Sicily (Palermo), Italy

Palermo is a cultural feast, a fascinating combination of East and West, Arab and Norman that is quite unlike any other European city on the Mediterranean. A simple stroll can serve to illustrate Palermo's rich heritage. The Quattro Canti is the great square at the heart of the city. A short walk past its 17th-century palazzos and fountains brings the traveler to the Palazzo dei Normanni. Begun by Arab emirs in the 9th century, the Palazzo was finished by the island's Norman conquerors. The Palazzo's stone arches and buttresses stand in stark contrast to its Palatine Chapel. There elaborate tile work and mosaics lend mute testimonies to the Islamic and Byzantine influences that a lso shaped Palermo's culture. The city abounds in such colorful sights, from the neo-classical Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe, to the catacombs beneath the Capuchin convent, where thousands of mummified bodies lie in eternal rest.

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Points of Interest

  • Erice
  • Ruins of Segesta
  • Cathedral of Palermo
  • Duomo di Monreale
  • Capuchin Catacombs
  • Palazzo dei Normanni
  • Teatro Massimo
  • L'Antica Masseria

More about Sicily (Palermo), Italy Points of Interest

  • Erice

    This centuries-old town looks out over the Aegadian Islands and features labyrinthine streets, a Norman castle, the 14th-century Mother Church, and a museum full of ancient artifacts.

  • Ruins of Segesta

    Reminiscent of the Acropolis, the Greek ruins at Segesta include a well-preserved Doric temple with 36 columns and a great amphitheater that opens to the pastoral Sicilian landscape.

  • Cathedral of Palermo

    An amalgamation of different architectural styles, this incredible cathedral complex features intricate design on its facade, and includes royal tombs, a crypt, a treasury and a chapel.

  • Duomo di Monreale

    This 12th-century cathedral was designed to the very finest detail, with intricate mosaics covering the walls, ceiling and floor, Romanesque bronze doors, and a well-preserved Byzantine cloister.

  • Capuchin Catacombs

    Not for the faint of heart, this macabre tourist attraction was once a sought-after destination for the deceased, and today contains the mummified remains of some 8,000 men, women and children.

  • Palazzo dei Normanni

    Home of the Sicilian parliament, this structure once served the Kings of Sicily and contains a richly-mosaicked chapel, a large collection of Islamic paintings and centuries-old Royal Apartments.

  • Teatro Massimo

    Completed in 1897, this famed neoclassical opera house is the largest in all of Italy, seating audiences of up to 1,350. It also served as the setting for the final scenes of Godfather Part III.

  • L'Antica Masseria

    Nestled in the pastoral Sicilian countryside, surrounded by rolling green hills, this elegant hotel features a family chapel, cobblestone paths and a fine restaurant. It often plays host to weddings.

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Easy Palermo Orientation & Monreale

4 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 2 9 1

Take in the highlights of Palermo on a narrated panoramic tour that gives insight into the city's architectural diversity and ancient landmarks. Fill your camera with images of stately palaces, glorious churches, and spectacular monuments. Visit the 12th-century Cathedral of Monreale and marvel at its interior splendor and golden mosaics.

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Easy Norman Palermo

4 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 2 9 2
  • Palazzo dei Normanni

Delve into Palermo's Norman history by studying the art and architecture of two of the capital city's most significant landmarks. A comprehensive city tour takes you to Palermo Cathedral with its patchwork of design styles and The Palatine Chapel, the royal cathedral for the Norman Kings of Sicily.

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Palermo's Gardens

4 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 3 8 5

Celebrate the beauty and grandeur of Palermo's formal and botanical gardens on this exquisite half-day tour that takes you to Villa Malfitano, a spectacular palace with lush grounds showcasing exotic blooms and trees, and to the renowned Palermo Botanical Garden, one of the region's oldest and most important plant research facilities.

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Easy Palermo- City Drive

3 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 2 9 0
  • Palazzo dei Normanni
  • Palazzo dei Normanni
  • Teatro Massimo

Orient yourself to the wonders of Palermo with this leisurely tour that requires little walking. Relax during a narrated drive to see the historic old city, majestic palaces, breathtaking monuments, a medieval gate and Italy's largest opera house. Enjoy free time to shop at the city's most popular beach resort.

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Beautiful Segesta

5 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 4 0 0
  • Ruins of Segesta

The Greek site of Segesta might take visitors to Italy by surprise. Situated on top of Mt. Barbaro, this historic town is an active archaeological site, with new finds still being discovered. See a Doric temple from the 5th century B.C. and a well-preserved circular theater, both excellent examples of Greek design.

