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Palermo and Cefalù or Monreale

Visit Sicilian Capital with its many beauties and Cefalù or Monreale with their beautiful gothic Cathedrals

Palermo and Cefalù or Monreale

Visit Sicilian Capital with its many beauties and Cefalù or Monreale with their beautiful gothic Cathedrals

Palermo and Cefalù or Monreale Tour will show you the richness of the Gothic-Arab era in Sicily.

First Stop of the Palermo and Cefalù or Monreale Tour will be Palermo.

Palermo is not only Sicily’s Capital city, but maybe the most chaotic, vibrant and energetic place in Europe. Originally founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century b.C., Palermo has been Sicilian Capital since the Arab domination in 9th century. Arabs, Norman, French, Spanish. All these different nominations have left their print on the city. Today Palermo is a unique mix of styles, architecture and art. And these combination of styles has earned the city to be insert into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

You will walk through its streets, wholly covered with sights, scents and flavors. Its moroccan-style Market “A’ Vucciria” with all the possible products at your disposal. With all of the incredible Arab-Norman churches and palaces, the city will leave you breathless.

Before moving towards Cefalù or Monreale we’ll offer for free a rich snack made of typical street food of Palermo, with water and red wine from Mt. Etna. Or, if you prefer, you will have one hour of spare time to enjoy lunch in the nearby.

Programmed in advance, in the afternoon you can choose either to visit Cefalù or Monreale.

– Cefalù:

In this lovely fishing village we will soothe our senses. The centre is mostly famous for its marvellous Norman Cathedral, which has been inserted on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Arab-Norman Palermo and the Churches of Cefalù and Monreale. Not only art and churches, in Cefalù is quite satisfying to wander through the narrow streets lined by nice little boutiques.

 

– Monreale:

An old Sicilian saying states: “Who goes to Palermo without visiting Monreale, parts as a donkey and returns as a pig”.  When you enter the breathtaking Arab-Norman cathedral  in Monreale, you will understand why. More than 6300 squared meters  of dazzling Byzantine mosaics depicting biblical scenes on a gold background. You won’t see anything like it. This Cathedral 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.

When the visit will be over, you will get back on the minivan.

The return to Catania is expected at approximately 7pm.

 

If your accommodation is not in Catania, 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

Luxury air conditioned vehicle, Mercedes or similar.

Small group tour, max 8 people

Baby Seat (if needed)

Free Snack with typical sicilian products, water and red wine from Mt. Etna

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, Cefalù, 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.

Cefalù, is a city and commune in the Italian province of Palermo, located on the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily about 70 km east of the provincial capital and 185 km west of Messina. The town, with its population of just under 14,000, is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of Sicily and also from all over Italy and Europe. Of Greek foundation, the city evidently derived its name from its situation on a lofty and precipitous rock, forming a bold headland (Greek: κεφαλήkephalḗ) projecting into the sea. Despite the Greek origin of its name, no mention of it is found in the works of Thucydides, who expressly says that Himera was the only Greek colony on this coast of the island.

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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