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Palermo and Monreale

Palermo and Monreale Tour will bring you to discover the most incredible remains of Norman, Arab and Byzantine Age in Sicily.

Palermo and Monreale

This Tour will show you the richness of the Norman, Arab and Byzantine Age in Sicily.

First Stop of the Palermo and 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.

Second stop of Palermo and Monreale Tour will be 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.

Here in Monreale you will be offered a free snack made of Sycilian “Tavola Calda” and Wine.

The return in Catania is expected at around 7pm.

 

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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

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Luxury air conditioned Mercedes vehicle or similar.

Small group tour, max 8 people

Baby Seat (if needed)

Multilingual speaking driver – guide – for the day at disposal

Not included in the price

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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

Lunch

Entrance ticket to the monuments

Everything not specified in the include list

Suitable for

Tutti

Palermo and Monreale

PalermoSicilianPalermuLatinPanormus, from GreekΠάνορμοςPánormos) is the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Metropolitan City of Palermo. The city is noted for its historyculturearchitecture 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.

 

Monreale (SicilianMurriali[1]) 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 orange, olive and almond trees, the produce of which is exported in large quantities. The town, which has a population of approximately 39,000, is about 15 kilometres (9 miles) inland (south) of Palermo, the regional capital.

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