It took a solid chunk of time, but after 3 hours, it was finally finished.
Palermo, a mesmerizing city, is abundant with numerous cultural and historical gems, including a remarkable tally of 8 UNESCO sites. Opting for this exclusive tour will grant you the privilege of beholding the finest attractions while indulging in a delectable local intermission.
Embark on a captivating journey that spans three hours, guiding you through the heart of the city. As we traverse the enchanting city center, brace yourself for a captivating encounter with architectural wonders that seamlessly blend Baroque and Normann-Arab styles. Prepare to be awestruck as we explore renowned landmarks such as Piazza Pretoria, affectionately known as the Square of Shame by the locals. In this very square, an immense marble fountain awaits your admiration, its statues showcasing unabashed nudity and lending credence to its notorious name. Within the confines of this plaza lies the majestic Praetorian Palace, serving as a home to Palermo's esteemed Town Hall. If fortune favors you, you may even catch a glimpse of the illustrious mayor himself, as this splendid edifice opens its doors to the public. A testament to its enduring grandeur, this awe-inspiring structure boasts a rich history that dates back to the 14th century, gracefully restored in the 19th century.
One's cultural and historical understanding will be greatly enhanced by taking a moment to appreciate the Royal Palace, which currently serves as the esteemed Regional Parliament of Sicily. Following the Norman conquest of Sicily in 1072, this grand palace became the primary abode for the reigning monarchs. It was during the year 1132 that King Roger II made a remarkable addition to the palace - the awe-inspiring Palatine Chapel, adorned with extraordinary golden mosaics of unparalleled beauty.
When one has the opportunity to explore Palermo, it is imperative that we acknowledge its profound religious significance. This acknowledgment will inevitably lead us to include two remarkable sites in our itinerary: the Martorana Church and the Cathedral of Palermo. The Martorana Church, known worldwide for its breathtaking beauty and grandiose appearance, was even praised by an Arabic traveler in 1184 as "the most magnificent monument in existence." Such a statement encapsulates the essence of this Christian sanctuary perfectly, leaving no further words necessary to describe its splendor. Another essential stop on our journey through Palermo would be the Cathedral, a true testament to the fusion of various architectural styles - from Islamic influences to Norman designs and ultimately showcasing the transformation into a place of Christian worship. Now, if you are concerned that all this sightseeing might leave you with a rumbling stomach, fear not! Our tour includes a delectable pit stop at a local establishment where you can indulge in the mouthwatering delight that is Sicilian cannolo.
Speaking Guide - English Licensed
Tour on foot
- Experience the city's main monuments firsthand
- Cathedral entrance
- Delicious Cannolo, Sicilian style