The excursion starts from the port of Palermo/Trapani or from your hotel.
The first stop is in Cefalù, a medieval town founded by the Norman King Roger II during the twelfth century, on the site of an earlier settlement.
It was splendid under the Normans, while Frederick II called it urbs placentissima. During our walk through town, we will visit the Norman Cathedral with its glittering Byzantine mosaics, which include the over-powering figure of the Pantokrator. Then on to the Medieval Washhouse and to the old port for a view on Cefalù s defence walls and gates. A visit of the Mandralisca Museum will allow you to see the painting of the Unknown Man, a masterpiece by Antonello da Messina, and one of the few which are housed in the fifteenth century Sicilian painter s homeland. Free time to roam around the town s lovely shops and for lunch.
Our itinerary continues in Palermo, in the heart of the old city center, at Quattro Canti, a square that has four magnificent eighteenth-century palaces with convex facades looking down onto it. From there you can arrive in Piazza Pretoria where you can see the fountain of the same name and the Municipal building. Behind the City Hall, you can admire the unique Martorana Church, and San Cataldo Church.
From Piazza Pretoria we go to the Cathedral Square. After admiring this splendid piece of architecture and the treasures kept inside it, go on to the majestic Palazzo dei Normanni. We suggest you visiting the Cappella Palatina, one of the most beautiful churches in the world.
Our trip finishes at Teatro Massimo, one of Europe s largest operahouses. Some free time for shopping , then back to the port or to your hotel.
Extras, food and beverage, entrance fees are not included in the price!
Pick up time suggested: 08.30 am
Tour duration: 9 hours
Included: English speaking driver, A/C vehicle, taxes,parkings, tolls and gasoline.
Not Included: Meals, drinks and entrance fees.