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Palermo: Street Food and History Walking Tour

1. Palermo: Street Food and History Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour through the center of Palermo and feel like you are visiting an open-air museum. Marvel at a range of different architectural styles and see the Capo street markets that are a true mix of culture, customs, and food traditions. Taste five local food specialties and a drink to wash them down tastefully. Blend a historical and foodie walking tour into one. See and learn about historical landmarks, including Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti, and the Pretoria fountain en route. Walk through the bustling Capo Street Market, offering a wide selection of local meats, seafood, produce & Sicilian bites. Then, taste some local specialties from Palermo. Tuck into some sfincione (dough topped with onion, bread crumbs, tomato, and oregano), panelle (fried chickpea flour), crocché (potato croquettes), arancine (rice croquettes stuffed with meat or butter), and cannolo (crunchy shell with sweet-cheese). Refresh yourself with a drink, to close off your tour in style.

Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

2. Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

Discover the top sights in Palermo from a unique angle on this guided walking tour. Every stop is a chance to pause for reflection on the realities of the Mafia and consider the civic movement against Mafioso power. Meet your guide and begin your mafia-themed adventure thorugh the streets of Palermo. Explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market "Il Capo", Piazza Della Memoria (Memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the Mafia). Stroll by sights like Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the City Hall, and Piazza Magione. Meet shopkeepers who avoided paying the Pizzo and who have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign ‘Pago chi non Paga’ (I pay who does not pay).  Learn about how 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 tasty street food. Find out 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). Have the option to purchase some "Panelle" (chickpea fritters), "Anelletti al Forno" (baked ring-shaped pasta), "Involtini di Melanzane" (eggplant rolls), "Sarde a Beccafico" (sardine rolls) and or some famous Cannoli.

Palermo: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

3. Palermo: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

Discover Palermo, the chief town of Sicily, on an open-top, hop-on hop-off bus tour! Start from the terminal outside the Politeama Theater, cruise past the Massimo Theatre, and continue towards Piazza Quattro Canti and the nearby Vucciria Market. The tour continues towards the botanical gardens, passing near Palazzo Steri. After a quick glance of the central station, you'll find yourself in the vicinity of the Royal Palace, the Flea Market, and the Cathedral. Then return to the terminal along the ancient via Roma. The second route takes you to the beautiful villas of Palermo. Starting from the terminal outside the Politeama Theatre, admire the gorgeous English Garden and then continue towards Villa Malfitano and the wonderful Zisa Castle. The tour passes near the Mercato del Capo and the Massimo Theatre, towards the port, and then returns to the terminal in Politeama Square.

Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

4. 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, crocché, sfincione and arancina 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: Art and Architecture Walking Tour

5. Palermo: Art and Architecture Walking Tour

Discover the historical monuments of Palermo on a small group half-day tour, and learn the fascinating history of the city, from its birth under the Phoenicians through the Roman Republic and the Byzantine Empire to the modern day. Wander the winding streets of the Politeama sestiere (district) to see iconic buildings such as the Teatro Politeama and Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe. Learn about the Arab-Norman era and religious rites at sites such as the 12th-century Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) in the Palazzo Reale. Look in wonder at the splendid façade of Palermo Cathedral, characterized by different architectural styles, from the Gothic through the early Renaissance and Baroque. Learn more about the hidden treasures of the historical center and hear amazing stories that take you on a journey through time.

Palermo: Vintage Fiat 500 Sightseeing Tour

6. Palermo: Vintage Fiat 500 Sightseeing Tour

Explore the sights of Palermo in style on this guided tour in a vintage Fiat 500. Learn more about the vehicle, then set out to see historic sights, local markets, beaches, and characteristic neighborhoods. Drive along the coast and make stops to explore on foot. After meeting your guide for the day, work together to plan a customized tour. Before starting, learn all the technical specifications of the car you'll be riding in. After you've gotten to know the Fiat 500, hop in and start your adventure around Palermo. Drive around the historical museum of the city. See Quattro Canti, the cathedral, and Teatro Massimo. Take a walk inside the three historical markets (Ballarò, Vucciria, and Capo). Continue the tour around the coast by the old port of La Cala to the beach of Mondello. Alternatively, you can choose to visit the Norman Cathedral of Monreale (entry tickets not included). During the tour, choose to stop to taste some of Palermo's famous street food or buy a souvenir handmade in Palermo (costs not included). Immerse yourself in all the sounds, colors, and different neighborhoods of the city, giving you an authentic adventure with locals. Enrich your day around Palermo by adding on extra experiences. Choose to add a sunset boat aperitivo experience or see the city from the sky on an old piper flight.

Palermo: Historical Center Walking Tour with Rooftop Views

7. 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 Piazza San Domenico, 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.

Private 3-Hour Walking Tour of Palermo

8. Private 3-Hour Walking Tour of Palermo

Palermo is known as the city of delights. Experience its beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens on your own private walking tour. During its history, this city has played host to a number of different cultures. Palermo is Sicily’s touristic and economic capital, with beautiful weather all year round and a fantastic gastronomic industry. Delight your senses with a walking tour at the center of Sicily! The tour begins with a hotel pick up.   During this private walking tour you will get to know the most emblematic sites of Palermo. Among some of the tour highlights are: Quattro Canti Historical Market of Palermo Teatro Massimo Church “Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Martorana” Norman Palace Duomo (Cathedral of Palermo) San Giovanni degli Eremiti Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Martorana This private tour has a duration of 3 hours from the moment of pick up to the moment of drop off.

Palermo: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

9. Palermo: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Palermo at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Palermo most important attractions on foot. In the history-filled city of Palermo you will first visit the beautiful Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel. Then the unique Norman Palace and then the irreplaceable Cattedrale di Palermo. This wonderful route continues to the Chiesa del Gesù. As a fifth stop you will find the Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Piazza Pretoria. Of course, the Quattro Canti could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the Church of Saint Domenico. The penultimate destination is the enviable Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Massimo Theater.

Palatine Chapel: Private Walking Tour & Sicilian Lunch

10. Palatine Chapel: Private Walking Tour & Sicilian 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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This was an incredible experience. Our guide, Deborah, is a local to Palermo and so knowledgeable of her city. My mother and I were lucky to be on a private tour, and she met us even though it was a rainy day. She showed us so many great areas, churches, palaces, and bakeries around Palermo and told us lore of the Testa di Moro and origins of marzipan. Any questions we had Deborah had deep knowledge about and was an absolute joy to be with - it felt like hanging out strolling the city with a family friend - she is wonderful. We then went to Chef Patrizia's home for lunch that her cooking class (4 people) had prepared. It was truly mouthwatering and her home is gorgeous. I couldn't believe we were invited into someone's living room for the meal - she was so hospitable, kind, and fun, and she will soon be offering cooking classes in the countryside. I bought her cookbook and can't wait to go back to Palermo.

We really enjoyed the Hop on bus trip. The red line is more interesting than the blue line. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the drivers are fantastic in the traffic!! Palermo is a lovely city full of history. Easy to exchange the voucher for the ticket on board the bus.

We loved our time with Fabrizio! He was so funny, kind, and knowledgeable, and we learned so much. It’s clear that Fabrizio has a great relationship with the local merchants and that he truly loves his city! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

Really enjoyable way to see parts of Palermo and understand some of its history and challenges. Informative and spectacular.

We absolutely loved our guide and the many things we were able to see in a short half-day.