Today you are greeted at Palermo hotel and driven to Monreale to see with your expert Guide where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Dome (Admission fee: not included). Launched in 1174 by William II, it represents the scenes from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics.
Later we will drive back to Palermo to start the walking tour which can be adapted to include as much as possible having the opportunity to choose according with the guide a good panoramic point of the main highlights.
Explore a large open air street market (Capo or Ballarò) that captures the flavor of Palermo’s Saracen Arab past. Enjoy a local street food tasting inside the market. Then continue by seeing “four corners” that converge Palermo at a quartet of baroque palaces left over from the heyday of Spanish rule dating from 1560, Piazza Pretoria and Via Maqueda. Explore also Piazza Marina where you can choose to visit Palazzo Chiaramonte and Palazzo Mirto (Admission fee: not included)
The tour ends at Piazza Verdi (Massimo Opera Theatre square). Independent transfer to the hotel.
Private full day tour, pick-up included. Drop-off not included.
English speaking licensed local Guide: full day
Private vehicle and Driver at disposal: half day.
Walking tour: half day.
Some areas can only be visited on foot.
Monreale: Gold Mosaic’s Scene from the Old and New Testaments
Palermo: Sicily’s Vibrant Capital
TOUR CODE: PMOMON