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Palermo Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Palermo Family-friendly activities

Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

1. Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

Discover Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (3.345 mt), and the town of Taormina that sits on the slopes of Mount Tauro on this guided tour. Enjoy plenty of free time to see the Silvestri Craters, Taormina’s Greek-Roman Theater, and more. Meet with staff and the rest of the group at the meeting point in Palermo, then depart to Etna. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to visit the Silvestri Craters and other sites. Try climbing Mount Etna in two different ways: • Ascend to 2,500 meters: From Funivia dell’Etna, ride a cable car up to 2,500 meters (at Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2,500 meters, you can walk around, hike, or enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the area. This option has an additional cost to pay on the spot, approximately €30 per person. • Ascend to the top from 2,500 meters up to 2,920 meters: From Montagnola at around 2,500 meters, jump on board the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) to reach 2,800 meters with a licensed Etna guide. Then, hike to reach 2,920 meters. This option has an additional cost to be paid on the spot of approximately €60 per person. Afterward, depart for Taormina, a scenic town on the slopes of Mount Tauro (204 m). This stop is not guided, so you are free to explore independently at your own pace. Visit the Greek-Roman Theater and admire the views of Etna and Taormina Bay. Later, head back to Palermo to be dropped off.

Palermo: Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel Tour with Tickets

2. Palermo: Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel Tour with Tickets

With more than 800 years of history, it’s perfect for culture vultures! Of all the incredible attractions in Palermo, the Palazzo dei Normanni is one that you can’t miss off your itinerary. Once the seat of the King of Sicily, it is the oldest royal residence in Europe and you can learn the history of all the dynasties who had their thrones here - as well as visiting a stunning and sublime channel. Palermo is decorated in history and there are few buildings that offer a window into the past quite as clear as the Palazzo dei Normanni. The Palazzo dei Normanni (or the Norman Palace to English speakers). Construction on the palace started in the 9th century when Sicily was under Islamic rule, though it was renovated by the Normans in 1072 when their empire spread across Europe. Now, it’s the home of the Sicilian Regional assembly. You’ll get exclusive entrance into the palace and its gardens Though not as well known as Rome’s Sistine Chapel or Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, the Cappella Palatina (or Palatine Chapel) is one of the most spectacular in all of Italy. The chapel, on the second-floor of the palace, was built in 1140 and gives an insight into the arts, science and philosophy of the dominant Western and Middle Eastern cultures at that time. See traditional Islamic designs, Byzantine mosaics, and golden decorations in one of the best examples of the Arab - Norman - Byzantine style. Not only do your tickets allow you entrance to the palace and chapel, but you can explore the gardens too with your expert guide. And as the tour is 1.5 hours long, there’s enough time for you to appreciate the stunning historic building and then spend the rest of the day wandering through Palermo’s historic centre.

Palatine Chapel: Private Walking Tour & Sicilian Lunch

3. Palatine Chapel: Private Walking Tour & Sicilian 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 Norman art and also the most visited monument in Sicily: the Palatine Chapel. Throughout the tour, you will see old Arab quarters hidden among the narrow lanes of the inner city, including the community of St. Clare. Admire the nude statues in the Square of Shame and the red Arabic-style domes atop the Church of the Martorana. Shop around the historic market, Vucciria and Saint Dominic Square before lunch. Inside a 16th-century Spanish building, enjoy a rich Sicilian buffet, including panelle, sfincione, anelletti al forno, caponata and cassatelle, along with a traditional Sicilian wine and a dessert of almond biscuits and mocha espresso.

Palermo: Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class with Dinner and Wine

4. Palermo: Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class with Dinner and Wine

This pizza making class is a memorable way to spend an afternoon in Palermo, especially if you’re travelling with your family. Guided by a pizzaiolo, first, you’ll stretch the dough and make the base ready for fresh toppings of tomato and mozzarella cheese. And you’ll also discover how to make gelato - both main course and dessert are sorted! Pizza is probably the world’s favourite food, and where better to learn than Italy? As you’re in Palermo, you’ll also see how a traditional “sfincione palermitano”is made. In English, that means thick sponge, so this is a little different to the thin-based traditional Neapolitan pizza you might be used to - not that that makes it any less mouthwatering. Watch your pizzaiolo make the thick, bready dough and pay attention because you’ll pick up plenty of tips that you can use to take home when cooking in your own kitchen! Your pizza chef will show you how to stretch, sauce, bake and slice your creation. But your dough is going to have to rest before you sample your creation. However, we’ve got the time you’d otherwise be waiting filled with two activities. Firstly, anyone over 18 can sample wines. Then, everybody will learn how to make pistachio gelato and the cone to put it in. Your chef will also take you through the history of Italian ice cream - perfect! Once everything is ready, you’ll be able to eat your delicious pizza and gelato. However, that’s not the end of the class. You’ll get a souvenir to take home - a digital booklet with recipes so you can make pizza and gelato for your family and friends back home, who are sure to be impressed! An unforgettable afternoon, you’ll learn about Italian culture and its most delicious specialities while enjoying a fun and easy experience with your family.

