The Arab-Norman


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”. 

What to expect

Start after breakfast

Pick from Trapani/Marsala area

Meet your private Driver and board a Premium Mercedes. Start a scenic drive (1h30min) following the west coast. On the way admire the beautiful Gulf of Castellammare and the hilly wine producing area Bianco d’Alcamo.

Start after breakfast


The capital 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. During the private guided Walking Tour (3h) through the old city center soak up the atmosphere of the city. The culture of the city, the beautiful sights, architecture and the typical street markets, are hidden in the old part of town. Visit the Highlights of this World heritage Site. Admire Pretoria Square, Palatine Chapel inside the Norman Palace, the Quattro Canti, the Cathedral, plus typical market and more. Free time at your disposal for a lunch break and private discoveries before driving back.

Drive back to Trapani 1.5h

Drop off at your hotel

Drive back to Trapani 1.5h

Tour Details

Duration: 8 Hours
City Walking Tour
Moderate Physical Fitness Level
Friendly: No
*Price varies by group size

What’s Included

English-speaking Driver
Private Guided Tour in Palermo
Private Transport by Premium Mercedes
Pick up/Drop off at the Hotel
Parking/Highway Fees

What’s Extra

Admission fees
Meals, Beverages

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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.

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