Today you are greeted at Trapani port 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 and represent the scene from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Then on to Palermo to explore a large lively open air street Market that captures the flavor of Palermo’s Saracen Arab past. This market is a blend of general confusion and a jumble of vendors’ stalls, winding toward one of the old gates 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. Time at leisure for shopping before returning to Trapani port.
This excursion is also feasible with pick-up and drop-off in Trapani Hotel. Please specify Hotel name or Cruise Schedule at time of booking.
Monreale: Gold Mosaic’s Scene from the Old and New Testaments
Palermo: Sicily’s Vibrant Capital
TOUR CODE: TPSPMOMON