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Palace of the Normans, Palermo

Palace of the Normans, Palermo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palermo: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

1. 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, 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.

Palermo: Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel Tour with Tickets

2. Palermo: Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel Tour with Tickets

With more than 800 years of history, it’s perfect for culture vultures! Of all the incredible attractions in Palermo, the Palazzo dei Normanni is one that you can’t miss off your itinerary. Once the seat of the King of Sicily, it is the oldest royal residence in Europe and you can learn the history of all the dynasties who had their thrones here - as well as visiting a stunning and sublime channel. Palermo is decorated in history and there are few buildings that offer a window into the past quite as clear as the Palazzo dei Normanni. The Palazzo dei Normanni (or the Norman Palace to English speakers). Construction on the palace started in the 9th century when Sicily was under Islamic rule, though it was renovated by the Normans in 1072 when their empire spread across Europe. Now, it’s the home of the Sicilian Regional assembly. You’ll get exclusive entrance into the palace and its gardens Though not as well known as Rome’s Sistine Chapel or Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, the Cappella Palatina (or Palatine Chapel) is one of the most spectacular in all of Italy. The chapel, on the second-floor of the palace, was built in 1140 and gives an insight into the arts, science and philosophy of the dominant Western and Middle Eastern cultures at that time. See traditional Islamic designs, Byzantine mosaics, and golden decorations in one of the best examples of the Arab - Norman - Byzantine style. Not only do your tickets allow you entrance to the palace and chapel, but you can explore the gardens too with your expert guide. And as the tour is 1.5 hours long, there’s enough time for you to appreciate the stunning historic building and then spend the rest of the day wandering through Palermo’s historic centre.

Palermo: City Exploration Game and Tour

3. Palermo: City Exploration Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with a game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Palermo. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. 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.

Palermo: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

4. Palermo: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. 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. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Highlights & Hidden Gems of Palermo Private Tour

5. Highlights & Hidden Gems of Palermo Private Tour

This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Palermo with hidden gems that only a local can show you. Get to know Palermo on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, from culture, history, and local lifestyle - this tour has it all! Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Palermo at its best thanks to your local guide’s knowledge and stories. Check out main landmarks like Palazzo Reale, Teatro Massimo, Piazza Pretoria and Fontana Pretoria and uncover city secrets that will show you the city through a different perspective. As they say, the locals know best! Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

Palermo : Must-See Attractions Walking Tour

6. Palermo : Must-See Attractions Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of Palermo with a private tour led by a seasoned guide, promising a captivating exploration of the city's rich history and architectural wonders. Your journey begins at the meeting point in Via Rosolino Pilo, where you'll rendezvous with your guide in front of the hotel Mediterraneo. From there, set forth on a three-hour odyssey through Palermo's enchanting streets, delving into the mesmerizing blend of Baroque and Normann-Arabic influences that define its landscape. Begin your adventure at the majestic Piazza Pretoria, where the grandeur of the fountain takes center stage amidst the bustling square. Traverse through time as you visit the historic Praetorian Palace, a symbol of Palermo's political legacy, and behold the splendor of the Royal Palace, now home to the Regional Parliament. Marvel at the intricate mosaics and Byzantine charm of Martorana Church, before venturing to the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Palermo, a testament to the city's enduring faith and architectural prowess. Along the way, savor the flavors of Sicily with a stop at a local shop to indulge in a traditional Sicilian cannolo, adding a deliciously authentic touch to your exploration.

Palermo: Private Sovereign & People Guided Walking Tour

7. 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 & Cefalù

8. Palermo & Cefalù

This tour takes you to the discovery of the Sicilian capital: Palermo and Cefalù. Transfer by Gran Turismo bus and stop along the way. Once in Palermo, walking tour with guide to visit Churches, Byzantine buildings and ruins that the city preserves. The visit will begin passing by Palazzo dei Normanni, the Cathedral of Palermo, the Quattro Canti, the Church of the Martorana and Piazza Pretoria, the Vucciria market, via Maqueda, the Teatro Politeama and finally the Teatro Massimo. During the tour there will be free time for lunch or “Street Food”. After lunch, departure towards Cefalù. Visit of the historic center and the Norman Cathedral with the famous “Gesù Pantocratore”, illustrated in the mosaics inside. In the afternoon return to the places of origin.

Palermo: Private and Customizable City Highlights Tour

9. Palermo: Private and Customizable City Highlights Tour

Explore the ancient history and present-day culture of Palermo on this guided tour aboard an air-conditioned vehicle with plenty of room for your and your private group. Have a private driver and guide at your disposition for 4 hours and visit all the corners of this fantastic city. Meet your private driver and official tour guide at your hotel or place of choice in Palermo. Determine your own starting time with this private experience. Get to know the most emblematic sites of the city like the Baroque square of Quattro Canti and the Norman Palace. Find out how to shop like a local at the Historical Market of Palermo and admire the dome of the biggest theatre in Italy at the Teatro Massimo. See a mixture of Norman, Arab, and Byzantine influences at the “Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Martorana” church. Discover the Boroque and Gothic architecture of the Duomo (Cathedral of Palermo) and the Romanesque architecture of the San Giovanni degli Eremiti church. Have the option of tailoring your experience to your own preferences. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

Palermo: Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Palermo: Private Guided Walking Tour

A guided walking tour is the best way to get to know the wonderful city of Palermo, with its breathtaking monuments and its hidden corners, its winding alleys and the arab urban structure make it particularly suitable for walking. This private tour takes place in the historic center of the city, along Via Vittorio Emanuele, the oldest street in Palermo, admiring the most iconic points of interest such as Palazzo dei Normanni, the Cathedral, Bologni Square, Pretoria Square, Bellini Square, Square Sant'Anna , San Francesco d'Assisi Square and much more.

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The scale and beauty of the chapel and palace are near overwhelming, and have to be seen to be believed. Our guide, Simone has immense knowledge of every room, and piece of art there. His command of the religious and political history of the building, and its importance to Palermo and Sicily in general is a wellspring. Be sure to see this unique treasure if you are ever in Palermo

Salvatore was an amazing tour guide and we were so lucky to have him show us around our first few hours after arriving. His knowledge of Palermo’s history was extremely impressive and we learned a lot. He was extremely engaging and even got us some espressos and beers. Would highly recommend!!!

We were very happy. The tour was instructive and fun. Also my granddaughter had a lot of pleasure and was very pleased.

Salvatore our host was one of a kind! Knew the history of his city very well, was very polite and nice.

The tour was very informative and the guide is super knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!