Palermo: Exclusive Art Tour

4.8 / 5

39 reviews

Palermo: Exclusive Art Tour

From $88.83 per person

See the sights of Palermo on a 4-hour guided tour especially designed for small groups. Escape the long lines of large group tours as you see iconic monuments such as the magnificent Palermo Cathedral and Teatro Massimo opera house.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Explore the Capella Palatina and Palermo Cathedral
  • Walk the medieval streets in Palermo's historic city center
  • See the monumental Fontana Pretoria
  • Learn the legend of St. Rosalie, patron saint of Palermo
Full description
Discover the historical monuments of Palermo on a small group half-day tour, and learn the fascinating history of the city, from its birth under the Phoenicians through the Roman Republic and the Byzantine Empire to the modern day. Wander the winding streets of the Politeama sestiere (district) to see iconic buildings such as the Teatro Politeama and Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe. Learn about the Arab-Norman era and religious rites at sites such as the 12th-century Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) in the Palazzo Reale. Look in wonder at the splendid façade of Palermo Cathedral, characterized by different architectural styles, from the Gothic through the early Renaissance and Baroque. Learn more about the hidden treasures of the historical center and hear amazing stories that take you on a journey through time.
  • Licensed guide
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Entrance tickets
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Teatro Politeama, Via Turati 2-4-6, Palermo.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Oversize luggage

    Know before you go

    • Those entitled to free entrance must pay a €3 per person reservation fee
    • Entrance fees should be paid directly to your guide prior to departure
    • Entrance to monuments is free of charge on the 1st Sunday of each month. A €3 per person fee must be paid for booking and headsets
    • This tour is wheelchair accessible
    • Large bags and backpacks are not permitted inside the monuments
    • This service can be canceled up to 48 hours in advance. Cancellations of less than 48 hours notice and no shows are charged in full
    • You can book this tour up to 2 days in advance
    • The tour can accommodate all ages and your guide will involve both parents and children for the best experience
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 39 reviews

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    Our guide Ilena was friendly and competent and full of enthusiasm for her city and its art treasures. It gave us a good overview, both spatially and historically. It made us want to visit many places again on our own and explore them more intensively. We also got a restaurant and shopping tips. However, you have to be aware that you cannot visit the most important sights from the inside in 3 hours, but there are simply many!

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    September 22, 2020

    Francesca was an exceptional guide as well as charming .

    Glad to have the opportunity to leave a review. We were lucky enough to get Francesca on a Sunday. She is knowledgeable as well as flexible ( given we are both over 65) Francesca was able to impart a wealth of knowledge we would never have known otherwise. She also showed us many locations of historical significance and explained their background. As well as this we visited the local markets and streets and , Francesca explained some of the Palmero culture which were just as much fun. Not to mention a couple of little shop detours on the way. Our trip to Palermo was greatly enriched by Francesca’s tour. Grazie Mille Francesca !

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    August 26, 2019

    Consiglio questo tour per chi ama scoprire una Palermo storica, perdersi tra le vie del centro storico, e per chi vuole essere lasciato senza fiato...perché in questo tour vedrete solo bellezze per i vostri occhi. Non avremmo potuto desiderare un tour piu' bello e soprattutto una guida cosi preparata e appassionata come Viviana. Un grazie davvero speciale a lei, perché ha saputo trasmetterci l'amore per Palermo e per i suoi tesori storici. Ha avuto molta pazienza e affabilità, accompagnandoci e spiegandoci anche tanti aneddoti e questo ci ha davvero affascinato. Non sono mancate le tappe golose come la pasticceria dentro al convento di Santa Caterina; siamo rimasti estasiati dalla Cappella Palatina e il Palazzo dei Normanni. Tutto meraviglioso e torniamo a casa con un grande tesoro negli occhi e nel cuore. Grazie.

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    October 15, 2020

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