Monreale, Dome

Monreale & Palermo: Private Full-Day Shore Excursion

From £310 Per group up to 3

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Key Details
Duration
8 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
English

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What You'll Do
  • Marvel at the Dome’s gold mosaics depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments
  • Explore the fascinating Capuchin Catacombs, with 8,000 mummies lining the walls
  • Discover Palermo, Sicily’s vibrant capital city
Overview
Discover the gold mosaics of the Dome in Monreale, explore the open-air markets of Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, and its Capuchins Catacombs and spectacular Pretoria Square. Experience all this and more on a private full-day shore excursion!
What to Expect
Your driver/escort will meet you at the Palermo port and drive you to Monreale to see the Dome, a stunning example of Arab-Norman art and architecture. Built in the late 12th century by William II, the Dome features golden mosaics that represent scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

A short drive will take you back to Palermo to explore the fascinating Capuchin Catacombs. In the 16th century, the catacombs outgrew the original cemetery and monks began to excavate the crypts below. Bodies were then placed on racks of ceramic pipes in the catacombs to dehydrate. There are around 8,000 mummified bodies that line the wall of the catacombs.

You’ll continue on to the lively Capo Market, a large open-air street market that captures the flavor of Palermo's Saracen Arab past. You’ll see a jumble of vendors' stalls along the way toward the old gate, or Porta Carini, of what used to be the city wall.

In the afternoon you’ll visit Piazza Pretoria and Via Maqueda. Note the quartet of baroque palaces left over from the heyday of Spanish rule dating from 1560.

Please note that the tour price does not include admission fees of around EUR 10 per entrance.
What's Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/escort
  • Visits as per description
  • VAT
What's Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Gratuities
  • Licensed tourist guide
  • Meals and beverages
Meeting Point

You will be greeted at the Palermo port by our driver/escort, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Driver/Escort Information:
We have customized this excursion using a driver/escort. A driver/escort is a chauffeur that specializes in driving you around our amazing island. He is able to provide basic historical information, and he can show you the main highlights. He is knowledgeable about the areas you will visit. The driver/escort will provide adequate time for you at all stops, accommodate special requests when feasible, and do everything possible to make sure that your experience in Sicily is both memorable and enjoyable.

The driver/escort is not a licensed tourist guide. Licensed tourist guides are the only professionals permitted to conduct tours at the sites and museums within a city. He cannot escort you inside the monuments as this is against Italian regulations. If you need a licensed local guide you must pay an additional fee and we will arrange for the licensed guide to meet you at the site.

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Tour of Sicily by Tradizione Turismo

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