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  • Palermo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

    1. Palermo Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

    Discover Palermo, the chief town of Sicily, on an open-top, hop-on hop-off bus tour! Start from the terminal outside the Politeama Theatre, cruise past the Massimo Theatre, and continue towards Piazza Quattro Canti and the nearby Vucciria Market. The tour continues towards the botanical gardens, passing near Palazzo Steri. After a quick glance of the central station, you'll find yourself in the vicinity of the Royal Palace, the Flea Market, and the Cathedral. Then return to the terminal along the ancient via Roma. The second route takes you to the beautiful villas of Palermo. Starting from the terminal outside the Politeama Theatre, admire the gorgeous English Garden and then continue towards Villa Malfitano and the wonderful Zisa Castle. The tour passes near the Mercato del Capo and the Massimo Theatre, towards the port, and then returns to the terminal in Politeama Square.

    Claudia is a wonderful guide and very fun and knowledgeable about the history of Catania. She made the hot weather bearable.

  • Palermo 3-Hour Street Food and History Walking Tour

    2. Palermo 3-Hour Street Food and History Walking Tour

    A walk through the center of Palermo is like visiting an open-air museum, where you’ll experience a range of different architectural styles. During the 3-hour walk you’ll see the Capo street markets that is a true mix of culture, customs, and food traditions, the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti and Piazza della Vergogna. The walk will also provide an opportunity to taste some specialties of Palermo. Some of the particular tastes of street food you might enjoy include sfincione (dough topped with onion, bread crumbs, tomato, and oregano), panelle (fried chickpea flour), crocché (potato croquettes), arancine (rice croquettes stuffed with meat or butter), and cannolo (crunchy shell with sweet-cheese). If you want you can ask to taste the bread with “meusa” (bread with spleen). You can ask also availability of tour in Italian language.

    There were 7 of us, and the tour lasted a little over 2 hours. It was GREAT!! I highly recommend it for the delicious food, stories, & history. The price was well worth it. My 30 year old daughter wasn’t too thrilled that I’d booked it, but afterwards said it was fantastic! Try to get Fabrizio as your guide - he’s the best!

  • Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

    3. 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

    4. 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 !

  • Capuchin Catacombs and Monreale Cathedral Private Tour

    5. Capuchin Catacombs and Monreale Cathedral Private Tour

    Explore the ghoulish remains of friars and luminaries at Palermo’s Capuchin Catacombs on a 3-hour sightseeing tour. Wander along dank corridors through a vast human library of mummified bodies. Inaugurated in 1599, when Capuchin monks discovered that their catacombs contained a mysterious preservative that could mummify the dead, the goal of the site is to reflect on the fragility of life and consider the pettiness of worldly goods. Some 8,000 bodies of men and women were ultimately buried in the catacombs, including the mummy of friar Silvestro of Gubbio, the first body to be buried in the catacombs. The corpses are divided into categories, such as friars, virgins, and professors, and often recognizable by their decaying clothing. As you walk through the corridors, you will see ghastly bodies that include the mummified corpse of the painter Velazquez. Emerge from the gruesome catacom...

    We took a private guided-tour with Patrizia, who was very pleasant and highly professional. We enjoyed the tour tremendously. We highly recommend it.

  • Palermo Private Walking Tour, Palatine Chapel & Lunch

    6. 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!

  • Palermo: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour with a Private Guide

    7. Palermo: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour with a Private Guide

    Discover the highlights of Palermo on a 2-hour sightseeing tour with a private guide, and marvel at the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque monuments of the city center to get a better appreciation of its history. Stroll along the atmospheric streets to find attractive churches and beautiful palaces, and get a feel for the rich culture and gastronomy along the way. Admire the elegant façade of the cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio Martorana and the Baroque buildings of the Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena) at the intersection of Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. See the nude statues of nymphs, mermaids and satyrs on the elegant fountain in Piazza Pretoria, visit the historical market and fall in love with the Teatro Massimo opera house on Piazza Verdi.

    Very good visit Our guide was fantastic She was very knowledgeable on history and very passionate A good experience

  • 3-Hour Palermo Segway PT Authorized Tour

    8. 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: Private Walking Tour with Sicilian Lunch

    9. Palermo: Private Walking Tour with Sicilian Lunch

    With its quaint, narrow streets and Arabic-influenced urban structure, Palermo is a city made for walking. Begin your private tour in the main square of Piazza Verdi, where you will meet your experienced, local guide. At the center of the square is Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe. It is possible to visit the theater upon request and according to the schedule of the theater. Next, see Ruggero VII Street, named the Lounge of Palermo, and cross Pepe Belmonte Street with its historic shops. Continue along the alleys and streets of the Arabic-influenced neighborhoods before arriving at the famous and lively Capo Market. Inside the market, marvel at the beautiful and ancient palazzos and the unique Church of the Immaculate Conception. Go inside to see its intricate Baroque monuments. Stop at the Cathedral and the many churches along Via Vittorio Emanuele. Next, arri...

    We did this tour on our first day in Palermo and it was a great way to get acquainted with the city. Plus our guide was great and so was the food and hospitality.

  • Palermo, Monreale and Mondello Private Tour with Street Food

    10. 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...

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What people are saying about Palermo Cathedral

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 672 reviews

There were 7 of us, and the tour lasted a little over 2 hours. It was GREAT!! I highly recommend it for the delicious food, stories, & history. The price was well worth it. My 30 year old daughter wasn’t too thrilled that I’d booked it, but afterwards said it was fantastic! Try to get Fabrizio as your guide - he’s the best!

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

Fabrizio is a great guide ! He knows every interesting stories about his city and Sicilia We learned a lot thanks to him. He's fun and knows the best spot for local food The mix of history and food is a perfect match I only recommend it !

Had a great tour with get your guide not just the food but also the history of Palermo. Great humor of guide . We met people from all over the world and such a good choice to do this on our first day of arrival.

An interesting tour with good food to try and an excellent guide, Fabrizio