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Palermo and Cefalù

Visit Sicilian Capital with its many beauties and Cefalù with its beautiful gothic Cathedral

Palermo and Cefalù

Visit Sicilian Capital with its many beauties and Cefalù with its beautiful gothic Cathedral

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

First Stop of the Palermo and Cefalù 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 Cefalù Tour will be Cefalù

In this lovely fishing village we will soothe our senses. Mostly famous for its marvellous Norman cathedral, it is quite satisfying to wander throught the narrow streets sided by nice little boutiques.

Here in Cefalù we will have a break. You will be offered a typical Sicilian snack with “Tavola Calda” from Catania water and Etna Red Wine.

The return in Catania is expected at around 7pm.

 

For this and our other excursions visit our website.

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 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

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

Everyone

Palermo and Cefalù

PalermoSicilianPalermu, 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. The city was founded in 734 BC by the Phoenicians as Ziz. Palermo then became a possession of Carthage. Two Greekcolonies 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[1][2] (Arabicبَلَرْم‎), 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 (43 mi) east of the provincial capital and 185 km (115 mi) 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 (Greekκεφαλήkephalḗ) 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.

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