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Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

1. Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

Get a feel for the rich history, culture, and architecture of central Palermo on a 3-hour guided walking tour. Your 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, 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 Capo 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.

Palermo: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour with a Private Guide

2. Palermo: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour with a Private Guide

Discover the highlights of Palermo on a 2-hour sightseeing tour with a private guide, and marvel at the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque monuments of the city center to get a better appreciation of its history. Stroll along the atmospheric streets to find attractive churches and beautiful palaces, and get a feel for the rich culture and gastronomy along the way. Admire the elegant façade of the cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio Martorana and the Baroque buildings of the Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena) at the intersection of Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. See the nude statues of nymphs, mermaids and satyrs on the elegant fountain in Piazza Pretoria, visit the historical market and fall in love with the Teatro Massimo opera house on Piazza Verdi.

Palermo Private Walking Tour, Palatine Chapel & Lunch

3. Palermo Private Walking Tour, Palatine Chapel & Lunch

Palermo is especially suited for a walking tour, considering its Arabic-influenced urban structure and narrow streets and lanes. Get acquainted with this beautiful Sicilian city on this half-day walking tour. Start by crossing Politeama Square, the main square of Palermo, where the main city avenues meet. Continue along Ruggero VII Street, which is considered the “lounge of Palermo” and pass the Church of St. Lucia before arriving at Theater Massimo, the largest theater in Europe. Continue along Via Maqueda, an ancient commercial street full of churches and historic buildings, to Candelai, which is at the heart of Palermo's nightlife. See Quattro Canti, meaning "four corners," which divides the city exactly into four parts. See the beautiful church, St. Joseph of Theatine and tour the iconic Cathedral of Palermo. The Royal Palace awaits afterward, where you can visit a Jewel of Arab Norman art and also the most visited monument in Sicily: the Palatine Chapel. Throughout the tour, you will see old Arab quarters hidden among the narrow lanes of the inner city, including the community of St. Clare. Admire the nude statues in the Square of Shame and the red Arabic-style domes atop the Church of the Martorana. Shop around the historic market, Vucciria and Saint Dominic Square before lunch. Inside a 16th-century Spanish building, enjoy a rich Sicilian buffet, including panelle, sfincione, anelletti al forno, caponata and cassatelle, along with a traditional Sicilian wine and a dessert of almond biscuits and mocha espresso.

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What people are saying about Martorana

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 83 reviews

Our guide Fabrizio was friendly, knowledgeable, and didn’t rush through anything. He pointed out foods in the market that were Palermo staples. He explained all the monuments in great detail. All in all it was a great tour. I would highly recommend this tour and ask for Fabrizio.

Fabrizio is a great tour guide! We had a lot of fun and learned a lot. He told us some interesting facts and fun stories! Palermo is absolutely beautiful and getting a tour helped us understand the history of the city better, it wouldn't be the same experience without Fabrizio! :)

Fabrizio was very kind prepared and he gave us good suggestions. Highly recommend when back to Palermo Or to Suggest to Anyone who wants to have a professionist

Great day exploring Palermo with a knowledgeable guide who is also a local - what more can you ask for?

Naomi was informative and friendly. We enjoyed every min