Cassaro, Palermo

Cassaro, Palermo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palermo: Uncover the History of the Mafia on a Guided Walk

1. Palermo: Uncover the History of the Mafia on a Guided Walk

Discover the top sights in Palermo's historic center on a guided walking tour. Learn about the history and everyday realities of the influence of the Mafia, as well as the civic movement against Mafioso power as you explore the city. Meet your guide and begin your mafia-themed adventure through the streets of Palermo. See notable sites like Teatro Massimo, the open-air market Il Capo, and Piazza Della Memoria, which serves as a memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the mafia. Along the Cassaro, see shops and businesses with orange stickers on their windows, representing owners that have said no to paying the extortion racket and have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign titled pago chi non paga (I pay who does not pay).  After strolling by sights like Piazza Beati Paoli, Palermo Cathedral, and the city hall, finish the tour in the heart of Palermo's old town center. Get tips from your guide on how to continue your visit and where to taste the best Sicilian specialties.

Palermo: Experience Local History & Flavor on a Foodie Tour

2. Palermo: Experience Local History & Flavor on a Foodie 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 Opera dei Pupi (traditional puppet theater), 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: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

3. 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: family tour a fun treasure hunt to explore the town

4. Palermo: family tour a fun treasure hunt to explore the town

A journey through time and the city’s history, going back thousands of years: from the ancient past to the present day! As you solve the riddles and look out for the characters, the itinerary will lead you to the city’s most important landmarks, like the cathedral and Piazza Pretoria. Itinerary: - Cathedral, the main church of Palermo, exemple of eclitism; the Cassaro, the main and oldest street. Four Corners, the baroque centre; Fontana della Vergogna, a strange name for an amazin fountain; Piazza Bellini, a three thousand years old square; Piazza Rivoluzione and the Genie of Palermo.

Palermo: Private Sovereign & People Guided Walking Tour

5. Palermo: Private Sovereign & People Guided Walking Tour

Meetup with the guide at the Teatro Massimo to admire the imposing structure of the largest Opera House in Italy. Within walking distance you will enter the heart of the historical “U Capu” Market where history, tradition and street food mingle with the voices and faces of the people of Palermo. There is hidden a baroque jewel just restored, the church of the Immaculate Conception. Through alleys and ancient buildings you will reach the Norman cathedral where there are the remains of Frederick II of Swabia and the silver “Vara” of Santa Rosalia. Between the gardens of the Villa Bonanno and the ancient Roman ruins of Paleopolis you will be at the Royal Palace or the Normans that preserves 3000 years of our history and the splendid mosaics of the Palatine Chapel in which Arabs, Byzantines and Normans shared knowledge, esoteric secrets, life and traditions in great state of tolerance. Along the ancient fortifications you will photograph San Giovanni degli Eremiti, an evocative Arab-Norman architecture with its particular domes. Discovering the Middle Ages, Spanish facades and courtyards of the historic residences you will walk along the “Cassaro” to conclude the tour to Quattro Canti or the Teatro del Sole, an elegant baroque building.

Palermo: Exclusive Private Walking Tour by Palermo Wonders

6. Palermo: Exclusive Private Walking Tour by Palermo Wonders

Explore the heart of Palermo with a private walking tour. Discover the city's history, arts, beauty, and everyday life. Customize your itinerary according to your preferences and choose what to visit. Meet your guide and set off on a walking tour of the city center. Visit the most important monuments and find places you wouldn’t reach on your own. Discover the mix of influences from all over the world which make Palermo today a unique place. See the Market Capo, the Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and the Cappella Palatina. Opt to include entrance tickets to the sites.

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Joining Fabrizio's tour in Palermo was an absolute delight! His warmth and friendliness set the tone for a fantastic experience, and the easy-to-find meeting point and small group size added to the intimate charm. The highlight was undoubtedly the street food tastings, offering a culinary adventure from classic pizza and arancini to exotic cow meats, freshly squeezed juices, and potato croquettes. Fabrizio's knowledge enriched the tour, making it both enjoyable and educational. Exploring Palermo with Fabrizio was a blast! His contagious enthusiasm and visits to iconic landmarks like the Capo market, Cathedral of Palermo, and Quattro Canti made the experience unforgettable. Thoughtful touches like the complimentary drink and option for cruise passengers made logistics seamless. As someone who typically avoids tourist activities, I highly recommend Fabrizio's tour for a fun and enriching way to experience Palermo – whether you're a foodie, history buff, or seeking an authentic adventure

An absolute must-do activity for everyone visiting Palermo. The tour was great and Attilio a fantastic guide. We learned a lot during these 3 hours - highly recommended!

An absolute must in Palermo. The guide explained the past and present of the Mafia in Sicily to us in a very understandable way. We learned a lot from it. Simply great!

our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. gave good history of palermo. good background on food and the city.

Very informative tour and a good introduction to Palermo street food.