The Arab-Norman Palermo
Once a regal capital where peoples very different from one another mingled their cultures. Creating a particularly original fusion like the Arab-Norman Byzantine style of its finest buildings. From Palermo’s narrow streets and twisting alleys in the oldest part of the city, to the grandeur of the Teatro Massimo Opera House.
The City Vibrates In The Clash Between Ancient, Classic And A Most Contemporary Life
Nature too, has been generous with the city, its protection assured by the grayish, pink surrounding heights that form the Conca d’Oro. Rich in citrus groves, that tempers the climate and act as a backdrop to the splendid bay dominated by mount Pellegrino. Goethe called it “the most beautiful promontory in the world”.
Meet your private Driver Guide at your hotel and board a Premium Mercedes Minivan. Next start a scenic drive (2h15min) through the wonderful inner side of the landscape north of Agrigento. Passing the Sicani Mountains and the hilly landscape is already a highlight of this tour.
Palermo Walking Tour
Meet Your private local Guide for an absorbing WALKING TOUR (3h). Soak up the atmosphere of the old part of town while you discover the culture and the astonishing sights. Palermo is a many faceted city, with as much an unmistakable as enigmatic identity. A combination of aristocratic magnificence and the colorful ways of the common people. Part of the program are also the highlights of the Arab-norman heritage. Admire the Opera House, Martorana church, Pretoria Square with the “Fountain of Shame”, the Palatine Chapel inside the Royal Palace, the “Quattro Canti”, the Cathedral, “Porta Nuova” city gate, plus a typical market. Following time for a lunch break.
Drop off at Your hotel
Palermo with its singular Arab-Norman aura, with its church-mosques, mosaics, cloisters, gardens, fountains, and bright red cupolas has survived through the centuries. It passed through the reigns of Anjou and Aragon in which the powerful feudal families built their royal strongholds. It survived the Spanish and Bourbon viceroyalties and arrived almost intact into the 19th century.