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Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

1. Palermo: NO Mafia Walking Tour

Discover the top sights in Palermo from a unique angle on this guided walking tour. Every stop is a chance to pause for reflection on the realities of the Mafia and consider the civic movement against Mafioso power. Meet your guide and begin your mafia-themed adventure thorugh the streets of Palermo. Explore Teatro Massimo, the open-air market "Il Capo", Piazza Della Memoria (Memorial dedicated to prosecutors and judges killed by the Mafia). Stroll by sights like Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the City Hall, and Piazza Magione. Meet shopkeepers who avoided paying the Pizzo and who have subscribed to the ethical consumer campaign ‘Pago chi non Paga’ (I pay who does not pay).  Learn about how this campaign is promoted by Addiopizzo to support those that have decided to rebel against the Mafia. End the tour at Antica Focacceria San Francesco, one of the oldest restaurants in Palermo, famous for its tasty street food. Find out how the owners had the courage to speak out against extortion. Lunch is not included but if you decide to stay you can taste some specialties like, "pane con la Milza" (sandwich stuffed with beef spleen and ricotta cheese), "Arancine" (rice balls). Have the option to purchase some "Panelle" (chickpea fritters), "Anelletti al Forno" (baked ring-shaped pasta), "Involtini di Melanzane" (eggplant rolls), "Sarde a Beccafico" (sardine rolls) and or some famous Cannoli.

Palermo: Small Group Night Street Food Tour

2. Palermo: Small Group Night Street Food Tour

Meet your local guide at the main opera house and get to know the other travelers. You'll then walk through the streets before having a welcome toast. Enjoy a glass of fresh Sicilian wine and some interesting bites that you won't normally find in touristy places. On this tour, you'll get to know the real Palermo, its food, its people, and its secrets. Learn about the Sicilian lifestyle as you stroll towards the old port of Palermo. Stop at street food stalls in the heart of Vucciria and sample the best bites selected by your guide. You will get to try the famous spleen sandwich and hear some interesting facts about its origins. The small group allows for easy interaction with your guide and the rest of the group. Your guide will then show you hidden spots and discuss several topics during the walk, from history to art to social issues. Feel free to ask your guide whatever you want. The walk ends at the old port of Palermo for one last sweet treat, a Brioche with ice cream. This will the memorable end to the tour and your last chance to get some tips to help you enjoy the rest of your stay as much as possible.

Palermo: Street Food and Local Market Tasting Tour

3. Palermo: Street Food and Local Market Tasting Tour

Explore the main markets and backstreets of Palermo city center with a local food expert. Escape the usual tourist traps and discover venues loved by the locals for a fully immersive foodie experience. You will easily find arancini around the streets but there is only one place in town that still makes the thousand-year-old recipe, you will find it on this tour. Your guides will have selected various bouquets of traditional street food for you. Enjoy veggie fritters, soft ravazzata with spinach, and a challenging offal sandwich. All tours end with a seasonal dessert. The amount of food will substitute for your lunch. Venture down secret alleyways to chat with street food vendors and colorful characters. Enter the oldest working-class bar downtown and share a drink with Palermitans. The small group tour will allow you to interact with your local guide and collect the best tips to enjoy the city like a local. This is a truly authentic street experience. Local guides discuss many topics besides cuisine in order to make you feel the real street spirit of Palermo.

Palermo: Guided City Walking Tour w/Customizable Itinerary

4. Palermo: Guided City Walking Tour w/Customizable Itinerary

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Palermo from a local guide eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn insider tips, such as the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Palermo Traditional Food Tour

5. Palermo Traditional Food Tour

Discover our traditions with only the best dishes at the best restaurants. Make unforgettable memories with an Italian culinary experience of the following dishes.  Panino with panelle and crocchè: the beating heart of Palermo’s street food is sesame bread stuffed with mashed potatoes balls or chickpea omelet. This is an absolute must try in order to have an overview of the rich and tasty Sicilian food culture. Sfincione: made with a pizza-like dough covered with fresh tomato salsa, anchovies paste, capers, and onion. Sfincione is the super tasty version of a pizza from Palermo.  Rice arancina: famous all around the world these rice balls are filled with different ingredients (meat, smoked ham, spinach, mixed cheese, and more) and then deep-fried according to a centuries-long tradition: the best fried-food one can possibly try.  Pasta alla norma: traditionally shaped pasta (usually macaroni), with fresh tomato salsa, fried aubergines, salty seasoned ricotta cheese, and basil. The recipe was born in Catania but shortly after it became a symbol of Sicilian savory food. Anelletti al forno: small sized pasta shaped in the form of a ring (anello in Italian) with meat and pea salsa. One cannot claim to have been in Palermo without trying this. Traditional vegetables with parmigiana di melanzane: a famous Sicilian dish made with fried aubergines, tomato salsa, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.  Sicilian cannoli: a waffle, traditionally shaped around a hot metallic bar, filled with a sweet and creamy paste made from ricotta cheese, candied fruit, and crunchy pistachios or dark chocolate drops. A colorful sight and an explosion of a sweet taste.  Sicilian Granita: served in a glass it is perfect for relaxing on a warm summer afternoon and it intended to conclude a rich meal. Fresh fruit, sugar, and ice are the simple ingredients but the taste is incredible, especially topped with coffee, chocolate, or more fruit.  Sicilian cassata: traditional Sicilian pie, to be eaten chilled, made with fresh ricotta cheese, dried fruit, wheat paste, and other ingredients according to a hundred year old recipe. 

