Enjoy a half-day guided walking tour of Palermo, where you will explore old avenues and Arabic neighborhoods, iconic cathedrals, and the Theater Massimo. Visit the Palatine Chapel with an audio guide, before enjoying a traditional Sicilian lunch.
What to Expect
Palermo is especially suited for a walking tour, considering its Arabic-influenced urban structure and narrow streets and lanes. Get acquainted with this beautiful Sicilian city on this half-day walking tour.
Start by crossing Politeama Square, the main square of Palermo, where the main city avenues meet. Continue along Ruggero VII Street, which is considered the “lounge of Palermo,” and pass the Church of St. Lucia before arriving at Theater Massimo, the largest theater in Europe.
You will continue along Via Maqueda, an ancient commercial street full of churches and historic buildings, to Candelai, which is at the heart of Palermo's nightlife. See Quattro Canti, meaning "four corners," which divides the city exactly into four parts.
You will see the beautiful church, St. Joseph of Theatine, and tour the iconic Cathedral of Palermo. The Royal Palace awaits afterward, where you can visit a Jewel of Arab Norman art and also the most visited monument in Sicily: the Palatine Chapel.
Throughout the tour, you will see old Arab quarters hidden among the narrow lanes of the inner city, including the community of St. Clare. Admire the nude statues in the Square of Shame, and the red Arabic-style domes atop the Church of the Martorana.
Shop around the historic market, Vucciria, and Saint Dominic Square before lunch. Inside a 16th-century Spanish building, you will enjoy a rich Sicilian buffet, including panelle, sfincione, anelletti al forno, caponata, and cassatelle, along with a traditional Sicilian wine and a dessert of almond biscuits and mocha espresso.
- Guided walking tour
- Traditional Sicilian lunch
- Palatine Chapel ticket and audio guide
The meeting point for this tour is in Politeama Square at King Roger's Statue at 10:00, Palermo.
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Know Before You Go
The meeting point for this tour is in Piazza Ruggero VII (also known as Politeama Square) at Roger VII's Statue at 09:30. The tour operator is not responsible for extraordinary closures of Massimo Theater and the churches. Please wear appropriate clothing to cover your body while visiting religious sites.