Capital of Sicily, Palermo is a vibrant city which shows the typical fusion of foreign art, architecture, culture and life stlye. In the narrow streets of Palermo's old town you can admire elegant baroque and Norman monuments. Palazzo Normanni is one of them; a royal palace built by the Saracens in the 9th century, enlarged by the Normans and completed by the Spanish in the 17th century, it houses today the Sicilian Regional Parliament.
Continue to Piazza dei 4 Canti that divides the city into 4 quarters. Each corner is represented with: a season, a Patron Saint and a king of Sicily. Going North you can find the Cathedral founded in 1185 and intended to be the power base in the city. Visit the Royal tombs of the greatest kings and emperors the island has known.
Continue through the oldest area of Sicily where open air markets are held and where the best fish can be bought other than souvenirs and clothes. Drive by the imposing theathers, the 19th-century Massimo that was used for the shooting of Godfather movie and teatro Politeama in the center of the city that includes 20th century sculpures.
If time permits, visit the Convent of the Capuccini. In here 8000 bodies of monks are preserved in the basements of the monastery with different chemical drying process including dehydration, use of vinegar and arsenic baths.
Next stop will be Monreale just 20 minutes North of Palermo. Here you will visit the imposing Norman Duomo, one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of the Italian Middle Ages, famous for the interior gilded and polychrome mosaic decoration: 6400 sqm portraying scenes from the Old and New Testament. Drive to Mount Pellegrino and the shrine of St. Rosalia, and then descend to the picturesque bay of Mondello, whose numerous Liberty style villas on the seafront promenade make it one of the gems of Art Nouveau in Europe.
- Palermo's main sights
- Norman Duomo in Monreale
- The bay of Mondello
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- This tour includes a professional informative English-speaking driver. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our drivers cannot walk with you into any site but can answer any question you have from the vehicle. A Professional licensed guide, where needed, can be hired on request at an extra cost.
- Please dress respectfully when visiting religious monuments; local custom requires covering knees and shoulder.
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
- The tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestions but always covering mentioned sights.
- Keep an eye on your wallet and purses at all time. Do not wear jewelry or carry large amount of cash.
- professional informative English-speaking driver
- Private vehicle for the day
- Pick up and drop off at the port
- Guaranteed return to the pier on time
- Flexible itinerary
- Admission fees if not mentioned
- Tips to driver and guide ( please read below for more information)
Tips are never included in our quotes.
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Our English speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle, but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.
No tickets or lunch are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
No guide is included either. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
The duration of the tour is 7/9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.
Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.
In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.
Tips are never included in our quotes .We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
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