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From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

1. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Palermo city center on a half-day tour to Monreale and Cefalù. Marvel at a Norman cathedral on the slopes of Monte Caputo, and learn the Greek and Medieval history of one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns. Following a pick-up from your hotel or the port of Palermo, transfer to Monreale where you will have approximately 1-hour to tour the Duomo. An official audio guide is included to learn the history of the 12th-century building, considered one of the greatest landmarks of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the south of Italy. Then, drive along the north coast of Sicily, on route to the beautiful town of Cefalù. Sit back and relax on the 1.5-hour journey, and on arrival go to the 12th-century Duomo. See traces of the Middle Ages at the Osterio Magno. Get panoramic views from the Porta Terra. Discover Greek and Arabic pottery in the Mandralisca Museum, and walk down some curving stone steps to a picturesque cluster of 16th-century wash basins at the Lavatoio.

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

2. 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.

From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

3. From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

Follow in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans on a day trip where your transport is taken care of for you. Discover some of the finest Roman mosaics in the world at the Villa Romana del Casale. Learn all about the Valley of the Temples archaeological site with a licensed local guide. Meet your driver in central Palermo and be taken straight to Piazza Armerina, where you will explore the Villa Romana del Casale independently. Marvel at the luxurious 4th-century villa, home to an influential Roman family. Take your time to examine its exquisite mosaic flooring. Continue to Agrigento for a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of Temples, built by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. See the ruins of temples, necropolises, houses, streets, and everything else you'd expect to find in an ancient city. Finally, return to the meeting point in Palermo.

Cefalù: Sicily's Capital Palermo Street Food Tour

4. Cefalù: Sicily's Capital Palermo Street Food Tour

Here the architectures mix in Gothic, Norman and Baroque styles but it's the Moorish and Arabs who have left the strongest trace. They say that Palermo is hard to describe, it's a sensual, fascinating and chaotic city. It is one of those cities with its own atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveler's imagination.  The guide will explain some of the city's wonders and a stroll at your own pace will allow you to take in the flavors of this magnificent city. This tour is a walking tour through the main squares and street markets of the city center that allows travelers to sample the best Palermitan street food. Along the walk participants enter places hung out only by real Sicilians, such as bakeries and old inns. All places have been selected to offer travelers the most authentic street food. The group will be constituted with a maximum of ten participants in order to let people enjoy the walk. This tour isn't just for food! Itineraries are designed to offer travelers a complete overview on the history, arts, food and traditions of Palermo. Tour guides provide historical information on the monuments and churches visible along the walk and share with travelers the most intimate secrets of local cuisine and habits.    

Sicily: 8-Day Small Group Highlights Tour

5. Sicily: 8-Day Small Group Highlights Tour

To begin, take a walk with your native local guide who will reveal Taormina’s culture, architecture, natural and political history, and tell stories about the Sicilian people and their traditions. Conquered by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, and Normans, Taormina boasts a rich and fascinating history and a robust mix of styles. Discover little streets and hidden corners that give Taormina a special charm. The next day involves a half-day trip to the small antique villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro located on the mountains. See the places where the most famous scenes of the Godfather movies were made. Next, get a real taste of Taormina. Savor its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful food and wine traditions alive. Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink like the locals. The next day involves an adventure to visit Mt. Etna. You will have free time to walk on the old lava flows before continuing your tour to a famous winery located on the slopes of Etna, famous for it’s unique vulcanic wines and organic food. You will then head to magnificent Noto. While walking around, taste a famous Modica chocolate and Sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary flavor. The next day will feature a 2-hour walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town. Admire the majesty of the Apollo Temple before heading down Via Cavour, one of the most colorful streets in Ortigia, where local artists and aristocrats like to spend their evenings. It’s then time to say goodbye to Syracuse and move towards Palermo passing the ancient Temple Valley. The following day, sample the best Sicilian streetfood during a 3-hour walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes a visit of the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets.

