Palermo walking tour, half day to discover Palermo, Capital of Culture 2018.
Accompanied by a professional guide you will have the opportunity to discover the wonders of Palermo in this sublime walk through history and amazement.
DEPARTURE: 02:00PM from I Quattro Canti-Vigliena Square
AVAILABILITY: from Monday to Saturday
DURATION: 4 hours
The Baroque and the Aristocracy
From the Baroque heart of the I Quattro Canti you will travel the ancient axis of the city to reach and visit the Palazzo Alliata di Villafranca, one of the richest residences of the Palermitan aristocracy, which among its admirably restored halls preserves a beautiful Crucified Christ by Van Dick.
Then on the way to the famous fountain Pretoria or “della Vergogna”, which will be the scene of popular stories. In piazza Bellini you will admire the domes of San Cataldo from the XII century. from the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, and here is a surprise visit to the Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio known as “la Martorana” where Baroque and the Middle Ages coexist among the most beautiful mosaics of the Norman era.
A particularly interesting visit will follow, the Church of Santa Caterina recently returned to the city but for centuries reserved only for young cloistered nuns, girls of the highest aristocracy who foreclosed lived among altars made with lapis lazuli and precious stones in contrast with the Baroque and the Spanish society of Palermo. You will then walk the alleys of the Guilds of craftsmen and judges that accompanied the “Inquisiti” to Death.
You will be introduced to the stories of “the Leopard” admiring from the outside the terrace of the Gangi palace, location of the famous Visconti film, to reach the square decorated by the splendid Gothic rose window of the church of San Francesco d’Assisi. From there you will discover the richest and darkest centuries of Spanish Sicily, reaching Piazza Marina to admire a centuries-old ficus magnolioides of the Garibaldi Garden, once a place reserved for the Condemnations and Tortures of the Holy Inquisition. Here will end the walk between traditional ice cream and cannoli in the district of the old port La Cala.
The rate of the Palermo Walking Tour is to be considered valid for a number of participants equal to or greater than 4 people up to a maximum of 8.
In the other cases the following rates will be applied:
1 participant = 132,00€
2 participants = 66,00€
3 participants = 44,00€
Would you like to take the tour collectively? Book here the experience.
>> The Palermo Walking tour is available in Italian and English. Groups of 10 or more participants (booking on request) will be provided with radio guides, for a perfect listening to explanations even from a distance.
>> Entrance tickets to monuments: to be paid locally and subject to price changes.
- Palazzo Alliata di Villafranca €10,00 per person;
- La Martorana €1,00 per person;
- S. Caterina’s Monastery €3,00 per person;
- S. Caterina’s Monastery and terraces €7,00 per person;
- Terraces S. Caterina’s Monastery €5,00 per person.
>> The guide will greet the participants at the meeting point, holding a sign with the name of the booking referent printed on it.
>> Note: Visits to the listed monuments may change without notice due to the Covid-19 emergency.
>> Note: Visits to the listed monuments may change on public holidays.