattro Canti (Four Corners). It was built in the early 1600s at the crossing of the two most prominent streets in Palermo: Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the Palermo Cathedral
  • Pickup option close to the port for cruise passengers
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Food and drinks
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Piazza Olivella, in front of the entrance to the Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Value for money
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Our Guide, Fabricio, is himself an interesting Palermian. He did an excellent tour, based on his extensive knowledge of history and living in his natal city with his eyes open. We were treated with info. on history of the city, but also of the current street food and other culinary specialties of esp. Palermo and Sicily in general.

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