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Piazza Bellini, Palermo

Piazza Bellini, Palermo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palermo di sera: tour del centro storico

1. Palermo di sera: tour del centro storico

(Italian Only) We will meet in front of the Teatro Massimo, in the center of Palermo, to start an evening tour of the Sicilian capital. Ready to immerse yourself in a unique and timeless atmosphere? We will start by admiring the famous Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy. In front of its imposing facade, (often a set of famous films) we will talk about the history of the Florio family, promoters of the cultural and artistic transformation of Palermo during the Belle Époque as well as the construction of the theater itself. We will pass in front of the Opera dei Pupi theater, where the most famous performances of the Sicilian puppet tradition are staged. Did you know that this art has been declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco? We will head towards Piazza Olivella, where the Regional Archaeological Museum and the church of Sant'Ignazio are located, one of the most sumptuous Baroque temples in the city. Not far away is the birthplace of Santa Rosalia, proclaimed patron saint of the city by popular acclaim for having freed it from the plague. We will cross via Roma, a monumental and busy nineteenth-century street full of theaters and shops to arrive at piazza San Domenico dominated by the imposing mass of the church of the same name, the Pantheon of the city. Inside you can admire many tombs and funeral monuments of illustrious Sicilians including that of Giovanni Falcone. We will enter the Vucciria, the city's celebrated ancient market immortalized in a famous painting by Renato Guttuso. We will then head to the Quattro Canti, a scenic Baroque square, the center of the ancient city. Next to it is Piazza Pretoria with its renowned Renaissance fountain and Palazzo delle Aquile, the center of civil power in the city since '400. We will arrive in Piazza Bellini, entirely surrounded by ancient monuments including the characteristic church of San Cataldo with the three red Arab-style domes, symbol of the city and the church and monastery of Santa Caterina where typical Sicilian sweets are still produced according to the ancient recipes of the nuns. We will be able to stop for a coffee in the historic Torrefazione Stagnitta before reaching Piazza Croce dei Vespri, famous for the famous Sicilian revolution of 1200. We will admire Palazzo Ganci famous for being the famous set of the film The Leopard and Palazzo Bonnet, an imposing palace from the '300 today home to the Modern Art Gallery. We will cross a neighborhood full of young artisans' shops to conclude our evening tour in Piazza San Francesco where the majestic fourteenth-century church stands out, the oratory of San Lorenzo where the stolen Caravaggio was located and where the Antica Focacceria San Francesco has been located since point of reference of popular Palermo cuisine.

From Taormina: Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip

2. From Taormina: Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip

This excursion offers a true Sicilian travel experience, discover the most important Arab-Norman monuments such as the Martorana church, the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti, Piazza Bellini and the Piazza Pretoria. Experience the vibrant, local market il Capo, with its colorful fruit, vegetable and the fish market at the heart of the city. Palermo is Sicily's cultural, economic and touristic capital. It is a city rich in history, culture, art, music and food. See for yourself why numerous tourists are attracted to the city for its good Mediterranean weather, its renowned gastronomy and restaurants, its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and buildings. Cefalù is a city and commune in the province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore the Cathedral, started in 1131 in an Arab-Norman style architecture. Admire the exterior which is well preserved, and is largely decorated with interlacing pointed arches.

Cefalù: Palermo and Monreale Tour

3. Cefalù: Palermo and Monreale Tour

After departing from Cefalù, you will make your way to the village of Monreale. Once there you will begin by visiting its cathedral, whose interior is completely covered with marble and splendid mosaics. You will then visit the cloister of the Benedictines, which are located on the south side of the cathedral. Each side has 26 arches resting on columns, and include narrative cycles from both the Old and New Testaments. Following that, you'll continue your excursion to Palermo, where you will visit the cathedral. It was formerly a mosque in Islamic times, before being converted into a cathedral church by Roberto the Guiscardo after the conquest of Palermo. You'll then wander through the old town along the typical "Capo" market and the Quattro Canti and Pretoria squares. Free time for lunch and leisure will then follow in the famous Piazza Verdi, the square of the Massimo Theatre. In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a panoramic tour by bus for an optional visit to the Capuchin catacombs, before your tour concludes with your return to Cefalù.

Palermo: Historical Center Walking Tour with Rooftop Views

4. Palermo: Historical Center Walking Tour with Rooftop Views

Discover Palermo from above on a guided walking tour. Take in the city's top attractions, including picturesque piazzas, grand churches, and Palermo Cathedral. Explore the rooftops to see the city from up high. Learn about Palermo's history and the Sicilian tradition of baking in convents. Meet your guide at the entrance to Piazza San Domenico, before heading along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, where you can admire many architectural gems, including the impressive Palermo Cathedral with its mix of styles. Then, head to Piazza Bellini and the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Marvel at its Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo features. Discover this former convent's baking roots in the Dolceria, a project aimed at rediscovering the ancient Sicilian tradition of baking in convents. Next, get a whole new perspective on Palermo by climbing up to the roof of the convent of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, where you can admire breathtaking city views. Take in the beauty of the dome of the Baroque Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore church and the Cathedral from up high. Finally, visit the enchanting Piazza Pretoria, also known as the square of shame, in the middle of the historical center of Palermo. Admire its majestic marble fountain featuring sixteen nude statues of nymphs, humans, mermaids, and satyrs. Then, finish your tour back at the meeting point.

