Palermo City Private Tour from Palermo - Sicily

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Famous throughout the world, Palermo is the regional capital of Sicily and the fifth largest city in Italy by population. On the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is located between Monte Pellegrino and the bay of Conca d’Oro, in the western part of Sicily. City of a thousand faces, loud but elegant, eclectic and never dull, Palermo with its architectural beauty, its traditions and its people attracts and enchants thousands of visitors from all over the world.Today Palermo still contains architectural finds of rare beauty, a tangible sign of the importance that the city has taken over the centuries.

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Stop At: Cattedrale di Palermo

Due to the various conquering nations and empires that have had a presence in Palermo, this cathedral has a myriad of different styles and is a truly fascinating building. Originally constructed in 1185 on the instruction of Pope Gregory I, the church has seen many uses including a mosque and a crypt. The Moorish influence is present on the exterior and it features a fine central basilica and a tall renaissance clock tower. Furthermore the portico side entrance features several ornate columns and a triangular pediment with a detailed fresco. Inside, a prominent feature is the treasure chamber that holds various artefacts from different time periods of the church, and also the tomb of Emperor Frederick II.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina

The Palatine Chapel is located in close proximity to the Palazzo dei Normanni in the centre of Palermo and is one of the best preserved examples of Byzantine architecture and artwork in Europe. As part of the palace, it was built in 1132 and commissioned by Roger II of Sicily. Dedicated to Saint Peter, the chapel has a central basilica and features a plethora of fantastic Byzantine artwork and architecture. Covered in stunning mosaics that exhibit a fantastic amount of detail and colour, the walls and ceiling are packed full of religious and historical iconography. Every angle or corner you turn you will find another piece of detail or interesting depiction – This really is a true feat of ingenuity and artistic creation.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mercati di Palermo: Capo, Vucciria e Ballaro

Food markets are a fantastic way to sample local life and so see the heart of a city. Palermo has several wonderful food markets that operate daily.The main food markets include Ballaro, Cap and Vucciria all of which are located in the centre of the city and not far from the main attractions. Here you will find street vendors and shop fronts full of delicious fresh fruits, vegetables, cakes, pastries and more. Prepare to have your sense assaulted with the variety of smells and the noise from the vendors selling their wares. A truly fascinating part of Palermo that should not be missed!

Duration: 2 hour
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