Tour with pedal assisted bicycles to discover the wonders of one of the nine sites of the Norman Arab Route of Palermo: the Cathedral of Monreale. Together with a local authorized guide, you can experience the local history and enjoy the Conca D'Oro’s view from unforgettable corners. The tour brings you along waterways and local food flavours, mosaics and Norman stories.KEY ATTRACTIONS • Pedal assisted tour to reach the Monte Reale • Arab-Norman itinerary • Breath-taking view on the Conca D'oro • Local mosaic artists
Meeting point is Social Bike Shop: Discesa dei Giudici. We are a few steps away from the Quattro Canti square, the real and symbolic centre of Palermo old town.We leave Palermo pedalling through the Cassaro quarter, the current Corso Vittorio Emanuele, to cycle along the Corso dell'Uscibene, the street that historically joins Porta Nuova of Palermo with Monreale, and that is today called Corso Calatafimi. Learning about local history and following the history path, we will meet the water way that will take us up to Monreale, through Norman buildings and Phoenician Necropolis. Once in Monreale, we will stop in the main square to visit the Duomo. It is famous for its sparkling unique mosaics and therefore it is a UNESCO site. We will also visit the cloister behind the church, it is famous for its spiral columns. We will continue the tour enjoying the panorama that Monreale offers overviewing the Conca D’oro of Palermo from various belvederes. We will get a chance to talk with the local mosaicists that will show us the secrets of their craft. Our tour includes a must for Monreale visitors: the warm flavour of "Pane Cunzatu", made with local ingredients by the town’s bakeries. We will then be pedalling towards the Giudecca to end our discovery of all the secrets of a "Monte Reale" that has hosted theNorman people since their arrival in the island.