What To Expect
From Palermo hotel (handled on your own) we will drive to Monreale to see where the Arab-Norman art and architecture reached the pinnacle of its glory with the Dome (Admission fee: not included), launched in 1174 by William II and represent the scene from the Old and New Testaments all in golden mosaics. Then a short drive takes us back to Palermo to explore the fascinating Capuchin Catacombs (Admission fee: not included). The Catacombs outgrew their original cemetery in the 16th century and monks began to excavate the crypts below it. The bodies were dehydrated on the racks of ceramic pipes in the catacombs and sometimes later washed with vinegar.
Monks were preserved with their everyday clothing and sometimes with ropes they had worn as a penance. The catacombs contain about 8000 mummies that line the walls. The halls are divided into categories: Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. We then continue to explore the lively Capo Market, a large open air street market that captures the flavor of Palermo's Saracen Arab past. Capo is a blend of general confusion and a jumble of vendors' stalls, winding toward the old gate (Porta Carini) of what used to be the city wall.
Off we see Piazza Pretoria and Via Maqueda, whose "four corners" converge Palermo at a quartet of baroque palaces left over from the heyday of Spanish rule dating from 1560. Later return to your hotel.
Monreale, Gold Mosaic's Scene from the Old and New Testaments.
Vehicle with air conditioning
English speaking Driver Escort
Visit as per itinerary
Credit Card fees
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Meals and drinks
The price of this tour does not include the Admission Fees. If you are over 65 or under 18 years old and you have EU or Commonwealth Passport, the admission fees are free of charge for you showing your document (or copy of your document) on the spot.
A Driver Escort is a chauffeur specialized to drive you around the island. He is able to provide basic historical information and can show you the main highlights but is not a Licensed Tourist Guide.
Upon booking, please advise if you have walking restrictions.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.