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Piazza Pretoria, Italy

Piazza Pretoria, Italy: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

1. Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

Discover the top sights in Palermo from a unique angle on a guided walking tour. Every stop is a chance to pause for reflection on the realities of the Mafia and consider the civic movement against Mafioso power. Meet your guide and begin your mafia-themed adventure through the streets of Palermo. Explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market Il Capo, and Piazza Della Memoria (a memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the mafia). Along the Cassaro, come across places with orange stickers on their windows, representing owners that have said no to paying the extortion racket and have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign pago chi non paga (I pay who does not pay).  After strolling by sights like Piazza Beati Paoli, Palermo Cathedral, and the city hall, finish the tour in the heart of Palermo's old town center. Get tips from your guide on how to continue your visit and where to taste the best Sicilian specialties.

Palermo: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

2. Palermo: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Palermo at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Palermo most important attractions on foot. In the history-filled city of Palermo you will first visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel. Then the unique Norman Palace and then the irreplaceable Cattedrale di Palermo. This wonderful route continues to the Chiesa del Gesù. As a fifth stop you will find the Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Piazza Pretoria. Of course, the Quattro Canti could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the Church of Saint Domenico. The penultimate destination is the enviable Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Massimo Theater.

Palermo: Historical Center Walking Tour with Rooftop Views

3. Palermo: Historical Center Walking Tour with Rooftop Views

Discover Palermo from above on a guided walking tour. Take in the city's top attractions, including picturesque piazzas, grand churches, and Palermo Cathedral. Explore the rooftops to see the city from up high. Learn about Palermo's history and the Sicilian tradition of baking in convents. Meet your guide at the entrance to Piazza San Domenico, before heading along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, where you can admire many architectural gems, including the impressive Palermo Cathedral with its mix of styles. Then, head to Piazza Bellini and the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Marvel at its Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo features. Discover this former convent's baking roots in the Dolceria, a project aimed at rediscovering the ancient Sicilian tradition of baking in convents. Next, get a whole new perspective on Palermo by climbing up to the roof of the convent of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, where you can admire breathtaking city views. Take in the beauty of the dome of the Baroque Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore church and the Cathedral from up high. Finally, visit the enchanting Piazza Pretoria, also known as the square of shame, in the middle of the historical center of Palermo. Admire its majestic marble fountain featuring sixteen nude statues of nymphs, humans, mermaids, and satyrs. Then, finish your tour back at the meeting point.

Palermo: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

4. Palermo: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. In the history-filled city of Palermo you will first visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel. Then the unique Norman Palace and then the irreplaceable Cattedrale di Palermo. This wonderful route continues to the Chiesa del Gesù. As a fifth stop you will find the Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Piazza Pretoria. Of course, the Quattro Canti could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the Church of Saint Domenico. The penultimate destination is the enviable Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Massimo Theater.

Palermo: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Guided Walking Tour

5. Palermo: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Guided Walking Tour

By choosing this small group tour, you will have the opportunity to admire the best attractions, with a tasty local break! This three hours small group tour will take you to the must-see spots of the city centre, crossing the Baroque and Normann-Arab style architecture, including attractions such as the Piazza Pretoria (Praetorian Square), called by the locals Square of Shame. The huge marble fountain you can admire in this square is amazing, and it is also the reason of the square's name, due to the nudity of its statues. The Praetorian Palace is located in this plaza, too, and it hosts the Town Hall, which is usually open to the public so that you may spot the mayor of Palermo. This impressive building was built in the 14th century, and it was renovated in the 19th century. Your cultural and historical experience will be enriched by admiring the Royal Palace, which now hosts the Regional Parliament of Sicily. After the Normans conquered Sicily in 1072, the palace was the main residence of the kings. In 1132, King Roger II added the magnificent Palatine Chapel, which is decorated with unique golden mosaics. When visiting Palermo, we cannot ignore its religious significance, so that they will be part of our small group itinerary, such as the Martorana Church, famous around the world for its beauty and majestic appearance. In fact, an Arabic traveller who visited the Martorana in 1184 called this Christian church "the most beautiful monument in the world", which perfectly resumes all we could have said about this site. One more unmissable stop will be the Cathedral of Palermo, a brilliant and unique example of stratification of styles, from Muslim to Normans to the Christian reconversion. If you are wondering if this culture discovering and walking will make you hungry, don’t worry…we will have another substantial stop included for our small group: a tasty Sicilian cannolo, in a typical local shop.

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 Piazza Pretoria, Italy

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 217 reviews

Attilio gave us a real education on the history of the judges, prosecutors and business people standing up the Mafia. He exposed how the mafia uses fear to extort the pizzo, a small share of an enterprise ‘s profit. He answered all our questions and shared some of his own experiences growing up in Palermo. You’ll hear about some amazingly brave and heroic individuals like Falcone, Borsellino, and the brave priest who will soon be sainted. It was nice how he tied in the Mafia with each location, such as the church, the government and everyday life.

The guide was engaging and informative. I was initially skeptical of taking a 'mafia' tour because I didn't know if it was going to in some way glorify it as the media often does but it was a candid and interesting explanation of the past and present of the influence of the mafia in Sicily and elsewhere. Recommended.

Nous avons fait le tour en Français avec Chloé. Très instructif et intéressant, elle connaissait très bien son sujet et répondait à toutes nos questions. Chloé est très sympathique, nous la recommandons vivement si vous voulez faire le tour en Français. Bravo Chloé et merci!

The time flew by! Very insightful and engaging tour. I learned so much!

Fascinating insight into an important part of Sicilian life.