Wonderful tour of 5 nights in Palermo

Palermo is pure love!

Highlights of the tour: 5-night stay in a typical home in Palermo, try the local wine, the palermitan street food and cook with a local, visit Palazzo dei Normanni and its Cappella Palatina, see the activist side of this ever-changing city with the walking tour of Addio Pizzo, the city protest movement against Mafia or improve your photography skills with a Smartphone photography workshop and tour to get unique shots of Palermo city centre. Visit of Palazzo Butera which is still a not well-known gem and check Monreale and its masterpiece church.

Day 1: check-in, lunch not included, wine tasting included, dinner not included

  • Morning/afternoon: arrival in Palermo, check in, lunch not included

Palermo puts you to the test, a cosmopolitan, mysterious and sensual city at the same time. In Palermo you can truly feel the influence of its durable melting pot, Palermo it’s a journey in and of itself. Vibrant, energic and welcoming. After being listed in 2016 as UNESCO heritage site, and been elected the Italian Capital of Culture for 2018 and again hosting city of Manifesta 12, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, it has become the most vibrant city in Europe and it's now the perfect time to visit it.

  • Afternoon: wine tasting

Palermo has everything to offer, what’s better than warming up and get into the city vibes with a wine tasting? Sparkling, red or white, it’s a wine tasting of history and tradition too, because every tasting comes with a lesson about Sicily. You will find today your favourite Sicilian wine or maybe the best you have ever tasted.

  • Evening: dinner not included

Just ask for recommendations, Palermo has plenty of amazing restaurants and a huge variety of food for all tastes.

Day 2: street food tour with 5 tasting and a glass of wine, visit of Palazzo dei Normanni and Cappella Palatina, dinner not included

  • Morning: street food tour with tastings and glass of wine

Eat like a Sicilian, no visit to Palermo would be complete without attending a street food tour, sandwich with spleen, arancine, crocche, panelle, cardoni, sicilian pizza, you can’t imagine how you will be amazed after tasting them. Usually Italy is a place of sit-down slow meal, it’s right, but Palermo is the capital of street food. It’s a different journey of taste that has to be made, it’s tradition with a huge and delicious variety, follow your nose, take the napkins or lick your fingers. Palermo keeps been awarded as one the best city for street food, definitely you will know why.

  • Afternoon: visit of Palazzo Normanni and Cappella Palatina

The Palazzo Normanni is the oldest royal palace in Europe, it was the seat of the Kings of Sicily during the Norman domination. With its astonishing architecture and the richness of its interiors is the pride of the city, especially for the Cappella Palatina with its byzantine mosaics that makes this visit worth every trip to Sicily, a must see for its exquisite beauty.

  • Evening: dinner not included

Day 3: cooking class with a local and lunch included, free afternoon, dinner not included

  • Morning: cooking class with a local with lunch

Learn to recognise every part of the Palermitan fifth quarter, as well as how to navigate through the markets, choosing where and what to buy and discover the city form a gastronomical point of view. Trust what your cooking teacher will show you and take note of all the little secrets that make Sicilian recipes just perfect.

  • Afternoon: free time in the city

New craft stores in the old town, places and protagonists of design. Fashion and contemporary creativity in Palermo or old and antique craft stores, workshops and artisans, visit to the creative neighbourhoods or the local markets, there’s a lot to see in downtown; just name it and ask for recommendations on how to spend this afternoon.

  • Evening: dinner not included

You have the chance to find your favourite restaurant or best food stall in town.

Day 4: Walking tour with Addio Pizzo or Smartphone photography workshop and tour (based on availability), lunch not included, visit of Palazzo Butera, dinner not included

  • Morning: Anti mafia smartphone tour with Addio Pizzo or smartphone photography workshop and tour of Palermo (depending on availability) and lunch not included

An Addio pizzo activist will take you around the historical city centre of Palermo; it's an intense and instructive tour to understand how Palermo raised and keep fighting against the Mafia; walking along a route of sites that are symbolic in this fight, you will discover how the city is rebelling and transforming itself asking to stop and start giving a voice to those who fight against the pizzo, the protection money that mafia demands. It's an Anti Mafia tour that incorporates shop and business owners who have said no to the pizzo and signed up to the Addio pizzo campaign. It's not just about the pizzo and Mafia, but you will realize how strong it's a community that started to raise the voice, said no and fought together for a better and legal future. 

Or get to know Palermo through the lens of your smartphone with a workshop of smartphone photography, collect unique shots and improve your photography skills and creativity, during a photo expedition you will take shots that explore the multifaceted Palermo and you will learn how to better use your smartphone for travel photography. You will see the colourful street markets and history, you will get in touch with locals and learn the culture and traditions while keeping them stored on your smartphone.

  • Afternoon: visit of Palazzo Butera

Palazzo Butera is located in the historical Kalsa neighbourhood, a genuine, bohemian, multi-cultural and picturesque part of town, with beautiful churches and square intermixed with decaying and collapsing buildings, graffiti and great murals. This Palace is a sumptuous building with a terrace overlooking the sea and a splendid internal courtyard. It’s a pleasant discovery you’ll get from Palermo.

  • Evening: dinner not included

Day 5: transfer and visit to Monreale and Church, lunch and dinner included

  • Morning: Visit of Monreale and Duomo

Easily reached by a short transfer from Palermo, Monreale is just a 5 km ride from the town and it’s well worth a visit. Since 2015 the Dome is part of the Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale UNESCO Heritage site. You will see what talented craftsmen created in this sacred space, the ceiling has the most beautiful gleaming gold mosaics. You might see them from photographs prior to arriving, but they'll never do this masterpiece justice.

  • Afternoon: time to get back to Palermo and free time
  • Evening: goodbye dinner included

Day 6: check-out and time to say bye to Palermo

 

Ideale per

Lovers of Palermo in all its way, for its rich history, churches, food, well if you like authentic Italy, if you enjoy the markets and genuine products and multicultural cities that have lots to share with you.

Durata

5 nights

Quando

Incluso

Accommodation for 5 nights in the town centre, 2 lunches, 1 dinner w/water and 1 glass of wine included, wine tasting, cooking class, street food tour, visit of Palazzo dei Normanni and Cappella Palatina, walking tour Addio Pizzo or photography workshop tour with smartphone (based on availability), visit of Palazzo Butera, transfer and visit of Monreale and its church.

Non incluso

Flights or transport to reach Palermo, transfer from/to the Airport, lunch or dinner when not mentioned as included, extra snacks and beverage.