Piazza Pretoria, Italy

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Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

1. Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

Explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market "Il Capo", Piazza Della Memoria (Memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the Mafia), Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the City Hall, and Piazza Magione. Every stop will be a pause for reflection, a chance to mull over the realities of the Mafia and consider the civic movement against Mafioso power. Along the tour, you will meet shopkeepers who have said NO to paying the Pizzo, who have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign ‘Pago chi non Paga’ (I pay who does not pay). This campaign is promoted by Addiopizzo to support those that have decided to rebel against the Mafia. End the tour at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, one of the oldest restaurants in Palermo, famous for its ‘Cibo da Strada Palermitano’ (street food of Palermo). Learn about how the owners had the courage to speak out against extortion. Lunch is not included but if you decide to stay you can taste some specialties like, "pane con la Milza" (sandwich stuffed with beef spleen and ricotta cheese), "Arancine" (rice balls), "Panelle" (chickpea fritters), "Anelletti al Forno" (baked ring-shaped pasta), "Involtini di Melanzane" (eggplant rolls), "Sarde a Beccafico" (sardine rolls) and the famous Cannoli.

Palermo: Historical Center Walking Tour with Rooftop Views

2. Palermo: Historical Center Walking Tour with Rooftop Views

Discover Palermo from above on a guided walking tour. Take in the city's top attractions, including picturesque piazzas, grand churches, and Palermo Cathedral. Explore the rooftops to see the city from up high. Learn about Palermo's history and the Sicilian tradition of baking in convents. Meet your guide at the entrance to Teatro Massimo, the biggest opera house in Italy. Take in the beautiful Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, before heading along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, where you can admire many architectural gems, including the impressive Palermo Cathedral with its mix of styles. Then, head to Piazza Bellini and the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Marvel at its Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo features. Discover this former convent's baking roots in the Dolceria, a project aimed at rediscovering the ancient Sicilian tradition of baking in convents. Next, get a whole new perspective on Palermo by climbing up to the roof of the convent of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, where you can admire breathtaking city views. Take in the beauty of the dome of the Baroque Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore church and the Cathedral from up high. Finally, visit the enchanting Piazza Pretoria, also known as the square of shame, in the middle of the historical center of Palermo. Admire its majestic marble fountain featuring sixteen nude statues of nymphs, humans, mermaids, and satyrs. Then, finish your tour back at the meeting point.

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What people are saying about Piazza Pretoria, Italy

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Great experience it’s always good to be better informed about the place your visiting and a bonus when your guide has a wealth of knowledge that is informative, balanced and engaging. For me something I will not forget in a hurry and it was a pleasure to be well informed by someone who has been living through recent changes and was willing to share her experiences about a topic that is still a very real problem in her home town In her own words there is a long way to go but there is hope through education, changing the population mind set to help eradicate extortion in the future.

I always try to travel ethically and was delighted to find this tour. I learned a lot about local history and culture that is extremely important in Palermo and I’m not sure how else I would have been to encounter it otherwise. I really appreciated being able to see Palermo through new eyes and encourage everyone to get to know the city with AddioPizzo.

We very much enjoyed our walking tour around central Palermo about how the anti Mafia movement started and why . Our guide was extremely knowledgable and passionate.

Excellent walk to discover all that I was unable to do alone. Beauty is at home in this city and if accompanied by a good guide, it becomes even more beautiful

Interesting, informative and a little bit different from the standard tour.