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Palermo UNESCO sites small group walking tour

Get to know the historical and artistic wonders of the Sicilian capital

Highlights

  • Take a tour of Palermo with an expert local guide
  • Marvel at the baroque and Norman architecture of Sicily’s largest city
  • Learn about Palermo’s fascinating multicultural history
  • Explore the city’s UNESCO sites walking
  • Enjoy one of the city’s tastiest cannoli

Departure

EVERY DAY at 9.00 AM

DURATION

3 HOURS

period

APRIL 1st to OCTOBER 31

language

English

Description

The largest city in Sicily: Palermo has a whole host of cultural and historical treasures, eight of which are UNESCO sites. Take this small group walking tour to see the best the city has to offer and try a tasty local delicacy.

Our knowledgeable guide will accompany you to the must-see attractions of Palermo’s historic center on a three-hour small group tour.

This tour takes in all eight of Palermo’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites. Wander through the city looking up at the stunning Norman-Arab and Baroque architecture, stopping off at Piazza Pretoria (Praetorian Square). However, that’s not what the locals call it - it’s affectionately known as the Square of Shame as all of its statues are nude! You’ll also find the Town Hall in said square, housed inside the Praetorian Palace. The building, which dates back to the 14th century and was renovated in the 19th, is open to the public so you may even see Palermo’s mayor. 

Known as the Palazzo dei Normanni in its native Italian, the Sicilian Royal Palace is the oldest royal residence in Europe, which you wil admire from the outside. It was built in the 11th century when the Normans conquered Sicily, but it is now home to the Regional Parliament of Sicily. In the 12th century, the stunning Palatine Chapel was added, adorned with gold mosaics. 

The final stop on this walking tour of Palermo explores the city’s religious significance. Your group will stop off at the Martorana Church, which was called the most beautiful monument in the world by an Arab traveler who visited in the 12th century. The trip is then rounded off with a visit to the Cathedral of Palermo, which has been reconverted to a Christian place of worship after a period under Islamic and Norman rule. All of that walking and admiring history and culture is fun but it can surely work up an appetite, so we’ll stop off at a traditional local shop to try a Sicilian cannolo. Delicious!

Inclusions

  • Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Walking tour
  • View all the main monuments of the city (outside)
  • Entrance to Cathedral
  • Typical Sicilian Cannolo

Meeting Point

TEATRO MASSIMO
Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, Palermo. Look for our tour leader in front of the gate and next to the stairs.

Notes

Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.

Rain Policy

This tour runs rain or shine.

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