A panoramic tour in the city of Palermo.
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
- Palermo Cathedral
- Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio
- Cappella Palatina entrance fee
- Local Professional Guide