Venture deep into the back alleys of Palermo on a guided walking tour. Hear stories of ghosts, fairies and infamous crooks. Learn about a medieval sect, the patron saint of Palermo and more. Try some authentic Zibibbo wine in an old tavern.
What to Expect
Start your Palermo tour by walking through the old city gate of Porta Carini. It's here that the stories begin, complete with a cast of colorful characters. Experience the lively atmosphere of the market, where the fishmongers shout, the locals shop and crowds snack from trays of colorful Italian produce. Mingle with the crowd as you discover the secrets of the market and learn how to recognize what’s fresh and what’s not.
Then meet your first character of the tour: “Pupa ru Capo.” This beautiful woman lives in a mosaic on an old bakery wall. It’s said that Saint Rita sometimes appears here as a ghost. Continue to Piazza Beati Paoli and hear the story of a medieval secret sect that’s been compared to the modern-day Mafia. Next, go to Cathedral Square where one of the city’s most important characters is commemorated. Hear the story of Santa Rosalia (the patron saint of Palermo), who is said to have retreated to a cave atop a nearby mountain. She ignored worldly possessions and the advances of a less-than-ideal suitor and devoted herself to God until the day she died.
Every good story is best served with a drink, so you will go to an old taverna in Ballarò Street Market. Taste some of the sweet dry Zibibbo wine that originated in Sicily. Hear the story of the Duke Cagliostro, an 18th-century Palermitan man who was renowned across Europe for tricking the most influential royal families with his alleged magical powers.
End with a walk through the "fairies’ square," where men used to disappear at night and mysteriously re-appear at home a day later! Bid a fond "ciao" at Piazza Bologni, one of the main squares of Palermo city center. From here, you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring on your own.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Glass of wine
- Entrance ticket to the Church Of The Immaculate Conception
What's Not Included
- Additional food and drink
- Entrance tickets to monuments (except the Church Of The Immaculate Conception)
Know Before You Go
• Please wear comfortable shoes for walking. It is also recommended you bring a hat in the summer months
• Despite its rough tales of the past, Palermo is a safe city, but please take precautions as you would anywhere else in the world (e.g. don't walk around the alleys wearing flashy jewelry and keep your wallet in your front pocket)
• This is a child-friendly tour. Children aged 6 to 11 inclusive are permitted on the tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join the tour free of charge. Please inform the supplier at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page