Palermo: Market Tour and Sicilian Cooking Class with Lunch

5. Palermo: Market Tour and Sicilian Cooking Class with Lunch

One of our best sellers arrives in Palermo! Thanks to this cooking lesson in a small group, you will have the opportunity to learn some of the recipes of the traditional Sicilian cuisine with a professional chef, visiting a picturesque market of Palermo, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily. During the cooking class you will be assisted by a local trained professional chef, and you will learn to cook some of the most famous recipes of the island's culinary tradition. You will have the opportunity to personally buy local products, chosen according to the season, which will allow you to make some of the dishes of the tradition of Palermo. Together with your personal chef, you will feel Sicilian food expert for a moment! You will start your eXPerience with a visit to a famous market of Palermo, “mercato del capo” where you can discover the culinary delights that this city offers. You will be introduced to the flavors of Sicily, learning how to choose and distinguish fresh ingredients, that you will use during your cooking class. After the market stop, it will be time to put your apron on and start your cooking class! Your professional chef will make you learn to create some of the typical dishes of the culinary culture of Sicily, in the highly entertaining way which is typical of our cooking classes! During you cooking class in Palermo, you will prepare a 3 course meal: just to mention some of the Sicilian specialties that you might prepare during this experience (the menu may vary according to seasonal ingredients available), you may discover the secrets of "arancini”, fried rice meatballs filled with meat sauce and peas, home made Pasta alla norma, to end with the most famous Sicilian dessert: cannoli! You will end this amazing eXPerience by savoring the dishes that you have prepared with your own hands. Get your recipe booklet and be ready to surprise your friends with Sicilian recipes back home!

Palermo: Guided Walking Tour of Sicilian Art and Food

6. Palermo: Guided Walking Tour of Sicilian Art and Food

The Sicilian capital is known for its art, food and history. You’ll discover all the dishes that make Palermo tick. Sample the island’s original street food snack, arancini, cool down with an icy granita, and indulge in a ricotta filled cannoli. A Palermo walking tour is one of the best ways to get to know the island capital of Sicily. And what better than one that takes in all the top attractions while letting you sample the delicacies? Though you won’t be entering them, you’ll pass by the Royal Palace, Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normanni and the Teatro Massimo, with your guide explaining the significance of each one over the three-hour duration. Though sight is well and truly taken care of as you discover the historic centre, this walking tour of Palermo is all about smell and taste. As you wander, you can’t fail to notice the delightful scents and aromas which will waft your way throughout. The good news? You’ll be stopping off to investigate some of them in more detail. With five tasting stops throughout, there’s room for a full lunch on the tour. You could enjoy one of the “courses” in one of the city’s picturesque squares, such as Piazza Quattro Canti or Piazza Pretoria. A little more on those delicious dishes that you will taste. No visit to Sicily is complete without gorging yourself on the island’s best-known street food - arancini. These “little oranges” are deep-fried rice balls with fillings such as ragu or spinach and ricotta. There are also cannoli, fried pastry packed with a sweet, creamy cheese filling, while an icy granita will cleanse your palate and cool you down too! To try all of them and much more, join this awesome food tour of Palermo.

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What people are saying about Palermo

Activity well organized and corresponding to the description, excellent transport. Our guide Federico was super friendly and always there to accompany us when needed. He shared his knowledge with us and answered our questions well. We will book with this company again on a future trip.

The most amazing personal tour of Palermo I could have ever imagined. Learned so much and now have a lifelong friend in my guide Patrizia who also owns the tour company. If you are going to Palermo this this the way to learn the city

I loved it, a wonderful experience! I recommend it, and our guide Diana FABULOUS, and our driver who behaved like a champion (many hours behind the wheel)

A great day! Friendly guide and extraordinary driver who went so far as to bring us back a phone left on the bus after a long day's work! THANK YOU!!!

Very informative trip. Enough time at the stops. Super tour guide Tizziano.