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From Palermo: Cattedrale di Monreale Private Tour

Product ID: 81783
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Discover the Cathedral of Monreale, one of the greatest extant examples of Norman architecture in the world. Admire the impressive glass mosaics covering the interior and learn about its fascinating history through this 2-hour private guided tour.
About this activity
Duration 3.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit an authentic national monument of Italy and one of the most important attractions of Sicily
  • Admire the large extent (6,500 m2) of the impressive glass mosaics covering the interior of the church
  • Learn about the ancient history of the cathedral, which represents one of the most impressive architectural legacies of the Italian Middle Ages
  • Climb the stairs to the cathedral's terrace and enjoy the view of the geometric garden and its mountainous surroundings
Full description
Enjoy this 2-hour guided tour which will take you to the beautiful town of Monreale, about 45 minutes car drive from Palermo. There, you will visit the majestic Cathedral of Monreale, considered the finest example of Norman architecture in Sicily and one of the most impressive architectural legacies of the Italian Middle Ages.

The work was begun in 1174 by William II, and in 1182 the church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, was, by a bull of Pope Lucius III, elevated to the rank of a metropolitan cathedral. Nowadays, its size is 102 meters (334 feet) long and 40 meters wide (131 feet). It is, however, to a large extent (6,500 m2) the impressive glass mosaics covering the interior which makes this church so splendid. With the exception of a high dado, made of marble slabs with bands of mosaic between them, the whole interior surface of the walls, including soffits and jambs of all the arches, is covered with minute mosaic-pictures in bright colors on a gold ground. 

Follow the steps of your expert guide, learn about the fascinating history of this cathedral and explore its beautiful geometric garden. Ready to enjoy a truly stunning gem of Italian, and particulary Sicilian, architecture?

Includes
  • Tour led by an expert guide
  • Round trip private transfer from Palermo
What’s Not Included
  • Tickets to enter the cathedral (€4 per person)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Piazza Pretoria, 90100 Palermo, Italy. At Piazza Pretoria, your driver will be waiting for you next to the stairs that face Via Maqueda.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The duration of the transfer is approximately 45 minutes each way (the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions)
• Please note that the price doesn't include the admission fee to the cathedral. You'll be able to buy it on the spot (for only about €4)

From £528.16 Per group up to 7

Organized by

Faberest

Product ID: 81783