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The Medieval Village of Erice

6 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 4 0 5
  • Erice

An unforgettable medieval town 2,500 feet above sea level, Erice impresses with its hilltop location, historic churches, dramatic castles, English-style gardens and sweeping views of Trapani and the sea. Discover it all on a pedestrian tour and reward your efforts with a stop at one of Sicily's most famous pasticceria.

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Walking Tour of Cefalu

4.5 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 3 8 0

An up close and personal, guided walking tour is the perfect way to truly explore the medieval seaside city of Cefalu. Visit a 12th-century cathedral. Marvel at a medieval bathhouse and a 14th-century mansion.

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Cathedral of Palermo & Duomo di Monreale

4 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 2 0 5
  • Cathedral of Palermo
  • Duomo di Monreale

View the remarkable amalgam of Arabic and Norman influences on Palermo with this narrated tour. Drive through the city's historic district. Visit Cathedral of Palermo which has alternately been a pagan temple, a mosque and a Christian church. Tour Duomo di Monreale, considered the finest Norman building in Sicily.

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Capuchin Catacombs & Mysteries

3.5 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 2 1 0
  • Capuchin Catacombs

The beauty and dark drama of Palermo's history are revealed during this half-day, guided excursion. View architectural highlights. Then descend into the famous Catacombs of the Capuchin Friars – home to 8,000 mummified bodies. Then proceed to the Oratories of Santa Cita and San Domenico, boasting magnificent stuccoes that depict the Mysteries of the Rosary.

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Cathedral of Palermo & Palazzo Conte Federico

4 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 4 1 0
  • Cathedral of Palermo

Discover Palermo's noble past on a half-day tour that showcases two of its most beloved historic sights-the Cathedral of Palermo, a 12th-century cathedral with patchwork architecture reflecting its cultural evolution, and the Palazzo Conte Federico, for a personal look at the life of royalty in one of the city's oldest buildings.

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巴勒莫大教堂和蒙雷阿莱大教堂之旅(普通话导游) / 巴勒莫大教堂和蒙雷阿萊主教堂(中文導遊)

4 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 9 9 0
  • Cathedral of Palermo
  • Duomo di Monreale

View the remarkable amalgam of Arabic and Norman influences on Palermo with this narrated tour. Drive through the city's historic district. Visit Cathedral of Palermo which has alternately been a pagan temple, a mosque and a Christian church. Tour Duomo di Monreale, considered the finest Norman building in Sicily.

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パレルモ大聖堂とモンレアーレ大聖堂(日本語ガイド付き)

4 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 9 9 3
  • Cathedral of Palermo
  • Duomo di Monreale

View the remarkable amalgam of Arabic and Norman influences on Palermo with this narrated tour. Drive through the city's historic district. Visit Cathedral of Palermo which has alternately been a pagan temple, a mosque and a Christian church. Tour Duomo di Monreale, considered the finest Norman building in Sicily.

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Local Connections: Cooking Demonstration at L'Antica Masseria - Meet Baronessa di Salvo

6.25 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 3 1 5
  • Teatro Massimo
  • L'Antica Masseria

Experience Sicily's traditional cuisine during this excursion to L'Antica Masseria, an 18th century farmhouse for a cooking lesson conducted by the Local Chef of the House Tour the estate, participate in demonstrations and enjoy a delicious lunch featuring the prepared dishes. See highlights of Palermo's historic old city during a narrated drive.

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Best of Erice & The Ruins of Segesta

8 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 1 0 0
  • Erice
  • Ruins of Segesta

Sicily's rich history unfolds before you during this full-day, active excursion. Take a guided walking tour of Erice, a hilltop Norman fortified village. Explore the Greek-style ruins of Segesta, a city founded in the 5th century B.C. Enjoy lunch and free time to shop and explore on your own.

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The Best of Temple Valley Wonders

9.5 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 1 5 0

Journey to one of Sicily's most acclaimed historic attractions, the Valley of Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that showcases some of the most significant Greek archaeological and architectural monuments in the world. A two-hour guided walk takes in the remains of several different temples built between 510 B.C. and 430 B.C.

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The Best of Temple Valley Wonders (Small Group)

9.5 hours | Sicily (Palermo) | P M O - 9 9 9

A small-group experience allows for an authentic and immersive experience at one of Sicily's most acclaimed historic attractions, the Valley of the Temples. Journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site that showcases some of the most significant Greek archaeological and architectural monuments in the world and walk extensively among several different temples.

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