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Piazza & Fontana Pretoria Tours and Activities

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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
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$54.25
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$54.25
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CSTRents - Palermo Segway PT Authorized Tour

CSTRents - Palermo Segway PT Authorized 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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$122.06
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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
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$43.15
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$43.15
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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
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$122.06
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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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$302.07
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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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$191.10
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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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$154.12
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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
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$283.57
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$283.57
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Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo

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Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo

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Explore the historic center of Palermo on a 3-hour walking tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Learn about the city’s history as you see landmarks including Teatro Massimo, the Palermo Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Palermo (Palazzo dei Normanni)— part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop by the Chiesa del Gesù (Casa Professa), an elaborate 16th-century church, and view the Palazzo Pretorio (Palace of the Eagles). Stroll around the Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini, and browse tempting treats in renowned food markets that offer Sicilian cuisine.
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  • 3 hours
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$31.44
$36.99
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A walk among the monuments and markets of Palermo

A walk among the monuments and markets of Palermo

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The tour explores both the historical, architectural and cultural aspects of the city. Through the visit of the main monuments and tastings of typical local products (street food) you will be able to grasp the essence of the city.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$34.52
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$34.52
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3-Days Tour to discover Western Sicily: Culture, Colors & Flavors, from Palermo

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
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$961.68
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Full Day Exclusive Excursion to Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

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Full Day Exclusive Excursion to 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
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$249.67
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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
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$36.83
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$36.83

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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$76.44
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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
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$1,011.64
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$1,011.64
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Experience in Fiat 500 Vintage with panoramic flight

Experience in Fiat 500 Vintage with panoramic flight

 Experience that involves all the senses for breathtaking scenery. Flavors, colors, sounds that can hardly be forgotten. Well it all happens on a Fiat 500 !!!! Symbol of Italianness and the good life, with the incomparable charm given by the delicious "reinterpretation" made by master craftsmen skilled in the automotive sector, it will allow your customers to drive, not only in places of interest, but also in food and wine routes, allowing you to know small realities, inserted in rural contexts that today more than ever attract lovers of healthy and good living. Historic cars that move, admired by all, in what is their future, remind the older ones of their first driving experiences, the first cars purchased in families, the first trips out of town while the little ones are fascinated by pastel colors and from the round shapes of a small car, which appears as a toy within their reach.
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  • 4 hours
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$90.23
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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
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$44.26
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Street Food Walking Tour in Palermo

Street Food Walking Tour in Palermo

Explore the Sicilian capital by foot, tasting the region’s culinary bounty along the way. Meet your local guide who will show you the highlights of the city including Pretoria fountain, Piazza Bellini, the upper Cassaro (the oldest street in Sicily), and the Cathedral of Palermo. Then make your way to the Cape Market where you can sample Italian specialties and take in the loud, colorful food scene.
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  • 3 hours
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$166.44
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6 days guided tour of Sicily: the nortwest from Trapani to Cefalù

6 days guided tour of Sicily: the nortwest from Trapani to Cefalù

Among our tours of Sicily with this one you can take the opportunity to explore the Northwestern side of the island: be enchanted by the Salt Pans of Trapani, Erice, Palermo, Cefalù & Monreale, capitals of the Arab-Norman heritage of Sicily. Start visiting the nature reserve of the Salt pans of Trapani, a unique place where it’s still preserved the old tradition of the salt extraction and continue with Erice, where you can discover the old medieval village and the castle. Don’t forget to taste the typical local cookies. You will discover also the capital of Sicily, Palermo, where you have the opportunity to admire the monuments that testify the Arab and Norman dominations in Sicily. Nearby Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale, are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Sicily. Their charming Cathedrals keeps inside mosaic decorations dating back from the XII century. In the last day, we’ll go to Caccamo, where one of the largest and best-preserved medieval castles in Sicily stands.
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  • 6 days
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$1,599.64
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Palermo private shore excursion with Palatine Chapel ticket

Palermo private shore excursion with Palatine Chapel ticket

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Skip the crowded, hurried shore excursions on this private experience in Palermo. Explore the city streets as your guided shares insights into the history and architecture. Skip the long lines at the Palatine Chapel, Sicily's most-visited monument, before continuing to more must-see sites before returning to the port in time for your ship.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$345.22
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$345.22
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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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$200.49
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$200.49

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
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$97.40
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$97.40
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Historical markets and street food - Historical markets and street food

Historical markets and street food - Historical markets and street food

The way to say 'speak how you eat is more than right for Palermo. Gastronomy here has its roots in Arab domination. Typical food is poor food. That's why Palermo is queen of street food. Going through colorful historical markets and most monumental places in the center, you will discover the culture that hides behind these delicious foods, from salty to sweet. Find my contacts on my site. I am Angela Salplaggio, licensed guide. In Italy we have a way of saying: 'talk as you eat'. Languages and foods reveal our cultures. Palermo's gastronomy has its roots in the arab domination. Typical food is poor food. This is why Palermo is the king of street food. .Passing through colorful historical markets and the most monumental places of the old town, you will discover the culture that lies behind these delicious foods, from salty to sweet ones.You can find my contacts on my website.I'm Angela Sal Platform, licensed tourist guide
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$154.12
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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
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$46.79
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Piazza & Fontana Pretoria can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 47 Piazza & Fontana Pretoria tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Piazza & Fontana Pretoria costs USD 12.65. Guided Piazza & Fontana Pretoria tours start around USD 12.65 per person. See all 47 Piazza & Fontana Pretoria tickets and tours on Viator.
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