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Monreale and Cefalù are two cities part of the Arab-Norman Itinerary of Unesco. We start the tour with one hour Stop in Monreale where you will have a free visit of the Cathedral and the Cloister. Photo Stop of the town of Palermo from the top of Monreale.After a drive along the northeast coast, the tour will arrive in Cefalù in one hour.In Cefalù there will be 2 hours free visit to the Duomo, the Osterio Magno, Porta Terra square, Medieval lavatory, Mandralisca Museum and the historical centre. After visiting Cefalu, back to Palermo and the driver will drop you off to your hotelPlease note that the guide is included with a minimum of 13 passengers.
Meet your guide at the Bus Terminal of Taormina and board your air-conditioned coach for your journey west across the island to Palermo, Sicily’s main town. Relax and admire the scenery as you travel, arriving in Palermo after roughly three hours on the road.Stretch your legs on a walking tour of the city center – an area teeming with impressive art and ruins. Hear the history of the Arab-Norman monuments scattered through town, and how Palermo was Sicily’s capital under both sets of rulers. When the Normans seized power from the Arabs in the 11th century, they were so fascinated by their predecessor’s architectural legacy that they continued to include elements of Arabic style in their building designs.Visit Piazza Bellini to see the La Martorana church – famed for its spectacular mosaics – and then stop for photos outside Palermo Cathedral with its elegant Arabic arches and blue-gray dome. Amble through the Baroque square of Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena), and head into Piazza Pretoria to admire its 16th-century fountains and palazzi. The city is popular for its colorful markets. Visit Il Capo to saunter around the labyrinth of alleyways, browsing heaving stalls of fresh food and Arabic handicrafts. Spend time at leisure after your market visit, and relax at a cafe of your choice for lunch (own expense). If you want to visit the nearby town of Monreale, your guide can arrange transport for you at an additional cost.Both groups meet back at a prearranged point for the journey to Cefalù, roughly an hour away. One of the sweetest Sicilian seaside towns, Cefalù boasts a historical town center comprising a maze of narrow alleyways strung with washing hung out to dry. Its standout attraction is Cefalù Cathedral, famous for its Mosaic of Christ Pantocractor – a stunning Byzantine mosaic that’s considered as one of the most important pieces of religious artwork in Sicily. Head inside to marvel at the feature with your guide.After exploring the town with your guide and at leisure, return to your coach and travel back to Taormina. Your tour then finishes back at the start point.
Through our exclusive Tour + Transfer, we will take you directly from your accommodation to discover the underground cemetery of the Capuchin monks and go on a journey through time and space to a mysterious and absolutely fascinating world. Alongside its incredible collection of skeletons and mummified bodies, the Catacombs of the Capuchin Friars host a mass of documents and information that have enabled us to reconstruct and understand the traditions and customs of a society of the past. After visiting the Catacombs with a guide, you will head for the Cathedral of Monreale, once part of a self-sufficient fortified complex that included a royal palace, an episcopate and an abbey. Located on the slopes of Mount Caputo, the complex of Monreale was surrounded by crenellated walls interspersed with defensive towers and embellished with geometric inlays that could be admired from the Conca d'Oro below. The Cloister, with its colorful mosaics is considered to be built in its kind. The Cathedral of Monreale has maintained its original configuration and its origins of "ecclesia munita", emphasized by the two mighty square towers that stand on both sides of the facade. A coffee break with typical Sicilian products and transfer to your accommodation is included in the tour price.
Start the tour with a pickup from your Hotel in Palermo, and drive to Unesco city of Monreale to visit the Cathedral and the Cloister of Benedictines .Go back to Palermo and stop to the Catacombs of Palermo to discover the Mummification method invented by the Cappuccini Monks .After the Catacombs you will go to Piazza Indipendenza to see Palazzo dei Normanni — once the seat of the Kings of Sicily — and Visit the Royal Palace and the Palatine Chapel.It's time to enter into the old section of the city Through the arch of Porta Nuova .Take a look at royal garden and stop to visit the Cathedral of Palermo .Continue the tour with the visit of Capo Market one of the old markets of Palermo famous for the street food .After the visit of the market you will see the Opera house ( Teatro Massimo ) and arrive to the " 4 Canti " center of the old section of the Palermo , you will see the fountain of the shame and Vincenzo Bellini Square with his 3 churches : San Cataldo , Martorana and Santa Caterina .End of the Tour.Please Note that the Guide is include with minimum 13 participants.
After pickup from select Cefalu hotels and locations by coach, relax on the scenic 1-hour drive along the Tyrrhenian coast to Monreale, on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Monreale was named for the once numerous citrus orchards that dotted the fertile La Conca d’Oro valley below.Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world, built as a royal complex in the 12th century. The exterior of the cathedral is rather unassuming, but step inside to be mesmerized by towering arches, glorious golden mosaics and famous artworks. Follow your cathedral tour with some free time to explore the town and enjoy views over the valley.Hop on the coach for a quick drive to Palermo, situated in a wide Tyrrhenian bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s capital, teeming with impressive art and ruins, Byzantine buildings and Baroque churches. Learn why there are so many Arab-Norman monuments scattered throughout the city, a legacy of both dynasties ruling in Palermo.Visit Piazza Bellini to see La Martorana church, one of Palermo's most famous Norman churches with spectacular Byzantine mosaics inside. Pause for photos outside of Palermo Cathedral, with its elegant Arabic arches and blue-gray dome.After some free time, continue to Teatro Massimo, the opera house, and then saunter through colorful Ballarò Street Market or Mercato di Capo to browse heaving stalls of fresh food and Arabic handicrafts.Then, enjoy some free time for lunch — choose from a variety of local restaurants and cafes to enjoy a traditional Sicilian meal (own expense). In the afternoon, head to the fascinating Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, built in the 16th century by Palermo’s Capuchin monastery. Originally intended as a burial crypt for monks, the catacombs became a status symbol for Sicilian society. Follow your guide through a spooky web of subterranean passages featuring some 8,000 mummified bodies still dressed in their absolute best. Back above ground, hop in the coach for your return drive to Cefalu. Your tour concludes in the evening when you arrive back at the departure point.
The tour will start from our meeting point located in Palermo, where the driver will pick you up. A short drive (approximately 30 minutes) will take you to Monreale, to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of his glory with the Duomo (admission fees are not included). Launched in 1174 by William II, it represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments, all in golden mosaics. We will provide a licensed guide if the group will be minimum 6 people; for groups from 1 to 5, the visit inside Monreale Dome will be independent.After the visit of the Dome (approximately 30 minutes), transfer to Palermo and walking tour of the city center. The walking tour will start with the lively Ballarò market, a place overflowing with beautiful fresh fish, local vegetables and cheeses. Originating from the era when Sicily was occupied by the Moors, this 1000 years old market has run much in the same manner for centuries. It has strong Arab influences, resembling an eastern souk, and these influences are also evident in the merchandise itself. Next to mounds of ricotta and caciocavallo cheeses, barrels of olives and fat slabs of swordfish sit saffron and other spices, as well as sacks of beans and gorgeous indigenous fruit and local vegetables. Here you have the opportunity to taste a typical palermitano dish, such as the famous Panelle (a thin paste of crushed ceci/garbanzo beans rolled into sheets, fried and served in pizza-like slices).Then we walk to Piazza Preoria and the famous "Four Corners" converge in a quartet of Baroque palaces from the climax of the Spanish rule dating from 1560. The short stroll will continue through Via Maqueda with the external view of Massimo Theater (The Opera House) and Politeama Theater. The tour will end in Piazza Ruggero Settimo.