A guided tour through Palermo’s historical city center, to discover the past of the city, without leaving aside any references to the present and questions about the future.
Not available: Easter Sunday
Start time: 10:00 am
Duration: 3 hours
Participants: minimum 2, maximum 10
The price includes: licensed tour guide service
Meeting point: Piazza Indipendenza, entrance to Palatine Chapel.
Languages: visit may be conducted in Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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.
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Palermo through the Ages | Weekend in Italy
"A short walk through the long history of the city"
Since its inception, Palermo has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures that followed one another over the centuries, leaving an indelible mark both on the physical structure and on the soul of the city.
This guided tour - a short walk of little more than one kilometer (just under 1 mile) from Porta Nuova to Porta Felice - will describe the many changes that have taken place over time. Strolling along the ancient Cassaro and its side alleys, you will take a trip into the past of the city, without forgetting its present and imagining its future.
Punctuated by significant encounters with old and new inhabitants of the historical center, your guided tour allows you to immerse yourself into the essence of Palermo and the Palermitans - from the Phoenician roots to the Roman villas and the Arab-Norman Cathedral (which was an Arab mosque before), from late Renaissance to Baroque and neoclassical architecture, to the traces of Garibaldi and his troops (whose military campaigns eventually led to the Italian unification) and the wounds left by the allied bombs of 1943, and graffiti street art.
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.