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Piazza & Fontana Pretoria
Piazza & Fontana Pretoria

Piazza & Fontana Pretoria

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Palermo’s most famous piazza, the Piazza Pretoria, is just a few steps from the busy Quattro Canti - but a world away in terms of the kind of piazza experience it delivers.

The centerpiece of the Piazza Pretoria is the fountain, known as the Fontana Pretoria. It’s huge, designed in the 1550s by a sculptor from Florence named Camilliani. The fountain was originally commissioned for a private villa in Tuscany, but was gifted to the city of Palermo in 1574. City officials had razed several homes to make way for a grand fountain, meant to show off Palermo’s impressive city plumbing, but locals weren’t quite prepared for the fountain’s decorations when it was unveiled.

There are 16 figures on the Fontana Pretoria, all of which are entirely or partially nude, that circle the fountain. There is no side from which you can simply enjoy the water itself without seeing a nude statue - which many Palermitans in the late 16th century found scandalous. There are two churches facing the Piazza Pretoria - Santa Caterina and San Giuseppe dei Teatini - which may have added to the perceived inappropriate nature of the fountain’s decor.

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Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

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Capital of Sicily, Palermo is a city of rich history and impressive architecture—with hidden secrets round every corner. On this bike tour, hop onto the saddle, escape the tourist trail with your guide, and see sides of Palermo many visitors miss. Spin along peaceful back-streets and through pretty squares, sample Sicilian street food, and experience life in Palermo away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.31
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$54.31
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Palermo Segway Tour

Palermo Segway Tour

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Forget your feet and abandon the automobile, the best way to see Palermo is via Segway. Smoothly cruise around town upright and on two wheels with your expert guide going from legendary landmark to spectacular site, and stopping at each spot to learn about its history. Head through the bustling Capo Market where some of the best street food in Sicily is sold, pass by the Gallery of Modern Art and discover the rich architectural heritage of a town that has been strongly influenced through the centuries by everyone from the Arabs to the Vikings.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.19
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Full day tour of Palermo, Monreale and Mondello

Full day tour of Palermo, Monreale and Mondello

The tour was organized to admire the beauty of the Arab Norman itinerary of Palermo and its markets and historic alleys (Cathedral, Palatine Chapel, Piazza Pretoria, Quattro Canti, Martorana Church, Teatro Massimo, Mercato Ballaro '), visit of Monreale with its extraordinary Duomo and finally stop in the wonderful seaside resort of Mondello with its famous beach and Liberty style villas
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$191.31
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Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

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See two of northern Sicily’s most characterful destinations when you embark on this full-day trip from Palermo. In the morning, your guide picks you up from your accommodation; board an air-conditioned minivan and head to the medieval village of Castelbuono, located in the Madonie Mountains. See the Castle of Ventimiglia and visit a local pastry shop before continuing to Cefalù, home to a UNESCO-listed cathedral and impeccable seaside views.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$302.40
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Palermo city half day tour

Palermo city half day tour

The tour was organized to admire the beauties of the historic center of Palermo with its marvelous Cathedral, Castello della Zisa and the renowned Capuchin Catacombs. Finally stop at Porta Carbone with street food tasting (Panelle, Crocchè Panino con Milza)
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$154.29
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Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina

Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina

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Say arrivaderci for the day to Taormina and spend some time in Palermo and Cefalù on this intriguing guided day trip. Discover the unique architecture, influenced by the Normans and the Arabs, and learn about the long and interesting history of both places. With your expert local guide, stroll the streets of both cities, taking in the Il Capo market in Palermo and the main cathedral in Cefalù.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.89
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$67.89
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Discover Palermo

Discover Palermo

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Walking tour in the heart of the city of Palermo, discovering historical markets, churches and squares. A journey through the history and culture of a unique city in the world.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.87
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$36.87

Palermo Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

Palermo Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

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Maximize your time in Palermo port with this 3-hour Segway sightseeing tour. Simply step on the electric, self-balancing Segway, and then glide behind a guide as you explore the streets of Palermo. Hop off to take photos, learn about the city’s history and see a multitude of sights. The Gallery of Modern Art, Capos Market and the Palace of the Normans are just a few Palermo landmarks on the list.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.19
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$122.19
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3-Days Tour to discover Western Sicily: Culture, Colors & Flavors, from Palermo

