Palermo Food & gourmet tours

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Palermo: Street Food Tour

1. Palermo: Street Food Tour

Street food is a strong tradition on the streets of Palermo. The discovery of Palermo comes through its flavors, the food shops with hundreds of years of experience and the small restaurants where fried goodies are served- your palate will be grateful! And do not worry: a fresh and delicious dessert will be sided by a richer one, in order to enjoy the incredible variety of Palermo’s bakery scene. Within this food tour, you will have the opportunity to try the following specialties (according to the availability of raw ingredients, season and the chef’s choices): • Panino with panelle and crocchè: Sesame bread stuffed with mashed potatoes “balls” or with chickpea omelet • Sfincione: Made with a pizza-like dough covered with fresh tomato salsa, anchovy paste, capers and onion • Rice Arancina: Rice ball is filled with different ingredients (meat, smoked ham, spinach, mixed cheeses and so much more) and then deep fried • Sicilian cannoli: Waffle, traditionally shaped around a hot metallic bar, filled with a sweet and creamy paste made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit, crunchy pistachios from the country surrounding the city or dark chocolate drops • Panino ca meuza: If you're a true experimenter and not afraid of strong tastes, you can try this sandwich filled with boiled spleen pieces and fried in lard. A real connoisseur sandwich • Sicilian granita: Served in a glass and it is meant for concluding a rich meal

Palermo: Street Food and Local Market Tasting Tour

2. Palermo: Street Food and Local Market Tasting Tour

Explore the main markets and backstreets of Palermo city center with a local food expert. Escape the usual tourist traps and discover venues loved by the locals for a fully immersive foodie experience. You will easily find arancini around the streets but there is only one place in town that still makes the thousand-year-old recipe, you will find it on this tour. Your guides will have selected various bouquets of traditional street food for you. Enjoy veggie fritters, soft ravazzata with spinach, and a challenging offal sandwich. All tours end with a seasonal dessert. The amount of food will substitute for your lunch. Venture down secret alleyways to chat with street food vendors and colorful characters. Enter the oldest working-class bar downtown and share a drink with Palermitans. The small group tour will allow you to interact with your local guide and collect the best tips to enjoy the city like a local. This is a truly authentic street experience. Local guides discuss many topics besides cuisine in order to make you feel the real street spirit of Palermo.

Palermo Traditional Food Tour

3. 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: 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 be 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.

8-days Tour of Sicily: Highlights (Small Group)

5. 8-days Tour of Sicily: Highlights (Small Group)

To begin, take a walk with your native local guide who will reveal Taormina’s culture, architecture, natural and political history, and tell stories about the Sicilian people and their traditions. Conquered by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, and Normans, Taormina boasts a rich and fascinating history and a robust mix of styles. Discover little streets and hidden corners that give Taormina a special charm. The next day involves a half-day trip to the small antique villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro located on the mountains. See the places where the most famous scenes of the Godfather movies were made. Next, get a real taste of Taormina. Savor its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful food and wine traditions alive. Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink like the locals. The next day involves an adventure to visit Mt. Etna. You will have free time to walk on the old lava flows before continuing your tour to a famous winery located on the slopes of Etna, famous for it’s unique vulcanic wines and organic food. You will then head to magnificent Noto. While walking around, taste a famous Modica chocolate and Sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary flavor. The next day will feature a 2-hour walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town. Admire the majesty of the Apollo Temple before heading down Via Cavour, one of the most colorful streets in Ortigia, where local artists and aristocrats like to spend their evenings. It’s then time to say goodbye to Syracuse and move towards Palermo passing the ancient Temple Valley. The following day, sample the best Sicilian streetfood during a 3-hour walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes a visit of the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets.

Palermo: 2-Hour Small Group Private Walking and Tasting Tour

6. Palermo: 2-Hour Small Group Private Walking and Tasting Tour

On this 3-hour walking tour, you’ll have the chance to savor a wide variety of local delicacies, typical street foods, sweets and wines. Explore the historic streets of Palermo, while indulging in traditional Sicilian cuisine. The local guide will lead you on a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. Also visit the bustling Capo Market to taste the arancine, calzoni, spiedini, and frittola. Try the pane ca meusa at Vucciria Market, as well. This small group tour, led by a local English-speaking guide, is limited to 12 people to ensure a more personalized experience.

