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  • Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

    1. Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

    Get a feel for the rich history, culture, and architecture of central Palermo on a 3-hour guided walking tour. Your 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, 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 ...

    Fabrizio was an excellent guide - knowledgeable, great English and very innovative when obstacles in his way e.g. churches changing mass time. 3 hours flashed by in now time and we really enjoyed it! Definitely recommend him as a walking tour guide:-) Mignon

  • Palermo: Exclusive Art Tour

    2. Palermo: Exclusive Art Tour

    Discover the historical monuments of Palermo on a small group half-day tour, and learn the fascinating history of the city, from its birth under the Phoenicians through the Roman Republic and the Byzantine Empire to the modern day. Wander the winding streets of the Politeama sestiere (district) to see iconic buildings such as the Teatro Politeama and Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe. Learn about the Arab-Norman era and religious rites at sites such as the 12th-century Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) in the Palazzo Reale. Look in wonder at the splendid façade of Palermo Cathedral, characterized by different architectural styles, from the Gothic through the early Renaissance and Baroque. Learn more about the hidden treasures of the historical center and hear amazing stories that take you on a journey through time.

    Glad to have the opportunity to leave a review. We were lucky enough to get Francesca on a Sunday. She is knowledgeable as well as flexible ( given we are both over 65) Francesca was able to impart a wealth of knowledge we would never have known otherwise. She also showed us many locations of historical significance and explained their background. As well as this we visited the local markets and streets and , Francesca explained some of the Palmero culture which were just as much fun. Not to mention a couple of little shop detours on the way. Our trip to Palermo was greatly enriched by Francesca’s tour. Grazie Mille Francesca !

  • Palermo Private Walking Tour, Palatine Chapel & Lunch

    3. Palermo Private Walking Tour, Palatine Chapel & Lunch

    Palermo is especially suited for a walking tour, considering its Arabic-influenced urban structure and narrow streets and lanes. Get acquainted with this beautiful Sicilian city on this half-day walking tour. Start by crossing Politeama Square, the main square of Palermo, where the main city avenues meet. Continue along Ruggero VII Street, which is considered the “lounge of Palermo” and pass the Church of St. Lucia before arriving at Theater Massimo, the largest theater in Europe. Continue along Via Maqueda, an ancient commercial street full of churches and historic buildings, to Candelai, which is at the heart of Palermo's nightlife. See Quattro Canti, meaning "four corners," which divides the city exactly into four parts. See the beautiful church, St. Joseph of Theatine and tour the iconic Cathedral of Palermo. The Royal Palace awaits afterward, where you can visit a Jewel of Arab N...

    Since we were a large group on a business trip, local guide was very flexible and helpful with the preparations. Also during the tour they were always trying to accommodate our on-site wishes and made our trip really fantastic! I would highly recommend this tour as you will hear a lot of funny stories and have an amazing experience in Palermo!

  • 3-Hour Palermo Segway PT Authorized Tour

    4. 3-Hour Palermo Segway PT Authorized Tour

    Palermo's metropolitan attractions and incredibly diverse history are yours to discover as we guide you through the streets on your personal Segway. Early in the tour we pass the Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house. Then you step back to the time of the Saracens as we cross the Arab-flavored Capo Market toward the cathedral, built in the 1100s but renovated in various styles through the centuries since. Further on, the Norman Palace recalls the time after the Saracens. It and the Bishop's Palace overlook Piazza della Vittoria and Villa Bonano, where traces of the old Roman city are preserved. Little remains from the time of Greek dominance or from the Phoenicians who founded the city. Palaces and churches, Town Hall Square with the Pretoria Fountain, Garibaldi Gardens and the fascinating Castello a Mare, or "castle in the sea" -- you will be amazed at all that Palermo has to o...

  • Palermo, Monreale and Mondello Private Tour with Street Food

    5. Palermo, Monreale and Mondello Private Tour with Street Food

    On this full-day tour visit the magnificent sights in the city of Palermo before moving on to the town of Monreale, where you will visit the fabulous cathedral. Finish off the day with a visit to the beach resort of Mondello. Your private chauffeur will first take you into the center of Palermo to explore its magnificent sights. Here you will visit Ruggiero VII Square (Piazza Politeama), the Theater Massimo, Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena), the Royal Palace and the Palatine Chapel – a beautiful chapel representing the best example of Arab-Norman art. After seeing the interesting sights in Palermo, visit the town of Monreale. Here you can admire the magnificent cathedral and cloister, one of the most stunning Norman churches.  Also visit Mondello, a popular beach resort near Palermo which was originally a small fishing village. Here you can enjoy the sight of the small fishing boats be...

  • Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    6. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and...

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What people are saying about Palatine Chapel

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Fabrizio was an excellent guide - knowledgeable, great English and very innovative when obstacles in his way e.g. churches changing mass time. 3 hours flashed by in now time and we really enjoyed it! Definitely recommend him as a walking tour guide:-) Mignon

It really was a nice tour in which we learned a lot about Palermo. The history, the food, the monuments, the markets; too much to mention came by. We even learned a few Sicilian words! At the end we were tired but fulfilled.

Our guide Ambra was great. She made us discover lots of beautiful little places. They also gave us great advice on restaurants and ice cream parlors. We were all delighted. We can only recommend this experience.

Palermo deserves to be discovered beyond a simple walk in the streets Riches of history and architecture require the support of a guide !!

Very nice and interesting tour and the guide Amber outstanding. Highly recommended. (the duration is more than three hours)