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Palermo: Street Food and History Walking Tour

1. Palermo: Street Food and History Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour through the center of Palermo and feel like you are visiting an open-air museum. Marvel at a range of different architectural styles and see the Capo street markets that are a true mix of culture, customs, and food traditions. Taste five local food specialties and a drink to wash them down tastefully. Blend a historical and foodie walking tour into one. See and learn about historical landmarks, including Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti, and the Pretoria fountain en route. Walk through the bustling Capo Street Market, offering a wide selection of local meats, seafood, produce & Sicilian bites. Then, taste some local specialties from Palermo. Tuck into some sfincione (dough topped with onion, bread crumbs, tomato, and oregano), panelle (fried chickpea flour), crocché (potato croquettes), arancine (rice croquettes stuffed with meat or butter), and cannolo (crunchy shell with sweet-cheese). Refresh yourself with a drink, to close off your tour in style.

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.

From Palermo: Erice, Salt Pans, and Segesta Day Trip

4. From Palermo: Erice, Salt Pans, and Segesta Day Trip

Discover the history of Sicily from the Greeks to the Middle Ages with this day trip to Erice, the salt pans of Trapani, and Segesta. After pickup from selected locations in Palermo, drive to western Sicily to reach Erice. The ancient Elymian people founded this medieval town, once an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Continue to Trapani where the ancient tradition of harvesting salt from the sea is still practiced. In the afternoon, head to Segesta, another city founded by the Elymians. Visit the 5th-century Doric temple built on a hilltop just outside the ancient city. Admire the astonishing views, before returning to Palermo.

From Palermo: Guided Mafia Tour of Corleone & Hotel Pickup

5. From Palermo: Guided Mafia Tour of Corleone & Hotel Pickup

Excursion program: meeting with your driver at your hotel, B&B, cruise ship in the morning at 08.30 am, departure with New and comfortable van from Palermo. First stop Portella della Ginestra: visit places of the first Mafia massacre by the bandit Giuliano. Second stop Piana degli Albanesi where you can taste the famous Sicilian typical sweet Cannoli. Afterwards we will continue to Corleone, arrival scheduled for 11:30 am, visit to the Anti-Mafia Museum and to the places that inspired the protagonist of the famous novel by Mario Puzzo and the film Don Vito Corleone. The museum guide will explain everything from the birth of "Cosa Nostra" in America to the present day, you will see a part of the museum dedicated to the Maxi Trial and to the judges Heroes Falcone and Borsellino. You will have lunch if you want in a local restaurant or bar. If possible you will assist to the preparation of ricotta and sheep cheeses in a local dairy. After lunch departure for the Ficuzza wood reserve, visit of the reserve. Return to the hotel in the afternoon around 16:30.

Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

6. Palermo: Markets and Monuments City Center Walking Tour

Get a feel for the rich history, culture, and architecture of central Palermo on a 3-hour guided walking tour. Your guide will take you to Norman Sicily churches and beautiful palaces, through bustling city squares and famous old street markets. Head first to the Teatro Massimo and learn about Italy’s largest opera house, known for its perfect acoustics. Then visit the beautiful Palermo Cathedral, dating from the 12th century and part of Unesco ’s list of World Heritage sites. See the Church of the Gesù, one of the most important Baroque churches in Palermo, as well as the Praetorian Palace, an outstanding palace of the 15th century.   Continue to Pretoria Square, referred to by locals as the “square of shame” for the nudity of its fountain statues. You’ll also visit the nearby Bellini Square where you’ll see the Church of San Cataldo and Martorana Church, two more Norman Sicily–era churches and Unesco World Heritage sites.   Along the way, your guide will lead you through the famous Capo street markets. Observe the lively scenes and multitude of smells, textiles, and colorful foods as you weave among the stalls. You can also buy and taste some of the city’s popular street food, including: panelle, crocché, sfincione and arancina The tour ends in the exact center of historic Palermo, the Baroque Villena Square, also known as Quattro Canti (Four Corners). It was built in the early 1600s at the crossing of the two most prominent streets in Palermo: Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda.

