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Palermo: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

1. Palermo: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

Discover Palermo, the chief town of Sicily, on an open-top, hop-on hop-off bus tour! Start from the terminal outside the Politeama Theater, cruise past the Massimo Theatre, and continue towards Piazza Quattro Canti and the nearby Vucciria Market. The tour continues towards the botanical gardens, passing near Palazzo Steri. After a quick glance of the central station, you'll find yourself in the vicinity of the Royal Palace, the Flea Market, and the Cathedral. Then return to the terminal along the ancient via Roma. The second route takes you to the beautiful villas of Palermo. Starting from the terminal outside the Politeama Theatre, admire the gorgeous English Garden and then continue towards Villa Malfitano and the wonderful Zisa Castle. The tour passes near the Mercato del Capo and the Massimo Theatre, towards the port, and then returns to the terminal in Politeama Square.

Palermo: Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel Tour with Tickets

2. Palermo: Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel Tour with Tickets

With more than 800 years of history, it’s perfect for culture vultures! Of all the incredible attractions in Palermo, the Palazzo dei Normanni is one that you can’t miss off your itinerary. Once the seat of the King of Sicily, it is the oldest royal residence in Europe and you can learn the history of all the dynasties who had their thrones here - as well as visiting a stunning and sublime channel. Palermo is decorated in history and there are few buildings that offer a window into the past quite as clear as the Palazzo dei Normanni. The Palazzo dei Normanni (or the Norman Palace to English speakers). Construction on the palace started in the 9th century when Sicily was under Islamic rule, though it was renovated by the Normans in 1072 when their empire spread across Europe. Now, it’s the home of the Sicilian Regional assembly. You’ll get exclusive entrance into the palace and its gardens Though not as well known as Rome’s Sistine Chapel or Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, the Cappella Palatina (or Palatine Chapel) is one of the most spectacular in all of Italy. The chapel, on the second-floor of the palace, was built in 1140 and gives an insight into the arts, science and philosophy of the dominant Western and Middle Eastern cultures at that time. See traditional Islamic designs, Byzantine mosaics, and golden decorations in one of the best examples of the Arab - Norman - Byzantine style. Not only do your tickets allow you entrance to the palace and chapel, but you can explore the gardens too with your expert guide. And as the tour is 1.5 hours long, there’s enough time for you to appreciate the stunning historic building and then spend the rest of the day wandering through Palermo’s historic centre.

Palermo: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Guided Walking Tour

3. Palermo: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Guided Walking Tour

By choosing this small group tour, you will have the opportunity to admire the best attractions, with a tasty local break! This three hours small group tour will take you to the must-see spots of the city centre, crossing the Baroque and Normann-Arab style architecture, including attractions such as the Piazza Pretoria (Praetorian Square), called by the locals Square of Shame. The huge marble fountain you can admire in this square is amazing, and it is also the reason of the square's name, due to the nudity of its statues. The Praetorian Palace is located in this plaza, too, and it hosts the Town Hall, which is usually open to the public so that you may spot the mayor of Palermo. This impressive building was built in the 14th century, and it was renovated in the 19th century. Your cultural and historical experience will be enriched by admiring the Royal Palace, which now hosts the Regional Parliament of Sicily. After the Normans conquered Sicily in 1072, the palace was the main residence of the kings. In 1132, King Roger II added the magnificent Palatine Chapel, which is decorated with unique golden mosaics. When visiting Palermo, we cannot ignore its religious significance, so that they will be part of our small group itinerary, such as the Martorana Church, famous around the world for its beauty and majestic appearance. In fact, an Arabic traveller who visited the Martorana in 1184 called this Christian church "the most beautiful monument in the world", which perfectly resumes all we could have said about this site. One more unmissable stop will be the Cathedral of Palermo, a brilliant and unique example of stratification of styles, from Muslim to Normans to the Christian reconversion. If you are wondering if this culture discovering and walking will make you hungry, don’t worry…we will have another substantial stop included for our small group: a tasty Sicilian cannolo, in a typical local shop.

