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  1. Italy
  2. Sicily
  3. Palermo
  4. Teatro Massimo

Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

Product ID: 209697
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Walk through central Palermo on a guided tour of vibrant markets and historical monuments. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of this bustling Sicilian capital.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore inside the 12th-century Palermo Cathedral
  • Walk through the famous Capo and Ballaró street markets
  • Admire the Royal Palace dating from the Norman Sicily era
Full description
Get a feel for the rich history, culture, and architecture of central Palermo on a 3-hour guided walking tour. Your English-speaking guide will take you to Norman Sicily churches and beautiful palaces, through bustling city squares and famous old street markets.

Head first to the Teatro Massimo and learn about Italy’s largest opera house, known for its perfect acoustics. Then visit the beautiful Palermo Cathedral and Royal Palace, both dating from the 12th century and part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. See the Church of the Gesù, one of the most important Baroque churches in Palermo, as well as the Praetorian Palace, an outstanding palace of the 15th century.  

Continue to Pretoria Square, referred to by locals as the “square of shame” for the nudity of its fountain statues. You’ll also visit the nearby Bellini Square where you’ll see the Church of San Cataldo and Martorana Church, two more Norman Sicily–era churches and UNESCO World Heritage sites.  

Along the way, your guide will lead you through the famous Ballarò, Capo, and Vucciria street markets. Observe the lively scenes and multitude of smells, textiles, and colorful foods as you weave among the stalls. You can also buy and taste some of the city’s popular street food, including panelle (chickpea fritters), crocchè (fried potato and egg), and arancine (rice balls).  

The tour ends in the exact center of historic Palermo, the Baroque Villena Square, also known as Quattro Canti (Four Corners). It was built in the early 1600s at the crossing of the two most prominent streets in Palermo: Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the Palermo Cathedral
  • Pickup option close to the port for cruise passengers
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

Piazza Olivella, in front of the entrance to the Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas

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Organized by

Cavallaro Fabrizio

Product ID: 209697