Embrace the Majesty of Palermo: Sky Walk Experience

5. Embrace the Majesty of Palermo: Sky Walk Experience

Immerse yourself in Palermo's captivating tapestry of history and architecture on an enchanting tour that seamlessly blends a Palermo Cathedral exploration with a charming stroll through the city's most iconic sites. Embark on your adventure at Palermo Cathedral, a masterpiece of Norman design that stands as a timeless testament to the city's cultural and spiritual legacy. Guided by an expert, you'll venture both inside and out, delving into an atmosphere brimming with sacred significance and historical resonance. Marvel at the soaring vaulted ceilings that seem to touch the heavens, and the walls adorned with intricate marble and ornate inlays. Admire frescoes that narrate tales of faith and devotion, unveiling the artistic and spiritual heritage woven into every corner of this grand edifice. Next, venture to Piazza Bellini, home to the splendid Martorana and San Cataldo churches—architectural marvels to be admired from the exterior. As you step into the vibrant ambiance of Piazza Pretoria, famed for its "Shame Square" fountain due to its audacious statues, the experience will leave you spellbound. The journey carries on to Quattro Canti, Palermo's adorned symbolic crossroads. Just before the adventure continues to the Santa Caterina church, indulge in a sweet interlude, sampling one of Sicily's cherished delicacies—choose between a fresh pastry or a tantalizing cannolo. The pinnacle of our expedition awaits at the Church and Monastery of Santa Caterina D'Alessandria. This hidden gem nestled in the city's heart emanates beauty and spirituality, awaiting your discovery. Step into a haven of serenity and devotion, where Gothic arches and cross vaults rise with majestic grace. Within, intricate frescoes and embellishments recount stories of faith and virtue. Altars and side chapels adorned with sculptures and artworks captivate the eye and ignite the imagination. Culminate your journey with an ascent to the monastery's terraces, granting the finest panoramic view of the city. Behold Palermo's splendor unfold before you, embracing the fusion of sacredness and urban vitality. Capture souvenir photos from this vantage point, destined to amaze loved ones upon your return. Join us in an unforgettable odyssey through Palermo's cultural and architectural richness. Together, we'll unearth the city's hidden treasures, crafting enduring memories amidst its allure.

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

6. 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 Guided Walking Tour

7. 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.

Palermo: Private Baroque and Aristocracy Guided Walking Tour

8. Palermo: Private Baroque and Aristocracy Guided Walking Tour

From the Baroque heart of the I Quattro Canti you will travel the ancient axis of the city to reach and visit the Palazzo Alliata di Villafranca, one of the richest residences of the Palermitan aristocracy, which among its admirably restored halls preserves a beautiful Crucified Christ by Van Dick. Then on the way to the famous fountain Pretoria or “della Vergogna”, which will be the scene of popular stories. In piazza Bellini you will admire the domes of San Cataldo from the XII century. from the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. A particularly interesting visit will follow, the Church of Santa Caterina recently returned to the city but for centuries reserved only for young cloistered nuns, girls of the highest aristocracy who foreclosed lived among altars made with lapis lazuli and precious stones in contrast with the Baroque and the Spanish society of Palermo. You will then walk the alleys of the Guilds of craftsmen and judges that accompanied the “Inquisiti” to Death. You will be introduced to the stories of “the Leopard” admiring from the outside the terrace of the Gangi palace, location of the famous Visconti film, to reach the square decorated by the splendid Gothic rose window of the church of San Francesco d’Assisi. From there you will discover the richest and darkest centuries of Spanish Sicily, reaching Piazza Marina to admire a centuries-old ficus magnolioides of the Garibaldi Garden, once a place reserved for the Condemnations and Tortures of the Holy Inquisition. Here will end the walk between traditional ice cream and cannoli in the district of the old port La Cala.

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What people are saying about Piazza Bellini, Palermo

A long trip covering over 600km in 13 hours, but an excellent way to visit Palermo from Taormina. The legroom on the coach was a little cramped but comfortable seats. The tour in Palermo was split into 2 groups, English speaking and German/Italian, which worked well as each group was a reasonable size. The only disappointment was not being able to go inside the cathedral as there was a memorial mass in progress. A thoroughly enjoyable day and very well organised.

Visiting the Cathedral and Santa Caterina Monastery was really amazing. Our guide knew a lot about the Cathedral and explained its beautiful architecture, which made it even more special. The best part of the tour was definitely trying the delicious sweets with recipes that have been passed down for ages by nuns. I think everyone who visits Palermo should do this tour; it's totally worth it!

We did the tour with Maurizio. A truly prepared, serious and very empathetic person. Which as far as I'm concerned is a very important thing, almost fundamental for the success of things done with unknown people. CONGRATULATIONS MAURIZIO!! See you soon, Antonio & Rita.

The guide Maurizio was impeccable. Very knowledgeable, passionate and helpful. I advise.

Excellent experience, also thanks to Maurizio, excellent guide!!!