With this guided tour, you’ll discover the popular markets of Ballarò and Capo, and meet the history of Palermo through the gastronomic tradition!
Duration: 3 hours
Available on: Sunday
Starting time: 10:00 am
Not available: Easter Sunday
Participants: minimum 2, maximum 10
Meeting point: Piazza Verdi, in front of the entrance of the Teatro Massimo.
Languages available: Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish.
Please note: comfortable shoes are recommended.
- planning of the itinerary
- guided by professional tour guide licensed by the region of Sicily
- tasting experience (5 tastings of traditional Palermo street food)
Price does not include:
- entrance fees to monuments, churches and anything not explicitly mentioned under "price includes"
Reservations must be made at least 1 business day in advance.
- Cancellation possible up to 1 day prior to the start of the tour (included).
- No refund is possible for cancellations made later and for no-shows.
Before You Book
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Labyrinth of the Senses: Markets of Palermo | Weekend in Italy
The markets of Palermo, such as those of the Capo or Ballarò neighborhoods, reveal the pulsating life of the Sicilian capital. Walking between the stands and the hollering vendors, you enter a world as ancient as the history of the island.
The fish, with its many shades of blue and gray, the ice that keeps it fresh, the skins of fruits and vegetables thrown on the ground, the multitude of regular customers in the market, the scent of fried chickpea fritters (panelle) and pane ca'meusa (soft buns stuffed with chopped veal's lung and spleen that have been boiled and then fried) - how could one not remain open-mouthed in front of this spectacle?
This triumph of the senses is a reminder of the long history of this town, but also illustrates its current history: the Capo market remains almost exclusively attended by Palermitans, while the African community is much more present in Ballarò, adding a colourful multi ethnic aspect.
Let us take you through this labyrinth of the senses - you’ll meet Palermo through its gastronomic tradition, as tastings are included!
Itinerary by Chiara Utro and Enrica Bruno, tour guides.
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation we can refund the cost of unused tickets minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee) up to 1 business day before the visit. No refund is possible for a cancellation less than 24 hours before the visit, and for no-shows.