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Martorana

Martorana

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The church known most commonly as the Martorana is an architectural example of Sicily’s changing allegiances over the centuries. The facade alone features three different architectural styles.

The Martorana (Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio is the official name) dates back to 1141. You can no longer see the original Norman facade, but you can still see the typical Norman red dome from the exterior. Thankfully, once you’re inside the church, the original 12th century mosaics still shine in all their Byzantine glory. These mosaics are the highlight of a visit to La Martorana, and if you want to see them at their best, go first thing in the morning.

Back outside the church, you’ll notice that over the old Norman facade there is now a Baroque facade and a Romanesque bell tower. After the church was completed in the mid-12th century, it was later given to a Benedictine nun by the name of Eloisa Martorana - hence the church’s nickname - in the 1190s so she could establish a convent there. The convent flourished through the 19th century, and it was under the direction of the nuns that many of the architectural changes were made. By the early 1900s, the convent was no more - Mussolini gave the church to the Greek Orthodox in Palermo in 1935.

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Palermo Segway Tour

Palermo Segway Tour

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Forget your feet and abandon the automobile, the best way to see Palermo is via Segway. Smoothly cruise around town upright and on two wheels with your expert guide going from legendary landmark to spectacular site, and stopping at each spot to learn about its history. Head through the bustling Capo Market where some of the best street food in Sicily is sold, pass by the Gallery of Modern Art and discover the rich architectural heritage of a town that has been strongly influenced through the centuries by everyone from the Arabs to the Vikings.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.52
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$120.52
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Palermo Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

Palermo Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

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Maximize your time in Palermo port with this 3-hour Segway sightseeing tour. Simply step on the electric, self-balancing Segway, and then glide behind a guide as you explore the streets of Palermo. Hop off to take photos, learn about the city’s history and see a multitude of sights. The Gallery of Modern Art, Capos Market and the Palace of the Normans are just a few Palermo landmarks on the list.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.52
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$120.52
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Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina

Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina

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Say arrivaderci for the day to Taormina and spend some time in Palermo and Cefalù on this intriguing guided day trip. Discover the unique architecture, influenced by the Normans and the Arabs, and learn about the long and interesting history of both places. With your expert local guide, stroll the streets of both cities, taking in the Il Capo market in Palermo and the main cathedral in Cefalù.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.96
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$66.96
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Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo

Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo

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Explore the historic center of Palermo on a 3-hour walking tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Learn about the city’s history as you see landmarks including Teatro Massimo, the Palermo Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Palermo (Palazzo dei Normanni)— part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop by the Chiesa del Gesù (Casa Professa), an elaborate 16th-century church, and view the Palazzo Pretorio (Palace of the Eagles). Stroll around the Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini, and browse tempting treats in renowned food markets that offer Sicilian cuisine.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.61
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$42.61
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Full day tour of Palermo, Monreale and Mondello

Full day tour of Palermo, Monreale and Mondello

The tour was organized to admire the beauty of the Arab Norman itinerary of Palermo and its markets and historic alleys (Cathedral, Palatine Chapel, Piazza Pretoria, Quattro Canti, Martorana Church, Teatro Massimo, Mercato Ballaro '), visit of Monreale with its extraordinary Duomo and finally stop in the wonderful seaside resort of Mondello with its famous beach and Liberty style villas
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$188.69
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$188.69
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A walk among the monuments and markets of Palermo

A walk among the monuments and markets of Palermo

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The tour explores both the historical, architectural and cultural aspects of the city. Through the visit of the main monuments and tastings of typical local products (street food) you will be able to grasp the essence of the city.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$34.09
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$34.09
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Sicily Private Tour from Palermo: Monreale, Etna, Taormina, Agrigento (3 days)

Sicily Private Tour from Palermo: Monreale, Etna, Taormina, Agrigento (3 days)

3 days to discover all faces of Sicily: The color of Palermo's market, the history of Agrigento, the heritage of the Etna Volcano and much more. Always escorted by a professional driver and an english or french speaking tour guide.
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  • 3 days
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$1,170.91
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$1,170.91
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Discover Palermo

Discover Palermo

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Walking tour in the heart of the city of Palermo, discovering historical markets, churches and squares. A journey through the history and culture of a unique city in the world.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.36
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$36.36

Palermo 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Palermo 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Explore Palermo without the hassle of navigating on a private tour to the city’s top landmarks, from the Church of Santa Maria to Pretoria Square. Going with a guide ensures you never get lost, as well as learn more about the city’s history and culture than you could from a guidebook. With departure times throughout the day, the tour is a popular choice for newcomers acclimating to the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.09
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$146.09
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Wonders of Palermo: the new walking tour of Palermo Wonders!

Wonders of Palermo: the new walking tour of Palermo Wonders!

