-Palermo and Monreale tour duration : 9/10 hours.
The capital of Sicily is built along the bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino.
Palermo owes its name to the sea: it was originally called Panormus, or “port”,
in Phoenician times.
The town prospered under the Romans, but its golden age was under the Arab domination,
when it rivalled Cordoba and Cairo in beauty.
Palermo became the capital of the Norman Kingdom.
Today very little remains of the fabulous city of Bygone times,
but the middle Eastern influence can still be seen in the architecture of the churches,
the many alleys in the old town and the markets.
The other age of splendour,
which left a lasting mark on the city’s civic and religious buildings was the Baroque period.
Palermo suffered badly in the massive bombardments of 1943 and was then rebuilt chaotically.
Upon arrival into the city you will be met by your personal licensed guide and start to visit
the medieval area of Palermo where the main features are from Baroque and Arabian-Norman period.
“Piazza Pretoria” with its beautiful Renaissance fountain – the heart of the city called Quattro Canti – the magnificent Cathedral – San Cataldo church and so on.
A must is the visit of a local market where you can experience the colorful local life and taste some Sicilian street food.
We then drive outside Palermo to the village of Monreale,
driving along scenic roads overlooking the “Conca D’oro” valley.
We will visit the magnificent Duomo di Monreale and on request the “Chiostro dei Cappuccini”.
According with your guide and keeping into the 4 hours guided tour,
you can choose to visit the following sights:
Cappella Palatina – Palazzo dei Normanni – Castello della Zisa – Convento dei Cappuccini.
–The main area of Palermo is all pedestrian and your driver won’t be able to follow to that area so we will book and include a walking tour with a licensed guide for approx. 3/4 hours.
– The quotation for this tour includes: vehicle, english speaking driver and a local licensed guide for 3/4 hours guided tour (entrances fees not included).