SHORE EXCURSION: INSIDER’S PALERMO TOUR: 8 Hours
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Palermo Private Tours Includes: Private guide, private transportation, taxes, tolls and parking.
See Palermo through the eyes of your local expert tour guide who proudly calls Palermo home.
This special shore excursion of Palermo showcases some of the most unusual monuments in the world. You will start at Piazza Pretoria with its beautiful Renaissance fountain originally built for a villa near Florence: a unique sight given its location in the heart of an Arab-Norman city. You will continue your stroll of central Palermo, otherwise known as Quattro Canti, to visit the town cathedral. This magnificent building was erected on the site of the old cathedral, transformed into a mosque by the Arabs and re-consecrated as a Christian church by the Norman kings. The nearby Church of La Martorana weds two unlikely eras of architecture: the severe 12th century Norman and the frivolous Baroque styles. Then prepare yourself for a rather shocking sight at the Capuchin Catacombs: 8,000 mummified bodies dressed in their Sunday best clothes propped up against the catacomb walls. Next, you’ll visit Zisa Castle, commissioned by the Norman King William I yet built by Muslim architects.
In the afternoon, you will drive to the town of Bagheria, famous for its Baroque villas. You will visit the most unusual of the bunch, built by the Prince of Palagonia, who was obsessed with monsters and mirrors.
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