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We are three siblings: Mauro, Marcella and Alberto Amato: official local guides, born and raised in Palermo.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.70
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$43.70
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Private afternoon tour: Palermo Wonders tour and wine

Private afternoon tour: Palermo Wonders tour and wine

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Palermo tour and wine is a combination of a light visit of the city center with some relaxing moments and tasting of food and Sicilian wines. This combination is very appreciated in summer: we have the possibility to start the visit around 5.30 pm. But it is very relaxing also in winter time. The tasting includes 2 glasses of wine or 2 cocktails each and a selection of typical Sicilian appetizers
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$149.83
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$149.83
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Private Tour: Wonders of Palermo. 4 hours with private guide

Private Tour: Wonders of Palermo. 4 hours with private guide

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Enjoy our exclusive private tour in the center of the city: with our experience and attention to details, we are ready to provide the best possible experience for you! We are three siblings, Alberto, Marcella and Mauro Amato and we are licensed guides in English, German, Spanish and Italian. We have a long experience as tour leader and local guides, offering private tours in the city and around Sicily. We also work with the most important companies and hotels in Palermo as local guides. We love our city and we want to share it with you! We are creative souls, really full of energy and passion. We love theater, arts and the beauty. Ready to offer you an unique experience discovering the atmosphere of the city with our eyes. Welcome in Palermo!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$274.70
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Sicily tour from Palermo to Taormina, 6 days, individual group

Sicily tour from Palermo to Taormina, 6 days, individual group

Private tour of Sicily with personal driver for 7 days for visit of the Palermo, Cefalù, Taormina, Syracuse and Etna vulcan with wine tour in winery with lunch and wine tasting Etna wine. This excursion is customised using a driver. A driver is a chauffeur specialized in driving you around, he is able to provide basic historical information, he can show you the main highlights, is knowledgeable and he has an umbrella of information. The driver will take care to give adequate time at all stops and to accommodate special requests when possible, to ensure that your experience in Sicily will be both memorable and enjoyable. The driver is not a Licensed Tour Guide and cannot take you inside monuments. In case you need a Licensed Local Guide you must pay a surcharge and we will arrange for Licensed Guide to meet you directly on the spot.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,316.09
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$1,316.09
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Tuk tuk ride, ape car

Tuk tuk ride, ape car

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The ape car tour allows us in a short time, given the small size of the vehicle, to get to know them most hidden corners of the city in a very comfortable and nice way making a summary of the city! With the possibility for those who have more time to be able to customize their tours.
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  • 1 minute to 1 hour
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$105.29
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$105.29
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GRAND TASTE PALERMO - Artisan Food & History Walking Tour

GRAND TASTE PALERMO - Artisan Food & History Walking Tour

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A 'Grand Taste' of The City of Palermo. Authentic Food and Wine with History Walking Tour of Palermo. 11 Must-See Sights and Attractions of Palermo. 3 (UNESCO) Arab-Norman Historical Monuments of Palermo. 20+ Tastes of Traditional Specialty Food & Wine. Fascinating Tales & History Information by your Local Guide. Genuine and Valuable Information about other Places to Visit, Must-See. Sights and Attractions - you can ask your Local Guide. Small-group tour (maximum 14).
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  • 4 hours
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$58.43
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$58.43

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Palermo with official tour guide

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Palermo with official tour guide

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Enjoy Palermo’s great architecture and wonderful sights during this walking private tour with your own private official tour guide. Your official tour guide will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby, in front of your apartment building or in a fixed encounter point. Palermo is known as the city of delights, for it’s beautiful mosques, palaces and gardens. The city has been home of many different cultures during all it’s history. Palermo is Sicily’s touristic and economic capital, offers beautiful weather all year round and a fantastic gastronomy. During this private walking tour you will get to know the most emblematic sites of the city. Amongst other monuments and sights you can get to know during this private tour of Palermo: Quattro Canti Historical Market of Palermo Teatro Massimo Church “Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Martorana” Norman Palace Duomo (Cathedral of Palermo) San Giovanni degli Eremiti Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio Martorana - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$202.08
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$202.08
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Tour Palermo & Monreale from Punta Raisi Airport

Tour Palermo & Monreale from Punta Raisi Airport

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The tour was organized to admire the beauty of the Arab Norman itinerary of Palermo and its markets and historic alleys (Cathedral, Palatine Chapel, Piazza Pretoria, Quattro Canti, Martorana Church, Teatro Massimo, Mercato Ballaro '), visit of Monreale with its extraordinary Duomo and finally stop in the wonderful seaside resort of Mondello with its famous beach and Liberty style villas
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$243.48
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$243.48
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Private Walking Tour in Palermo with an Expert Guide

Private Walking Tour in Palermo with an Expert Guide

Palermo is the culmination of the diverse cultures that have left a legacy of exceptional buildings, churches and landmarks. Over the course of two hours, follow your guide through this city to explore its main highlights and learn about its storied past. - Discover Palermo's highlights with an expert guide - Learn about Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy - Take in the details of the Baroque buildings at Quattro Canti - Explore Piazza Pretoria and its spectacular fountain - Admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio and its mosaics
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.09
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Martorana can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 18 Martorana tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Martorana costs USD 34.09. Guided Martorana tours start around USD 34.09 per person. See all 18 Martorana tickets and tours on Viator.