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Palermo in 4 hours: private tour for cruise passengers

Discover the heritage of the city of Palermo, explore its magical streets!
Thanks to this experience you would be able to see all the main attractions of Palermo such as its historic markets, the Duomo (Cathedral of Palermo), the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria, also called Piazza della Vergogna, the church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (Martorana ), the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo dei Normanni, the Massimo theater, and more.

- Private 4-hour tour of the city of Palermo.
- Possibility of having a guide (English, French or German).
- Private car with driver.
- Collection and delivery from the port.

During the excursion you will make several stops to take beautiful photos.
The tour can be customized according to your interests.

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • WiFi on board
    • Bottled water
    • Parking Fees
    • Bilingual Italian-English driver
    • Child seats (on request)
    • Departure from the port of Palermo
    • The excursion lasts about 4 hours
    What's excluded :
    • Guide
    • Entry/Admission - Teatro Massimo
    • Entry/Admission - Orto Botanico di Palermo
    • Entry/Admission - Norman Palace
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Teatro Politeama Garibaldi, Piazza Ruggero Settimo 15, 90139, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    After leaving the port we go to Piazza Castelnuovo or Piazza Politeama, named after the theater that dominates the square.
    The Politeama Garibaldi Theater, started in 1867 by Giuseppe Damiani Almeyda and inaugurated in 1874, although incomplete and lacking coverage, was conceived to enhance the social function of the theater as the "People's Theater": the horseshoe-shaped hall in 1874 had in fact a capacity of 5,000 spectators, a double row of boxes and a gallery divided into two orders.
    Today it is the prestigious seat of the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra.

    Piazza Castelnuovo is one of the most famous and popular in Palermo.
    Piazza Castelnuovo, known together with Piazza Ruggero Settimo as Piazza Politeama, also houses several statues by Civiletti and a music platform, of fine workmanship, built in 1875 by the Florio family to avoid the construction of other houses in the square, in addition to their majestic villa.

    Stop At: Mercato del Capo, Via Cappuccinelle, 90138, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    The Capo Market in Palermo is still located in the upper part of the ancient Arab quarter of Schiavoni, pirates and slave traders. A very popular neighborhood, it was formed in the Muslim age and is nestled between baroque churches and iconic street food.
    The main entrance to the market is given by the fourteenth-century Porta Carini.
    A narrow street widens and narrows between the stalls that project from the outside, people make it impractical because it stops to observe, taste and buy.
    It is also the perfect place to find culinary souvenirs, typical vacuum-packed products such as dried tomatoes, capers, spices and anchovies in oil, sardines in salt. It is also considered the fish market par excellence.
    Bright colors and inebriating perfumes mix with typical specialties and the voices of the merchants, the "abbanniate" inviting to buy their goods.
    This is why the market is a place not to be missed.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Teatro Massimo, Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 90138, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    The Teatro Massimo is one of the most representative jewels of the city of Palermo, one of its most recognizable symbols.
    With its imposing Art Nouveau facade inspired by Greek temples and classic buildings; the two gigantic bronze statues depicting two lions on the sides of the entrance staircase; the frieze at the top bearing the inscription:
    "Art renews peoples and reveals their lives. The beloved is in the scene where you do not aim to prepare the future ";
    and thanks to this, it dominates all of Piazza Verdi, becoming a meeting point for both Palermitans and tourists.
    The Teatro Massimo in Palermo is also the largest opera house in Italy and one of the largest opera houses in Europe.

    The theater is open for visits every day from 10:00 to 14:30

    Full: € 8.00
    Reduced: € 5.00 (under 26)
    Free for children under six.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Piazza Marina, 90133, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    From Piazza Verdi in front of the Massimo Theater we go down towards Piazza Marina.
    In very ancient times, the place where the square stands did not exist, as it was covered by the waters that definitively withdrew around 1200, creating the space for the construction of the square and the wonderful buildings that surround it. During the Middle Ages the area was initially called "Platea Maritima", subsequently it took the name of "Piano della Marina", which was used for several centuries.
    Public shows of various kinds were organized in this place, including executions and torture by the inquisition court, which was located in the adjacent Chiaramonte-Steri palace.
    At the center of the square today stands the beautiful public garden, called "Villa Garibaldi", which is adorned with busts and which houses the largest tree in Europe.
    The Ficus macrophylla is more than thirty meters high and has a circumference that exceeds twenty.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Orto Botanico di Palermo, Via Lincoln 2/A, 90133, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    Today the Palermo Botanical Garden is the richest in Italy and among the first in Europe. Inside, in addition to an excellent scientific collection, made up of more than 12,000 plants, there are plant species which, due to their monumentality, are able to capture the attention of even the "unskilled". These are plants that, thanks to the favorable climate, have reached dimensions that have nothing to envy to the plants of the places of origin, such as the gigantic specimen of Ficus magnolioides.
    Among the curiosities we mention the bottle tree (Chorisia speciosa), the soap tree (Sapindus mukorossi), so called because the fruits contain saponin and therefore used, in the countries of origin - East Asia and the Himalaya - as a detergent.
    Various aquatic plants thrive in the Aquarium, including various species of water lilies and the characteristic lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera).
    And more.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Mercato Ballaro, Vicolo Del Carmelo, 90134, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    With over 1000 years of history, the Ballarò market is one of the oldest testimonies still existing in Palermo.
    It rises in the hugely popular district of Albergheria and over the years has been able to develop, while always maintaining its unmistakable style.
    Among the stalls and small shops of the Ballarò you can buy meat, fresh fish, fruit and vegetables at km 0, coming directly from the Palermo countryside, and still cheeses, typical products, sweets.
    In addition to the classic stalls, there are many places where you can sit and eat typical dishes with very affordable prices.
    Ballarò is also famous for many prestigious monuments that are located inside, such as the Tower of S. Nicolò which allows you to have a 360 ° panoramic view of Palermo, the Church of Carmine Maggiore and the Chamber of Wonders.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Norman Palace, Piazza Indipendenza 1, 90129, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    Among the most visited buildings in all of Sicily, the Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo is the oldest royal residence in Europe, today the seat of the Sicilian regional assembly.
    Inside there are several courtyards, including the Cortile Maqueda, and the Cortile della Fontana.
    The patio leads to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, while on the first level there is the Palatine Chapel. Many of the works of art contained in the Palace, with masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries by Francesco Lojacono, Antonino Leto, Joan Mirò and Renato Guttuso.

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Stop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 90040, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    The Cathedral of Palermo, the most characteristic building in the city. Its construction dates back to 1184 by the will of Archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed into heaven.
    Since 3 July 2015 it is part of the World Heritage Site (Unesco).

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Quattro Canti, Corso Vittorio Emanuelle Via Maqueda, 90100, Palermo, Sicily Italy

    You will be left in Piazza Pretoria, from where you can admire the main churches, including the La Martora-na church, San Cataldo church, San Giuseppe dei Teatini church, the Fontana della Vergogna and the four corners.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Porto di Palermo, Italy
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Panormus Autoservizi

Activity ID: V-165028P72

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