From Palermo: Cattedrale di Monreale Private Tour

6. From Palermo: Cattedrale di Monreale Private Tour

Enjoy this 2-hour guided tour which will take you to the beautiful town of Monreale, about 45 minutes car drive from Palermo. There, you will visit the majestic Cathedral of Monreale, considered the finest example of Norman architecture in Sicily and one of the most impressive architectural legacies of the Italian Middle Ages. The work was begun in 1174 by William II, and in 1182 the church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, was, by a bull of Pope Lucius III, elevated to the rank of a metropolitan cathedral. Nowadays, its size is 102 meters (334 feet) long and 40 meters wide (131 feet). It is, however, to a large extent (6,500 m2) the impressive glass mosaics covering the interior which makes this church so splendid. With the exception of a high dado, made of marble slabs with bands of mosaic between them, the whole interior surface of the walls, including soffits and jambs of all the arches, is covered with minute mosaic-pictures in bright colors on a gold ground.  Follow the steps of your expert guide, learn about the fascinating history of this cathedral and explore its beautiful geometric garden. Ready to enjoy a truly stunning gem of Italian, and particulary Sicilian, architecture?

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

7. 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.

Private Multi-Day Sicily Food & Wine Lovers Tour: 8 Days

8. Private Multi-Day Sicily Food & Wine Lovers Tour: 8 Days

Day 1: (Taormina) Meet your driver at your arrival airport and transfer to your hotel to check in. Start with a private Taormina lifestyle and gourmet walking tour. Stroll in Taormina city center with your guide to discover the lifestyle and best places for traditional pastries, ice cream, coffee,  food and handicrafts. Pass important monuments and highlights with two foodie stops. Enjoy an evening in sparkling Taormina at your own leisure. Day 2: (Taormina) After breakfast, start your foodie experience with a local chef. Visit Taormina's food market, pass the stalls of farmers, fishermen and butchers to select your ingredients. Learn culinary secrets for homemade pasta and bread plus several fish and vegetables dishes in a traditional Sicilian style. Savor your food with wine, before taking an afternoon of leisure time in Taormina. Day 3: (Taormina, Savoca, Forza d'Agro) After breakfast in your hotel, head to small antique villages on the mountains. Stop at Forza d’Agro and then Savoca, site of the famous scenes of The Godfather. Learn the secrets of The Godfather movie and the traditions and culture of the locals. Stop for an aperitif in the famous Sicilian Bar Vitelli, and enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch in typical family taverna.  Day 4: (Etna, Syracuse) Move on to Syracuse past Mount Etna, famous for its unique volcanic wines and organic food. Visit a well–known winery for a wine tasting with typical organic appetizers. Explore the authentic farmhouse for lunch with seasonal antipasti, homemade pasta and Sicilian grilled meat. Finish your tour in a local pastry bar and taste Sicilian dolce and liquors. Head to your hotel in Syracuse and discover the town in the afternoon. Day 5: (Syracuse) Meet your crew in Ortigia port and enjoy a 1.5–hour boat tour. See Ortigia island, Castello Maniace, Aretusa Fountain, and the Spanish Walls from your traditional gozzo boat. Explore colorful sea caves and stop for a cool swim. Have a light lunch and drink a glass of Sicilian wine. Next, take a food and wine walking tour. Taste fresh Sicilian food and fragrant Syracuse wine in three different venues.  Day 6: (Palermo) Move on to Palermo after breakfast. Stop in an ancient winery for a guided visit, appreciate the wines produced here and compare them with Etna wines. Savor your lunch served outside. Check in to your Palermo hotel and explore the town in the evening. Day 7: (Palermo) Sample the best of Sicilian street food on a 3–hour walking tour of Palermo. Explore the fascinating culinary world of Sicily's capital and visit the famous Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets. Taste five different Sicilian treats along the way. Pass through Palermo old town and see the highlights. Finish your tour in a characteristic  bar for a wine tasting with fresh appetizers. After your tour, enjoy free time in Palermo. Day 8: (Palermo) If required, your eighth day consists of departure from Palermo and transfers.

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What people are saying about Palermo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 231 reviews

Our lodging in Palermo changed due to Covid and we had to change our pick up location last minute. We were accommodated and were picked up promptly. Our driver Marco was very knowledgeable and gave us the history of the area and Sicily along the way. Monreale was unbelievable and Cefalu is simply paradise. We were given ample time to explore each of the areas. We would definitely recommend this tour.

Joshua is the guy to go for. Above and beyond. Super knowledgable Hilarious stories and overall amazing guy! Can't recommend him more. Montreal Cathedral is probably the most beautiful cathedral ever and the waters at Cefalu were incredible. Along with the food in both. Super easy overall.

as usual, Marco was a delight to be with on the tour. Very upbeat guy and his knowledge is unsurpassed. The sites were great to visit.

A nice outing. The guide told us interesting information about the temples, but the villa could have done with some more explanation.

Very nice trip. Mr Marco was an excellent guide With my thanks Michèle LANCEAUME