Palermo: Street Food Tour

7. Palermo: Street Food Tour

Street food is a strong tradition on the streets of Palermo. The discovery of Palermo comes through its flavors, the food shops with hundreds of years of experience and the small restaurants where fried goodies are served- your palate will be grateful! And do not worry: a fresh and delicious dessert will be sided by a richer one, in order to enjoy the incredible variety of Palermo’s bakery scene. Within this food tour, you will have the opportunity to try the following specialties (according to the availability of raw ingredients, season and the chef’s choices): • Panino with panelle and crocchè: Sesame bread stuffed with mashed potatoes “balls” or with chickpea omelet • Sfincione: Made with a pizza-like dough covered with fresh tomato salsa, anchovy paste, capers and onion • Rice Arancina: Rice ball is filled with different ingredients (meat, smoked ham, spinach, mixed cheeses and so much more) and then deep fried • Sicilian cannoli: Waffle, traditionally shaped around a hot metallic bar, filled with a sweet and creamy paste made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit, crunchy pistachios from the country surrounding the city or dark chocolate drops • Panino ca meuza: If you're a true experimenter and not afraid of strong tastes, you can try this sandwich filled with boiled spleen pieces and fried in lard. A real connoisseur sandwich • Sicilian granita: Served in a glass and it is meant for concluding a rich meal

Palermo Traditional Food Tour

8. 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: 2-Hour Sicilian Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour

9. Palermo: 2-Hour Sicilian Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour

Don’t miss out on this wonderful tasting tour of the best typical Sicilian wines and cheeses inside a charming 16th century private home, just a few steps from the famous Arab market Vucciria. This 2-hour tour is ideal for those who do not have enough time to travel to one of the wineries, many of them far from the city of Palermo. Inside a peaceful and relaxing home environment you can enjoy tasting original Sicilian wines, including Frappato, Nero d'Avola, Catarratto, Grillo, Anzonica (Insolia), and Grecanico. All wines will be happily combined with the best Sicilian cheeses, including Primo Sale, Caciocavallo fresco, Ricotta infornata, Canestrato, Vastedda del Belice, and Tuma persa. Enjoy sampling the wines and cheese, served with good black bread from Castelvetrano or Monreale and a rich mixed salad. To finish off the cheese and wine tastings, you will be served original cassatelle (fried sweets) of San Vito lo Capo and the classical sweet wine Zibibbo.

Palermo: Cooking and Limoncello Class

10. Palermo: Cooking and Limoncello Class

Your tour will begin as you travel to a beautiful market to buy your ingredients. From there, you will travel to your host's kitchen where you will take part in a class to create a Sicilian menu of three dishes, plus the famous Sicilian Limoncello. Once having arrived back home, a glass of cold Sicilian white wine will be your welcoming pass to begin your amazing experience. Your lunch will consist of the plates you prepare together with your group, which will be comprised of 3 courses, a great selection of Sicilian wines, and of course Limoncello. You will discover the secret to making the best Limoncello, and at the conclusion of your experience you will receive a bottle to take home. All the recipes belong to your host's family, which your chef will share with your group, providing recipes as well as secrets.

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4.7 / 5

based on 311 reviews

Fantastic 3 hour tour of the local markets. Our guide, Salvatore was full of local knowledge about the culture and history of Palermo as well as the food. Passionate about his city and a fun guide. Even my husband, who doesn’t like organised tours really enjoyed it.

This was a fantastic tour which I would highly recommend. Martina, our guide, was delightful and told many interesting things about Palermo and Sicilian food. We are and drank very well. Definitely a good introduction to Palermo.

Such a great experience! This was my favorite part of my trip and it was worth every Penny. An unforgettable time!

Patricia was the most welcoming host. Lovely traditional Sicilian food and excellent wine. ❤️

Lovely time with great people. A nice range on the foods as well.