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3-Days Tour to discover Western Sicily: Culture, Colors & Flavors, from Palermo

This tour aims to offer a complete experience for both your eyes and your palate. You will visit some of the most beautiful places, cities, villages in Western Sicily: rich in history, culture and art. Palermo, Monreale, Mondello, Erice, Segesta, Trapani, Cefalù, Castelbuono, The Saline with Their different colors. You will taste the typical Cannoli, the Marsala, the Almond sweets in Erice, the cheeses and the artisanal Salami in Castelbuono, the street food in Palermo, fish dishes in Trapani and the foods that made us famous in the world. This is a private and exclusive tour, you will only be in the group, there will be no other people. We will be out of the normal tourist circuits, we will visit isolated, peaceful and safe places.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$866.47
$962.74
$96.27 savings
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$962.74
$96.27 savings
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Best Excursion in western Sicily to Erice, Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

Best Excursion in western Sicily to Erice, Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

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Explore Western Sicily from Palermo easily without having to rent a car with this tour of Erice, Trapani, and the salt flats. Travel comfortably from stop to stop by air-conditioned minivan as a guide tells you all about the area and its history as you go. Plus, round-trip transport from your Palermo hotel is included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$283.89
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Full Day Excursion Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

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Full Day Excursion Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

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On this two-for-one, full-day private tour, you’ll discover top historical sights in both Monreale—famous for its mosaic-filled 12th-century cathedral—and stunning, seaside Cefalù. Travel comfortably by air-conditioned minivan, with bottled water and hotel transfers included. You’ll also enjoy free time to browse local boutiques.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.94
$277.71
$27.77 savings
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Palermo Monreale Cefalù from Siracusa

Palermo Monreale Cefalù from Siracusa

Enjoy a lovely day in our special tour: Arab-Norman UNESCO World Heritage in Sicily, our professional licensed guides accompany you in this pleasant day: + Visit the most beautiful Cathedral in Italy with finest gold and silver glass mosaics + Visit the secret cloister with splendid columns in Monreale + Discover the best of Palermo, from street food to elegant baroque architecture + Admire the biggest theatre in Italy, Teatro Massimo + Make a wish with Genius of Palermo + Stroll in the street market + Visit Cefalù, an elegant sea borgo with amazing history and gorgious views
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$987.43
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$987.43
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One Day Book Photography

One Day Book Photography

Photo book among the streets, the monuments and the historic center of Palermo. Photographs will be taken and files will be delivered by email address in high resolution. The number of shots varies depending on the request but in any case it does not have a limited number of photos.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.71
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$200.71

Wonders of Palermo: the new walking tour of Palermo Wonders!

Wonders of Palermo: the new walking tour of Palermo Wonders!

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We are three siblings: Mauro, Marcella and Alberto Amato: official local guides, born and raised in Palermo.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.20
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$43.20
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Palermo Best Private Tour

Palermo Best Private Tour

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The tour the Arab-Norman and Baroque Palermo, is the classic itinerary to learn about the beauties and the main wonders of the historic center of Palermo, the largest in Europe. The tour winds through rich monumental squares, Arab-Norman churches, Baroque churches, on a journey of about 2 km on foot, and lasts about 3 hours.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.37
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$49.37

Palermo Sightseeing con fiat 500 vintage!!!

Palermo Sightseeing con fiat 500 vintage!!!