Palermo: 2-Hour Sicilian Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour

7. Palermo: 2-Hour Sicilian Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour

Don’t miss out on this wonderful tasting tour of the best typical Sicilian wines and cheeses inside a charming 16th century private home, just a few steps from the famous Arab market Vucciria. This 2-hour tour is ideal for those who do not have enough time to travel to one of the wineries, many of them far from the city of Palermo. Inside a peaceful and relaxing home environment you can enjoy tasting original Sicilian wines, including Frappato, Nero d'Avola, Catarratto, Grillo, Anzonica (Insolia), and Grecanico. All wines will be happily combined with the best Sicilian cheeses, including Primo Sale, Caciocavallo fresco, Ricotta infornata, Canestrato, Vastedda del Belice, and Tuma persa. Enjoy sampling the wines and cheese, served with good black bread from Castelvetrano or Monreale and a rich mixed salad. To finish off the cheese and wine tastings, you will be served original cassatelle (fried sweets) of San Vito lo Capo and the classical sweet wine Zibibbo.

Street Food Walking Tour in Palermo

8. Street Food Walking Tour in Palermo

This private tour, starting at 10.00 am or 11.00 am, according to your preference, will last for about 3.5 hours during which time you'll have the opportunity to explore the culture and the amazing street food of Palermo. Starting from Piazza Verdi (next to the Rouge at Noir cinema), you will follow your guide along via Maqueda and Quattro Canti, get a view of the Pretoria fountain, Piazza Bellini with the Church of the Internal Admiral, the upper Cassaro and then you'll reach the beautiful Cathedral of Palermo. Your guide will then take you to Mercato del Capo the ancient famous street food market in the city. There, you'll have the chance to enjoy the street food you prefer... Don't be shy and ask you guide for recommendations on what to get!

Palermo Lunch or Dinner at Home & Private Chef

9. Palermo Lunch or Dinner at Home & Private Chef

Far from the concept of a cold restaurant, lunch or dinner at home means having an authentic experience around food, in a very fascinating home, eating with a view of Piazza San Domenico Church. You will taste 4 courses, from appetizer to dessert, all with seasonal and fresh ingredients, made with passion by a professional chef.  You will be welcomed with a glass of Sicilian cold white wine, and while you appreciate the view from the balcony the chef will prepare the meal in a open space kitchen. The menu is based on Sicilian dishes: appetizer, primo or secondo dish with fish, seafood vegetables (all according to the seasonal availability) and a dessert to finish.  During the lunch or dinner, a selection of very good Sicilian wines will be provided, with sweet wine for the end. This tour will always be in small groups and in an intimate atmosphere. It is possible to request a menu based on fish or beef or vegetarian and gluten free.

Palermo: Street Food Tour

10. Palermo: Street Food Tour

Taste some of Palermo's many flavors on this food tour. Explore the streets and markets and learn about the food traditions of the area. Immerse yourself in the folklore and traditions of the city as you taste different dishes at street vendors selected for the quality of their products. Begin at one of Palermo's most symbolic places, the enchanting Piazza Giuseppe Verdi. Here you'll find the magnificent Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy. A short walk away is the famous Mercato del Capo, where you can taste some of Palermo's most iconic street food including panelle, crocché, and arancini. Head toward the Cathedral of Palermo and stop at one of the most famous and largest markets in Palermo, the market of Ballaró. Your tour comes to an end at the Quattro Canti where you can admire the beautiful Piazza Bellini and Piazza Pretoria. 

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 311 reviews

This tour was such a great way to discover the markets with a local! Antonio was a fantastic guide. He made us try incredible street food whilst giving us an insight of history and traditions. Yes, you can visit the markets and buy food on your own, but you wouldn't get the story behind it, meet the people cooking the food, take a sneak peek of the kitchens. I would recommend to his tour to anyone visiting Palermo for the first time!

The tour was well paced and our guide, Ezio, was very knowledgeable in all topics about Palermo. He was passionate about the city and its history and this made our tour both interesting and enjoyable. He was eager to answer all of our questions

Food is very tasty . Michelangelo was very helpful, and explained a lot of landmarks in Palermo. Unfortunately, we were minority in there speaking English. Sometimes, we feel a little bit isolated. Overall, we like this activity very much .

If you’re like me, then you probably don’t feel confident walking into a local market and ordering food that you have no idea what it is you’re actually ordering. This tour was educational, culturally enlightening, and delicious !

It was a very interesting and well rounded tour. Focusing on Palermo's street food and markets, we learned of its history, culture, society and curiosities with fun flavourful food on top! I highly recommend this tour