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UNESCO Sites Walking Tour: Best of Palermo

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Awaken the history enthusiast in you as you discover all 8 UNESCO sites of Palermo with an expert guide at your side. Once you have seen the best of the city, a tasty local delicacy awaits you!

Highlights

  • Learn about Palermo's cultural and historical treasures in a small group tour that lets you interact more with the knowledgeable guide.

  • Learn about the history of the Royal Palace and the tumultuous stories of its past that it hides within its majestic glory.

  • Try to spot the mayor in the beautiful Town Hall which is open to the public.

  • Admire the Martorana Church, named by a 12th-century Arab traveler as the “most beautiful monument in the world.”

  • Fun Fact: Piazza Pretoria is affectionately dubbed "Square of Shame" by the locals because all of its statues are nude!

Inclusions

  • Small group walking tour

  • Licensed English-speaking guide

  • Entrance to Cathedral Palermo

  • Typical Sicilian cannolo

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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The capital of Sicily is a city truly worth visiting. Often recognized as the cultural melting pot of Europe, Palermo has many stories to tell. Experience the city's beauty through the lens of its culture, history, and society on this UNESCO sites walking tour.

Sights Waiting to be Discovered

Admire the Norman-Arab and Baroque architectural styles as you stop at Piazza Pretoria. Francesco Camilliani designed it in 1554. By the end of 1581, the fountain was readapted with multiple nude statues of nymphs, mermaids, and satyrs, earning its local name. The plaza is also the home to the Pretorian Palace which hosts the impressive 14th-century Town Hall.

The Royal Palace serves as the symbol of the height of power for the kings of Sicily. It currently hosts the Regional Parliament of Sicily and is a sight to behold with its unique golden mosaics.

A visit to Palermo is incomplete without understanding its religious significance. The church of Martorana remains one of the most well-preserved locations displaying medieval architecture in Palermo. Built in 1143, the church is known for the intricate paintings of various events from the Bible. The Byzantine architecture adds to the charm of the church. The last stop is the Cathedral of Palermo which was turned into a Christian place of worship after some time under Islamic and Norman rule.

Relish a Delicious Local Treat

You would have surely worked up an appetite after all the walking and learning history. The final note of the tour brings you to a traditional local shop where you can reward your day with a tasty Sicilian cannolo.

Important Information

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

  • Facilities: Wheelchair accessibility, pram/stroller accessibility.

  • Guide dogs are allowed.

  • The tour runs rain or shine. In case of very bad weather, the tours could be subject to rescheduling or rerouting. No-shows will not be refunded.

Timings

Daily: 9am onwards.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at **TOWNS OF ITALY TOURIST HUB & COOKING SCHOOL **.

  • Address: Via Volturno, 40 - 44, 90138 Palermo.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Volturno - Capo. It is a quick 1-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board buses 104, 108, 124, N1, N5 to get you there.

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