Palermo: Anti-mafia Bike Tour

6. Palermo: Anti-mafia Bike Tour

Discover how Palermo is healing from wounds inflicted by Mafia violence that peaked with massacres in 1992 with this group bike tour. Ride through the pedestrian areas of Palermo's old town and along the bike paths connect to the outskirts. Hear about how anti-mafia campaigners where inspired to take collective action. Be inspired by how young people today are still committed to improving society and pushing for change by volunteering in grass-roots movements like Libera and Addiopizzo. Learn more about these movements and their tactics as you ride through the city.

Palermo: Market, Cooking Class and Dining in a Local's Home

7. Palermo: Market, Cooking Class and Dining in a Local's Home

Go food shopping like a local with your expert home cook, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at the expert cook's home, learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the home cool will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Palermo Lunch or Dinner at Home & Private Chef

8. Palermo Lunch or Dinner at Home & Private Chef

Far from the concept of a cold restaurant, lunch or dinner at home means having an authentic experience around food, in a very fascinating home, eating with a view of Piazza San Domenico Church. You will taste 4 courses, from appetizer to dessert, all with seasonal and fresh ingredients, made with passion by a professional chef.  You will be welcomed with a glass of Sicilian cold white wine, and while you appreciate the view from the balcony the chef will prepare the meal in a open space kitchen. The menu is based on Sicilian dishes: appetizer, primo or secondo dish with fish, seafood vegetables (all according to the seasonal availability) and a dessert to finish.  During the lunch or dinner, a selection of very good Sicilian wines will be provided, with sweet wine for the end. This tour will always be in small groups and in an intimate atmosphere. It is possible to request a menu based on fish or beef or vegetarian and gluten free.

Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

9. Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

Embark on a scenic excursion in Sicily and see the verdant mountains of the Madonie, as well as the sparkling beaches along the crystalline Cefalu sea. Depart in the morning from your accommodation in Palermo or Mondello in a new and comfortable Van, and head to Castelbuono, the beautiful medieval village nestled in the Madonie park rich in history and traditions. Visit the Castle of Ventimiglia which houses a precious relic of St. Anna the Mother of Mary in addition to numerous other treasures. The visit will continue through the streets of the quaint Old Town, with the Church of Maria. Taste typical sweets, like panettoni, torroni, and cannoli Siciliani, produced by a famous artisan pastry world famous "Fiasconaro". After the visit, you will decide whether to have lunch at Castelbuono if you prefer a traditional rustic cuisine based on meat, cheese, salami, and wild boar, or continue to Cefalù if you prefer fresh fish maybe in a restaurant by the sea. After the tour continues to Cefalu, a picturesque seaside town one of the most popular destinations for tourists who come to Sicily. Here you can admire the magnificent Cathedral Arab-Norman, a UNESCO heritage site. Wander through the old town full of narrow streets and unique views, the small port, the Bastione, the Medieval Lavatoio, and finally down to the splendid beach of fine sand and crystal clear sea. Free time is available for shopping in the numerous characteristic shops in the center.

Palermo: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

10. Palermo: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

This local supplier is home to Italy's first and finest network of home cooks, known as "Cesarina" (a passionate Italian cook and host whose empire is the heart of the Italian home: the kitchen). Since 2004, they have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travelers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, the Cesarine are here to share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Come back to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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4.6 / 5

based on 242 reviews

If you want to know more about the mafia, its mode of operation, its influence and especially how Palermitans fight together against it, we can only recommend this walk/conference brilliantly and passionately orchestrated by Chloé. Certainly there was not much to see but so much to listen to. Chloé masters her subject and above all gives good reason to think that when people unite and organize themselves, they can keep the mafia in check. Well done for that! Herve (Brussels)

Highly recommended. If your idea of travel is to spend all day getting pics for Instagram, keep moving. But if you are interested at all in history, culture, or if you have any interest in Sicily and Italy, this is a must. Linda is an impassioned storyteller and antimafia activist. She is fascinating and her stories are spellbinding.

The tour guide was many things: passionate, knowledgeable, entertaining, and personable. He not only showed how to eat like a local and where, he gave insights to the local customs and people. Would like to do again or evening tour since we enjoyed so much.

It is a great way to see the "real" Palermo while having fun and meeting new like minded people. It was small group, only 8 of us plus our guide Salvo. He was very knowledgeable and fun

Our guide Rafa was informed and engaging. We had a great time!