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Palermo Cathedral: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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: NO Mafia Walking Tour

2. Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

Discover the top sights in Palermo from a unique angle on a 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 through the streets of Palermo. Explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market Il Capo, and Piazza Della Memoria (a memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the mafia). Along the Cassaro, come across places 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 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: Street Food and History Walking Tour

3. 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 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: Walking Tour of Historic Markets and Monuments

4. Palermo: Walking Tour of Historic Markets and Monuments

Explore Palermo's historic center led by a seasoned guide. Hear about the history of the capital of Sicily while admiring notable monuments such as the Teatro Massimo, the Cathedral, and the Quattro Canti, before wandering through markets for local wares and traditional street food. Start the tour by entering the Palermo Cathedral, a UNESCO-listed site dating from the early 12th century. Admire its iconic bell towers and learn about its architectural evolution through time. Then, stop by the Massimo Theater and hear about the ghostly legends surrounding it. You'll visit other must-see landmarks like the baroque Quattro Canti plaza, and the imposing Fontana Pretoria in the Piazza of the same name. Along the way, discover the myths and legends of Siciliy like the mysterious Beati Paoli sect, and the city's patron saint Santa Rosalia, or La Santuzza. Finally, walk through the Capo street market and take the opportunity to try some of Palermo's delicacies like Sicilian street food and pastries.

Palermo: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Guided Walking Tour

5. Palermo: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Guided Walking Tour

By choosing this small group tour, you will have the opportunity to admire the best attractions, with a tasty local break! This three hours small group tour will take you to the must-see spots of the city centre, crossing the Baroque and Normann-Arab style architecture, including attractions such as the Piazza Pretoria (Praetorian Square), called by the locals Square of Shame. The huge marble fountain you can admire in this square is amazing, and it is also the reason of the square's name, due to the nudity of its statues. The Praetorian Palace is located in this plaza, too, and it hosts the Town Hall, which is usually open to the public so that you may spot the mayor of Palermo. This impressive building was built in the 14th century, and it was renovated in the 19th century. Your cultural and historical experience will be enriched by admiring the Royal Palace, which now hosts the Regional Parliament of Sicily. After the Normans conquered Sicily in 1072, the palace was the main residence of the kings. In 1132, King Roger II added the magnificent Palatine Chapel, which is decorated with unique golden mosaics. When visiting Palermo, we cannot ignore its religious significance, so that they will be part of our small group itinerary, such as the Martorana Church, famous around the world for its beauty and majestic appearance. In fact, an Arabic traveller who visited the Martorana in 1184 called this Christian church "the most beautiful monument in the world", which perfectly resumes all we could have said about this site. One more unmissable stop will be the Cathedral of Palermo, a brilliant and unique example of stratification of styles, from Muslim to Normans to the Christian reconversion. If you are wondering if this culture discovering and walking will make you hungry, don’t worry…we will have another substantial stop included for our small group: a tasty Sicilian cannolo or granita, in a typical local shop.

Palermo: City Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

6. 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: Street Food Walking Tour with Local Guide & Tasting

7. Palermo: Street Food Walking Tour with Local Guide & Tasting

Explore Palermo, the capital of Sicily, famous for its vibrant culture, architecture, and street food. Sample local specialties at the market and pass by local highlights like the Teatro Massimo. Meet your guide near the Chiosco Vicari in Piazza Giuseppe Verdi to start your tour. Pass by the Teatro Massimo, Cathedral, and Quattro Canti Square on your way to the market. Visit the lively and colorful Capo market. Stroll among the stalls as you learn about the culinary traditions of Sicily. Let your senses will be overwhelmed by the colors and the flavors. Taste some local specialties from Palermo, like sfincione (dough topped with onion, bread crumbs, tomato, and oregano), crocché (potato croquettes), panelle (fried chickpea flour), arancine (rice balls stuffed with meat or butter). Afterward, try a delicious Sicilian dessert.

Palermo: Grand Tour in CruiserCar

8. Palermo: Grand Tour in CruiserCar

Crafted to match your schedule and personal interests, our flexible tour grants you the freedom to explore the city's hidden corners, iconic landmarks, and atmospheric venues. Indulge in a well-curated selection of Prosecco, beverages, and snacks, making this the perfect moment to unwind and soak in the scenic splendor. Kick off your tour at the stunning Palermo Cathedral, an architectural marvel blending Norman, Gothic, and Baroque styles. Witness the intricate craftsmanship and the serene ambiance that make this historical monument a must-visit landmark. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply in awe of natural beauty, we've got you covered. Don’t miss the chance to visit Monte Pellegrino, the mount of "Santa Rosalia". Ascend its slopes to experience unparalleled panoramic vistas of Palermo set against the Mediterranean Sea's azure backdrop. The tranquility and raw beauty from this peak make it a tranquil escape that will leave a lasting impression. Conclude your tour on a high note at Mondello, a beloved local haven renowned for its pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters. Don’t just take a tour—live an experience. With CruiserCar, you’re not just sightseeing; you’re embarking on an exclusive journey through Palermo’s multifaceted charm.

Palermo: custom tour with a local expert

9. Palermo: custom tour with a local expert

Embark on your extraordinary Palermo adventure, where a warm welcome awaits from your multilingual local expert—fluent in Italian, English, and German—ready to unveil exclusive tips that will transform your experience into a special journey! Whether opting for a rendezvous at your hotel or a central landmark, your cicerone will be a treasure trove of insights into the neighborhood's best dining spots and local highlights. Customize your journey with personalized recommendations tailored to your passions and preferences. Bid farewell to the hustle of big tourist groups and immerse yourself in the enchanting magic of Palermo as you traverse its iconic sites. Beyond absorbing its rich history, you'll gain practical knowledge, enhancing your confidence in navigating the city independently. As the tour concludes, you'll carry a treasure trove of information, ensuring your stay in Palermo is not just memorable but truly unforgettable. Get ready to create enduring memories of this captivating city that will leave you saying, "Wow!"

Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

10. 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.

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Very interesting visit of Palermo that helps understand the impact of the Mafia on the city and how people are uniting against it. Excellent guide, passionated by the topic and great at sharing her knowledge

Best tour we’ve done in Palermo. Instead of hearing dry facts, you really learn about the peoples struggles and successes. Great respect for the organization that’s fighting the mafia!

Francesco was awesome guid. His English was excellent, and he is very knowlegable, engaging and friendly. We highly recommend Him.

So much fun! Be ready to walk. The food experience in the market was amazing. Liviana was an excellent guide.

Excellent. The guide was funny and informative. A recommendation for everyone!