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Drive a vintage Fiat 500!! Two and a half hours on a panoramic tour of Palermo and surroundings. A return to the past on small colored cars that move slowly through the city. We will drive along the Marina to get to the market of Ballarò. A quick stop to familiarise with the culture, traditions and habits of the Palermitani. We will park the car to reach the church of Casa Professa, Piazza Bellini and Piazza Pretoria. The tour will continue following the Arab Norman itinerary. Next stop will be the Norman Palace and the Cathedral. Monreale will be our next stop to see the Cathedral and Palermo from the belvedere. It's time to come back to Palermo, a photo in front of the Teatro Massimo. Our tour will end at the Cala harbor. We will stop in one of the oldest bars in Palermo for a little sweet treat!The experience that I propose involves all the senses. Tastes, colors, sounds that can hardly be forgotten. Well it all happens on a Fiat 500 !!!!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.51
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$97.51
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Tuk tuk ride, ape car

Tuk tuk ride, ape car

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The ape car tour allows us in a short time, given the small size of the vehicle, to get to know them most hidden corners of the city in a very comfortable and nice way making a summary of the city! With the possibility for those who have more time to be able to customize their tours.
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  • 1 minute to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.75
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Palermo Traditional Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience

Palermo Traditional Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience

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Explore the historic center of Palermo and stop to taste carefully selected local delicacies. Expect to make 5 different stops over the course of 3 hours as you chat with your knowledgeable guide about Sicilian history and culture. Learn about the preparation of various dishes, the stories behind Palermo restaurants, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.53
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$76.53
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Chef-led Palermo Market Tours

Chef-led Palermo Market Tours

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What makes this experience stand apart from others is the benefit of having a chef by your side. As someone who shops daily in the markets, I have the expertise and experience to properly explain the importance of seasonal and regional cuisine, traditional recipes, and the island's most treasured artisanal products. Our interactions with trusted purveyors are enjoyable because the people we work with and choose to support are kind, knowledgable, and reliable. Personal connections are very important here in Sicily. Respect for the people, culture, and land are our utmost priorities.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.15
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$188.15

Walking Tour and street food Tour Palermo

Walking Tour and street food Tour Palermo

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My group walking tour is a mix of history, art, monuments and food tasting. In the first part of the Walking Tour we will visit the old town with its monuments and churches, and in the second part we will explore the big food market where we will taste the famous street food of Palermo (as arancini, fresh juice, cannoli, etc). This group tour is in english and italian. Il mio tour di gruppo e' un mix di storia, arte, monumenti e assaggio di cibo di strada tipico. Nella prima parte del tour visiteremo il centro storico con I suoi monumenti e chiese e nella seconda parte del tour visiteremo il grande mercato all'aperto dove si potranno assaggiare I prodotti tipici dello street food palermitano come l'arancina, le spremute fresche, il cannolo, ecc. Questo tour di gruppo e' in inglese ed in italiano.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.20
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$43.20
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Palermo wine tour

Palermo wine tour

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A relaxing walking tour at sunset around the Kalsa district guided by a local tour guide and wine expert. Try 6 different sicilian wines, from vino spumante to structured reds. A great introduction to the Sicilian world of wines! Discover stories and facts not available on guidebooks. See places you wouldn't probably find on your own. Step in local wine bars with locally produced foods (eg. extravergine olive oil, almonds, country cheese) and comfortably sit in suggestive corners of the old city while listening to your guide's stories and presentations. Our small group policy make the wine experience intimate and enjoyable.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.57
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$92.57
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Tour Palermo & Monreale from Punta Raisi Airport

Tour Palermo & Monreale from Punta Raisi Airport

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The tour was organized to admire the beauty of the Arab Norman itinerary of Palermo and its markets and historic alleys (Cathedral, Palatine Chapel, Piazza Pretoria, Quattro Canti, Martorana Church, Teatro Massimo, Mercato Ballaro '), visit of Monreale with its extraordinary Duomo and finally stop in the wonderful seaside resort of Mondello with its famous beach and Liberty style villas
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$246.86
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$246.86
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Food and culture in Palermo!

Food and culture in Palermo!

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Walking tour of good food, art and culture, explaining everything from the birth of the city step by step to today's markets, in a simple but passionate way ... with excellent street food.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.84
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Cultural and experiential visit of Sicily

Cultural and experiential visit of Sicily

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The passion for my land the uniqueness of places to visit that make it a place of great culture
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Piazza & Fontana Pretoria costs USD 12.66. Guided Piazza & Fontana Pretoria tours start around USD 12.66 per person. See all 50 Piazza & Fontana Pretoria tickets and tours on Viator.