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palermo guided tours

PALERMO ARAB NORMANNA - UNESCO ITINERARY

 

A guided tour in the historic center of Palermo to discover the beautiful monuments of the Arab-Norman itinerary, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015. An itinerary among extraordinary artistic masterpieces dating back to the twelfth century, evidence of a golden age in the history of Palermo and the whole of Sicily: under the direction of the Norman crown splendid golden mosaics of Byzantine inspiration blend with Islamic architecture to create a unique style in the world.

 

WHAT TO VISIT: Royal Palace and Palatine Chapel, Cathedral, Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (La Martorana), Church of San Cataldo

DURATION: 4 hours

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MONREALE AND ITS GOLDEN CATHEDRAL

An itinerary in the splendid Cathedral of Monreale declared in 2015 World Heritage by UNESCO and included in the Arab-Norman itinerary along with the monuments of Palermo and the Cathedral of Cefalù. A guided tour to discover the Cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova commissioned by the last Norman king William II, called 'the Good', at the end of the twelfth century and the beautiful cloister, a place of rare beauty that surprises visitors for the variety of the columns and capitals that decorate the porch, in which even today we perceive an atmosphere of deep spirituality and silence.

WHAT TO VISIT: Cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova and Cloister of Monreale

DURATION: 3 hours

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AGRIGENTO VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES

An itinerary in the archaeological area of Agrigento "the city of the gods", declared in 1997 World Heritage by UNESCO. The guided tour of ancient Akragas, founded in 580 BC, is a journey through time through a thousand-year history that preserves monumental evidence of the Greek colonial system, the Roman city and the medieval period.  The remains of the magnificent Doric temples that dominate the ancient city represent one of the most significant testimonies of Greek civilization and architecture in the West.

 

WHAT TO VISIT: Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, Archaeological Museum 'Pietro Griffo' DURATION: 3 hours and 30 minutes

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STREET ART TOUR IN PALERMO

The walls of Palermo are colored by beautiful murals made by artists of national and international fame. The 'street art of Palermo' itinerary is a way to discover how a contemporary artistic language can interact with the territory redeveloping entire districts of the historic center for centuries abandoned. Both aesthetic and social urban regeneration. A tour that combines art and popular culture, street and beauty between the alleys and squares of Vucciria, an open-air museum of tradition, and Kalsa, a neighborhood born in the tenth century and today considered among the most fascinating of the city.

 

WHAT TO VISIT: Kalsa District, Vucciria District

DURATION: 3 hours

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THE KALSA TOUR IN THE ANCIENT HEART OF PALERMO

Tour of Kalsa, one of the oldest districts of Palermo dating back to the period of Arab domination (10th century). Its name derives from the Arabic "Al-Khalisa" - 'the elect', because it arose as a fortified citadel, stronghold of the Arab Emirate in Palermo. The guided tour leads into the alleys of the Kalsa, and delves into the treasures often off the beaten tourist circuits such as the baroque oratories covered with beautiful stuccoes by Giacomo Serpotta, churches without a roof, street art, news stories and fascinating legends.

 

WHAT TO VISIT: Oratorio di San Lorenzo, Piazza Marina, Church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo, Piazza Magione, Piazza Rivoluzione, Piazza Sant'Anna DURATION: 4 hours

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CEFALÙ 

Tour to discover the small seaside village of Cefalù known for the beauty of its golden sandy beach and its Cathedral, a UNESCO site since 2015 together with the beautiful monuments of the Arab-Norman itinerary of Palermo and Monreale. From the Norman Cathedral to the streets of the historic center to reach the Medieval Wash and the small Museum Mandralisca, ancient residence of Baron Mandralisca who donated to the city his rich collection of works of art including the famous 'Portrait of Man' by the painter Antonello da Messina.

 

WHAT TO VISIT: Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Mandralisca Museum, Medieval wash house DURATION: 4 hours

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SEGESTA 

A guided tour to discover Segesta. The itinerary develops within the archaeological area between the hill of the Doric Temple, unfinished building of the V sec. a.c. which is perfectly intact from antiquity, and the acropolis that houses the Theatre, still used today for representations. Other components of the city have been identified the walls with the Porta di Valle, the suburban sanctuary of Contrada Mango, some residential districts and monuments of Segesta medieval (castle, walls, mosque, village).

 

WHAT TO VISIT: Segesta Archaeological Park

DURATION: 3 hours

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