Palermo: City Highlights Bike Tour with Granita Dessert

4. Palermo: City Highlights Bike Tour with Granita Dessert

Together with your tour guide, you will follow the best itinerary to discover the Unesco sites of the city of Palermo. This city has so much to offer in one enjoyable bike tour! The guide will offer you an essential historical overview of Palermo, which, with its long history, has a remarkable and unique artistic and architectural heritage. During this bike ride you will have the chance to admire the stratification of styles of Palermo architecture and culture. The Arabic, Norman, and Byzantine empires all contribute to the fascinating history of Palermo. You will be impressed by the symbol of the city, the famous cathedral of Palermo, which is one of the oldest churches in the world. You will have the opportunity to see the many architectural features of the Martorana Church, which is heavily influenced by both the Arabs and Normans. Your guide will also bring you to pass by the Palazzo dei Normanni which houses the beautiful Palatine Chapel with several Byzantine mosaics. After a long bike ride, it is time for you to rest, breathe some fresh air and taste a great Sicilian granita in a typical shop. If you think that granita is just a refreshing crushed ice flavoured with fruit to cool off in the relentless sun, you have never tried the Sicilian version! This semi-frozen dessert is made of sugar and water before the flavourings are added. A perfect way to appreciate even more the many tales told about Sicily's capital.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

5. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

From Palermo: Guided Trip to Agrigento with Dinner

6. From Palermo: Guided Trip to Agrigento with Dinner

Visiting Agrigento and the Temple Valley will provide you incredible cultural and historical information about this region and you will discover step by step the cultural background of the Sicilian people. As Agrigento used to be one of the most important Greek colonies in Sicily, this region is characterized by a smooth blending of Italian and Greek culture, and even in the modern city, you will notice traces of this Greek cultural heritage. After the comfortable journey from Palermo by minivan, you will enjoy a guided visit of Agrigento “Valle dei Templi” area. The remains of the seven temples are built in Doric style, keeping an imposing appearance even now when many of them are ruins. Our professiona and licensed English speaking guide will lead you through this amazing journey through the “Antica Grecia” up to nowadays. After this unforgettable experience, the perfect way to end your day trip will be an exclusive delicious Dinner in a fancy location, with traditional local dishes and excellent wines, so be ready to savor every bite you take before getting back to Palermo!

Palermo: Guided Walking Tour of Sicilian Art and Food

7. Palermo: Guided Walking Tour of Sicilian Art and Food

The Sicilian capital is known for its art, food and history. You’ll discover all the dishes that make Palermo tick. Sample the island’s original street food snack, arancini, cool down with an icy granita, and indulge in a ricotta filled cannoli. A Palermo walking tour is one of the best ways to get to know the island capital of Sicily. And what better than one that takes in all the top attractions while letting you sample the delicacies? Though you won’t be entering them, you’ll pass by the Royal Palace, Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normanni and the Teatro Massimo, with your guide explaining the significance of each one over the three-hour duration. Though sight is well and truly taken care of as you discover the historic centre, this walking tour of Palermo is all about smell and taste. As you wander, you can’t fail to notice the delightful scents and aromas which will waft your way throughout. The good news? You’ll be stopping off to investigate some of them in more detail. With five tasting stops throughout, there’s room for a full lunch on the tour. You could enjoy one of the “courses” in one of the city’s picturesque squares, such as Piazza Quattro Canti or Piazza Pretoria. A little more on those delicious dishes that you will taste. No visit to Sicily is complete without gorging yourself on the island’s best-known street food - arancini. These “little oranges” are deep-fried rice balls with fillings such as ragu or spinach and ricotta. There are also cannoli, fried pastry packed with a sweet, creamy cheese filling, while an icy granita will cleanse your palate and cool you down too! To try all of them and much more, join this awesome food tour of Palermo.

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We really enjoyed the Hop on bus trip. The red line is more interesting than the blue line. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the drivers are fantastic in the traffic!! Palermo is a lovely city full of history. Easy to exchange the voucher for the ticket on board the bus.

Super practical, allows a simplified visit to Palermo with a view of beautiful monuments and clear explanations. Possibility to stop at several places, take the bus again …….. it's great.

Easy to find starting point. Guides were very helpful. Audio was informative & accurate.

Super informative and fun as we stopped at multiple spots to explore further

Many sites to see. Interesting audio commentary. Sitting on the upper deck.