Today you are greeted at Palermo hotel (handled on your own) and driven to Monreale to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Dome, launched in 1174 by William II, that represents the scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics.
Then onto Cefalù, a charming coastal town that offers a great deal, including sandy beaches, winding Mediaeval streets flanked with all manner of shops and a massive Norman Cathedral with outstanding mosaics.
Later we drive back to Palermo to explore a large open air street market (Capo or Ballarò) that captures the flavor of Palermo’s Saracen Arab past. This lively market is a blend of general confusion and a jumble of vendors’ stalls, winding toward the old gate of what used to be the city wall.
This afternoon we continue by seeing Piazza Pretoria and Via Maqueda, whose “four corners” converge Palermo at a quartet of baroque palaces left over from the heyday of Spanish rule dating from 1560. Later return to the hotel.
Monreale: Gold Mosaic’s Scene from the Old and New Testaments
Cefalù: Sicily coastal Town with a massive Norman Cathedral
Palermo: Sicily’s Vibrant Capital
This tour is operated with English speaking Driver.
Some areas can only be visited on foot.
Licensed local guide is not included.
TOUR CODE: PMOCEFMON