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”.
from Trapani Port
Meet your private Driver at the port. Next board a Premium Mercedes Minivan and start a scenic drive (1h30min) following the west coast. Admire the beautiful Gulf of Castellammare and the hilly wine producing area “Bianco d’Alcamo”.
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 guided Walking Tour soak up the atmosphere trough the old city center. Visit the Highlights of this World heritage Site. Admire the Opera House, Pretoria Square, Palatine Chapel inside the Norman Palace, the Quattro Canti, the Cathedral, a typical market and more. The culture of the city, the beautiful sights, architecture and the typical street markets, are hidden in the old part of town.
Drop off at the port
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.