Guided tour

Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

45 reviews

Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

From US$ 39.56 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
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore inside the 12th-century Palermo Cathedral
  • Walk through the famous Capo street market
  • Immerse yourself in the sensations of Palermo's street markets
Full description

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 churches and UNESCO World Heritage sites.   Along the way, your guide will lead you through the famous Capo 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

You 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
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

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

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 45 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5

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Fabrizio was a great tour guide! He had a lot of knowledge and facts to share, even when we had questions that weren't part of the guided tour. There were also a lot of hidden gems he explained in detail that you would miss unless you had a tour guide explaining it to you. Also he recommended great places for us to eat afterwards as well!

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August 14, 2021

Fabrizio was one of the best guides we ever had. He was very passionate about telling us all about the secrets of Palermo and we didn't notice the time passing. He was very friendly and ready to reply to any question. Totally recommend this tour to any tourists who would like to make the most of their stay in the town. Maria & Tarek

July 23, 2021

Fantastic experience, Fabrizio was a precious and tireless guide, the tour extended beyond the three hours scheduled but he did not ask for any supplement but rather when he greeted us he was generous with advice to make us continue our stay in Palermo. I highly recommend it for both professionalism and kindness.

June 24, 2021

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