Palermo and Monreale day tour from Taormina

Discover Palermo, the capital of Sicily with its millenary history, and  Monreale with its stunning Gothic Cathedral starting from Taormina

Palermo and Monreale

Palermo and Monreale day tour from Taormina

Discover Palermo with its millenary history, and  Monreale with its stunning Gothic Cathedral

 

The full-day tour Palermo and Monreale from Taormina will let you discover and admire the richness of the Gothic-Arab era in Sicily.

First stop of the Tour Palermo and Monreale will be Palermo. This city is not only the capital of Sicily but also one of the most ancient cities of Europe! Indeed, Palermo was originally founded by the Phoenicians and then dominated by Arabs, Norman, French, Spanish. All these different dominations made Palermo a melting pot of cultures, styles and different architecture. For this reason, the city is one of the many Sicilian UNESCO World Heritage Sites; every year thousands of visitors enjoy a tour in Palermo.

Once in Palermo, we will walk through its chaotic, vibrant, and energetic streets. Enjoy the scents and the flavours of the Moroccan-style Market A’ Vucciria; then we can marvel at some of the incredible buildings of the city, each testimony of the cultural variety of the city. The incredible Arab-Norman Cathedral and the many other ancient churches; the Palazzo dei Normanni, the ancient royal palace of Palermo, which is today the seat of the Sicilian Regional Assembly. Inside, this palace is also possible to admire the enchanting Cappella Palatina, a true jewel of the Unesco site of the city.

 

For lunch, we’ll offer for free a filling snack with the typical street food of Palermo and Etna wine. Or, if you prefer, you will have one hour of spare time to enjoy lunch in the nearby.

 

In the afternoon we will visit Monreale. Since the foundation of the city, it became quickly a powerful and important village because of the Arab-Norman Cathedral. More than 6300 squared meters of dazzling Byzantine mosaics depicting biblical scenes on a gold background will amaze you. This Cathedral has been designated as one of several buildings listed in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a group of nine inscribed as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Monreale.

 

At the end of the tour Palermo and Monreale from Taormina, we will start the return to the starting points. We’ll be back in Taormina at around 7 pm.

 

If your accommodation is not in Taormina, you can reach us using one of our comfortable transfer services.

Important Information

Recommended equipment

Comfortable shoes, cap, sun protection, water bottle, camera

Itinerary variation

The itinerary may undergo variations based on extraordinary events, strikes, bad weather, or other unpredictable and non-voluntary situations

Included in the price

Comfortable 8-seats vehicles

Small-group tour, max 8 people

Baby Seat (if needed)

Free Snack with typical Sicilian products, water and Etna DOC wine

Multilingual speaking driver for the day at disposal

 

Not included in the price

Authorized tourist guide inside the historical monuments (available on payment and on request)

Full Lunch

Entrance ticket to the monuments

Everything not specified in the include list

Suitable for

Everyone

Palermo, Monreale

Palermo, is the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo. The city is noted for its history, culture, architecture and gastronomy, playing an important role throughout much of its existence; it is over 2,700 years old. Palermo is located in the northwest of the island of Sicily, right by the Gulf of Palermo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as Ziz. Palermo then became a possession of Carthage. Two Greek colonies were established, known collectively as Panormos or “All-Port”; the Carthaginians used this name on their coins after the 5th century BC. As Panormus, the town became part of the Roman Republic and Empire for over a thousand years. From 831 to 1072 the city was under Arab rule during the Emirate of Sicily when the city first became a capital. The Arabs shifted the Greek name into Bal’harm, the root for Palermo’s present-day name. Following the Norman reconquest, Palermo became the capital of a new kingdom (from 1130 to 1816), the Kingdom of Sicily and the capital of the Holy Roman Empire under Emperor Frederick II and King Conrad IV.

Monreale is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Palermo, in Sicily, southern Italy. It is located on the slope of Monte Caputo, overlooking the very fertile valley called “La Conca d’oro” (the Golden Shell), a production area of oranges, olives and almond trees, the production of which is exported in large quantities. The town, which has a population of approximately 39,000, is about 15 kilometres inland of Palermo, the regional capital. Monreale forms its own archdiocese and is home to a historical Norman-Byzantine cathedral. This has been designated as one of several buildings named in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a group of nine inscribed as Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale.

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During the month of June 2020 all our tours can be run on request every day upon reservation, but they will take place without the transport service. The rate will be reduced by 50%. The group will meet the guide at the established meeting place, agreed upon booking.
If we need to move to a restaurant or a wine cellar, everyone will move with their own vehicles.
We have provided a special calendar thought for citizens living in Sicily.
You can view it in the section R-Estate in Sicily 2020.
Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.