Palermo

Art & History

Starting From $140

Introduction

Palermo has been a crossroads of cultures and traditions since ancient times and with this tour you will learn about its fascinating history and culture through the most famous monuments, churches and neighborhoods. Palermo’s streets are filled with bustling outdoor markets overflowing with olives and colorful citrus fruits, while artistic delights and historic gems abound at every corner and include Norman palaces, Baroque churches and exquisite chapels. Your guide will show you delightful squares and picturesque streets while explaining the city’s fascinating history and the many cultures that called Palermo their home throughout the centuries. The tour will also lead you inside the Norman Palace to visit the 12th-century Palatine Chapel, where every surface is covered in stunning mosaics depicting tales of the Old and New Testaments, and ceilings with spectacular wooden panels carved and painted by Arab craftsmen.


Description

Meet your driver and your guide at your hotel for a 4 hours unforgettable exploration.
First a Greek and Roman city, then a capital of the Arab world, and later conquered by both the Normans and the Swabians – this is Palermo, a place where preciosities left by the Arab and Norman rules coexist along with the Baroque and Art Nouveau styles of the buildings and monuments, the city streets and markets, gardens and theatres. 
The influence of Palermo’s enormously multi-ethnic past is visible in its Cathedral, a majestic work begun in the 12th Century and rehashed a number of times. The tombs of Emperors Roger II and Frederick II are also located here. 
Nearby, the Norman Palace stands: originally an Arab structure, it has always been the seat of power. It contains the Palatine Chapel, rich in Byzantine-inspired mosaics and, together with the Martorana – the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio – is a true and proper masterpiece.  
The elegant Martorana, with its high, arcaded bell tower, dates back to the Norman epoch; meanwhile, the monumental Pretoria fountain that inhabits the neighboring homonymous piazza is Baroque. 
From here, moreover, one can move down toward the sea, passing by the Vuccirìa, the oldest and most-animated market in the entire city; it is located in Piazza San Domenico, home to the same-named Church, among the most interesting Baroque structures in Palermo. 
Another building that dates back to the Norman era is the deconsecrated Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, built on the foundations of an old Mosque, and boasting red domes done in the oriental style.
Return to hotel with your driver
 

Tour Information

Tour Code: PAL001
Tour Type: Experiences
Tour Category: Art & History
Departure Type: Guaranteed Departure
City: Palermo, Italy
Grade/Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 Hours
Transport Mode: Walking + Car/Minivan
Scheduling: Private Tour
Languages: English
Hotel Pickup: Yes(From Selected Locations)
Children Allowed: Yes
Min. Pax: 1
Max. Pax: 7
Start Time: 09:00 AM , 03:00 PM
Starting/Meeting Point : your hotel
Availability:
Everyday From January 2020 To December 2020
Blackout Dates:
25,26 December 2016
1 January 2017
16 April 2017
1 May 2017
15 August 2017
25,26 December 2017
1 January 2018

Highlights

  • Palermo Cathedral
  • Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio
  • Explore Palermo escorted by an expert local guide
  • Visit the stunning mosaics of the Palatine Chapel with skip-the-line tickets
  • Comfortable car with pick up/drop off at your hotel

Description

Meet your driver and your guide at your hotel for a 4 hours unforgettable exploration.
First a Greek and Roman city, then a capital of the Arab world, and later conquered by both the Normans and the Swabians – this is Palermo, a place where preciosities left by the Arab and Norman rules coexist along with the Baroque and Art Nouveau styles of the buildings and monuments, the city streets and markets, gardens and theatres. 
The influence of Palermo’s enormously multi-ethnic past is visible in its Cathedral, a majestic work begun in the 12th Century and rehashed a number of times. The tombs of Emperors Roger II and Frederick II are also located here. 
Nearby, the Norman Palace stands: originally an Arab structure, it has always been the seat of power. It contains the Palatine Chapel, rich in Byzantine-inspired mosaics and, together with the Martorana – the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio – is a true and proper masterpiece.  
The elegant Martorana, with its high, arcaded bell tower, dates back to the Norman epoch; meanwhile, the monumental Pretoria fountain that inhabits the neighboring homonymous piazza is Baroque. 
From here, moreover, one can move down toward the sea, passing by the Vuccirìa, the oldest and most-animated market in the entire city; it is located in Piazza San Domenico, home to the same-named Church, among the most interesting Baroque structures in Palermo. 
Another building that dates back to the Norman era is the deconsecrated Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, built on the foundations of an old Mosque, and boasting red domes done in the oriental style.
Return to hotel with your driver
 

What's Included

  • Cappella Palatina entrance fee
  • Transportation

Not Included

  • Meals