Palermo Small group activities

Our most recommended Palermo Small group activities

Palermo: Street Food and History Walking Tour

1. Palermo: Street Food and History Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour through the center of Palermo and feel like you are visiting an open-air museum. Marvel at a range of different architectural styles and see the Capo street markets that are a true mix of culture, customs, and food traditions. Taste five local food specialties and a drink to wash them down tastefully. Blend a historical and foodie walking tour into one. See and learn about historical landmarks, including Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti, and the Pretoria fountain en route. Walk through the bustling Capo Street Market, offering a wide selection of local meats, seafood, produce & Sicilian bites. Then, taste some local specialties from Palermo. Tuck into some 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). Refresh yourself with a drink, to close off your tour in style.

Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

2. 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 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, crocché, sfincione and arancina 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.

Palermo: Street Food and Local Market Tasting Tour

3. 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: 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.

From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Day Trip

5. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Day Trip

In the company of our escort driver, you will leave fromPalermo and yourfirst stop will be the wonderful Cefalù; your escort will make you walk through the streets of the city, until you reach the oldest Norman cathedral dating back to 1131: the Duomo of Cefalù. You will have 2 hours to enjoy, independently, the visit of the cathedral and admire the famous gold mosaic of "Christ Pantocrator" that dominates the presbytery . In addition to historical monuments, in Cefalù you can visit the endless beach on which stands the ancient medieval village, populated since ancient Greece. The next destination that awaits you will be Monreale, a majestic village located on Mount Caputo, overlooking the "Conca d'oro". Here you can visit another majestic cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Monreale, a UNESCO World HeritageSite. It is the Arab-Norman cathedral richest in gold and lapis lazuli in the world.

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

6. 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: Market, Cooking Class and Dining in a Local's Home

7. Palermo: Market, Cooking Class and Dining in a Local's Home

Go food shopping like a local with your expert home cook, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at the expert cook's home, learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the home cool will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Palermo: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

8. Palermo: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

This local supplier is home to Italy's first and finest network of home cooks, known as "Cesarina" (a passionate Italian cook and host whose empire is the heart of the Italian home: the kitchen). Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the Cesarine are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Palermo: Pasta and Tiramisu Class at a Local's Home

9. Palermo: Pasta and Tiramisu Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta and tiramisu-making class in a welcoming home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu and savor the fruits of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by local wines. During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the famous Italian tiramisu dessert from scratch. Discover the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes from your chef/guide. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family when you get home with an authentic Italian meal. This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Market Tour and Hands On Cooking Class in Palermo

10. Market Tour and Hands On Cooking Class in Palermo

Meet your local chef and follow them through a beautiful old market in Palermo. Learn how to shop for local produce based on the season. Select seasonal ingredients to use in your cooking class, where you will prepare a meal like a local. Enter the home of your friendly chef and learn all about Sicilian cuisine. You will prepare different local recipes and you will feel like a local chef for a day. The menu will change according to the season but will always include an antipasto, primo (first course), secondo (second course), dessert, and fine Sicilian wine. Once the work is completed, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor with fine Sicilian wine.

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What people are saying about Palermo

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!

Our guide Fabrizio was fabulous. It was a rainy day and he made the best of the situation and even gave us his umbrella to use. The tour was the perfect length and the food we tried was absolutely delicious! The market we visited was amazing. Would definitely recommend this tour.

We loved our time with Fabrizio! He was so funny, kind, and knowledgeable, and we learned so much. It’s clear that Fabrizio has a great relationship with the local merchants and that he truly loves his city! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

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 !

Fabrizio was a great tour guide. We all learned many things about Palermo. A great sense of humor. A very enjoyable tour!