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Category: Walking tours
Palermo Walking Tour - Choose your discovery tour with our guidesMORNING (wed & sat) 9:30 am, Teatro Massimo (meeting...
Palermo Walking Tour - Choose your discovery tour with our guidesMORNING (wed & sat) 9:30 am, Teatro Massimo (meeting point)After a short walk, we will enter the heart of the historic market, U Capu, where history, tradition and street food mix with the voices and faces of the people of Palermo, there we can find a newly restored baroque beauty, the church of the Immaculate Conception. Through alleys, palaces and ancient legends we come to the Norman Cathedral with the tomb of Frederick II of Swabia and the silver “Vara” of Santa Rosalia. Among the gardens of Villa Bonanno and the ancient ruins of the Paleopolis there is the Royal Palace which houses 3000 years of our history and the splendid mosaics of the Palatine Chapel in which the Arabs, Byzantines and Normans shared their knowledge, esoteric secrets, habits and life with great tolerance. Walking along the ancient fortifications we will take a picture of St. John of the Hermits, a beautiful Arab-Norman building, with its particular domes. Discovering medieval quarters, Spanish facades and courtyards of the historic Mansions a surprise visit will introduce you to the Hebrew Palermo. Finally here we are at The Four Corners for a new cultural experience, visit St. Joseph of the Theatines, potent antagonists of the Jesuits.BREAK 1:00 pm Break and free time for lunch a few steps from the focaccerie, old Taverns, gourmet restaurants and street food.AFTERNOON (wed & fri) 3:00 pm, The Four Corners (meeting point)Let’s meet at the four corners to finish up near the sea-front at 6 pm. The famous Pretorian Fountain, also called the fountain “of Shame” is the setting for some popular stories. From the Piazza Bellini and the impressive tour of San Cataldo of the Order of the Knights of Malta (XII century), we will cross the tiny streets of the Corporations of artisans to reach St. Francis of Assisi and its treasures from the 1300 to the Baroque period. From there, we’ll discover the richest and darkest centuries of Sicilian history between the social criticism of the Serpotta’s stuccos in the Oratory of San Lorenzo to the terraces of the famous movie “The Leopard”, and then to the noble furnishings, collections and stables of Palazzo Mirto. In the shade of the ancient Ficus Magnolioides of Marina Square in another surprise visit we will follow footsteps of the Holy Inquisition. Our walk ends in the old port district of La Cala where we will eat the traditional Sicilian cannoli and gelati.Palermo Walking tour