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Between dazzling historic churches, mouthwatering markets, and sandy beaches, there’s plenty to do in Palermo. But if you’re itching to explore beyond the Sicilian capital, try these rewarding day trips—and still get back in time for dinner.

Monreale — 8 miles (13 km) away
Nestled just above Palermo on the slopes of Monte Caputo, Monreale boasts a 12th-century cathedral adorned with glittering gold mosaics that outshine even Palermo’s Palatine Chapel. Definitely worth a visit, the cathedral’s gilded interior and well-preserved Norman-Byzantine architecture earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Cefalu — 48 miles (78 km) away
Located an easy hour east of Palermo by road, Cefalu is a popular seaside escape for locals and visitors alike during summer. Enjoy a break from the bustle of Palermo on a stroll through the quaint, historic city center, and stake your spot on the gorgeous beach when the weather’s nice.

Segesta — 50 miles (81 km) away
Venture inland to Segesta to explore Sicily’s ancient Greek roots at the ruins of a Doric temple dating back to the fifth century BC, as well as a Greek theater. The whole area is rich in archaeological treasures, with Norman ruins, a mosque, and an Islamic necropolis also unearthed by excavations.

Erice — 63 miles (102 km) away
Travel about two hours toward Trapani to reach medieval Erice, perched atop a mountain of the same name and the ruins of a Phoenician city. Wander the cobblestone streets, visit a Norman castle, and marvel at a piece of the ancient city wall. You can also glide down to Trapani in a cable car for a taste of western Sicily and stellar views of the Mediterranean.

Agrigento — 89 miles (143 km) away
For an even deeper expedition into Italy’s ancient heritage, head to Agrigento and the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples. The largest archaeological site in the world, it encompasses seven Greek temples and other ruins, including the amazingly intact Temple of Concordia. Learn about the site’s fascinating history and browse artifacts at the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento.
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Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo

Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo

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Spend a day exploring the ancient sights of the Valley of the Temples with this day trip from Palermo. Travel to Agrigento for a quick coffee break (own expense) before visiting the fascinating site for a 1-hour tour. See the temples of Hera, Concordia and Apollo. Take a midday break for lunch (own expense) before stopping at the archaeology museum for a 1-hour self-guided visit.
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  • 9 hours
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Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

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Spend an unforgettable day exploring Mt Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, on this day trip from Palermo. See the looming mountain up close and learn about its unique landscapes, studied since the Greek period.
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  • 12 hours
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Segesta Erice and Salt Pans Full Day Excursion

Segesta Erice and Salt Pans Full Day Excursion

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Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Western Sicily with this day trip from Palermo to Erice, Segesta, Nubia and the Trapani Salt Pans. Visit an archaeological excavation at Segesta. Take in the excellent views from the hilltop town of Erice. See how sea salt is still collected off the Sicilian coast at the Salt Pans of Trapani.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area

Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area

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On this full-day tour from Palermo, you’ll be driven to three of Sicily’s most stunning and history-packed destinations. Enjoy free time to explore the castle town of Castelbuono, the hillside town of Monreale, and the originally Greek seaside hub of Cefalu. Discover the region’s Arab-Norman roots with optional visits to the opulent Cappella Palatina and 14th-century Castelbuono.
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  • 7 hours
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Medieval castles guided tour of Caccamo and Cefalù, full day from Palermo.
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Medieval castles guided tour of Caccamo and Cefalù, full day from Palermo.

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Let someone else take care of driving and planning on this full-day tour to the castle of Caccamo and Cefalù from Palermo. After seeing the medieval houses and UNESCO-listed duomo in Cefalù, spend free time exploring at your own pace or shopping and having lunch (own expense). Then, head to the castle of Caccamo, one of the best-preserved medieval castles on the island in a pretty town at the foot of Mount San Calogero.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.33
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Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily

Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily

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Explore Palermo’s key sights on foot on this walking tour of the Sicilian capital. Meet your guide in a convenient location in central Palermo, and set off. Visit popular landmarks ranging from the Palermo Cathedral and Palazzo Pretorio to the Massimo Theater. Learn about the city’s long entanglement with the mafia, and meet the shopkeepers and other individuals who have pioneered a local anti-mafia movement.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

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Indulge all your senses on a walking tour of Palermo's rich street food traditions. Join a knowledgeable guide for a walk through the historic part of the city and its vibrant outdoor markets. Sample some of Palermo's unique street foods, such as 'panelle' and 'meusa.' Watch the lively scenes all around you, observing what seems like another time.
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  • 3 hours
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Streaty - Palermo Street Food Walking Tour
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Streaty - Palermo Street Food Walking Tour

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Snack your way through the streets of Palermo on this Sicilian food tour. Explore backstreet markets and food stalls specializing in local delicacies like stuffed rice balls and chickpea fritters as your guide fills you in on local history, culture. Plus, this small-group tour has a limited number of participants for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Full Day Shore Excursion to Zingaro Reserve and San Vito Lo Capo from Palermo

Full Day Shore Excursion to Zingaro Reserve and San Vito Lo Capo from Palermo

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Relax in the sun with this excursion to two of the most beautiful spots in all of Sicily. Travel just over an hour to the Zingaro Reserve and enjoy stunning views of white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and dramatic cliffs and caves. Get the chance to lunch on traditional treats like cunzato bread, arancini, and panelle. Explore the charming town of San Vito Lo Capo before your return to Palermo.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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 Agrigento; Valley of the Temples, Scala dei Turchi from Palermo, Private Tour

 Agrigento; Valley of the Temples, Scala dei Turchi from Palermo, Private Tour

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Optimize your time in Sicily with this driving tour that includes pickup in Palermo and hassle-free transport to three of the top sights on the island: the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, and the Scala dei Turchi beach. Enjoy free time to explore the Greek ruins in the “Valle dei Templi”, then sightsee in Agrigento. End with a photo op at the dramatic Scala dei Turchi coastline.
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  • 10 hours
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$326.10
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Palermo Airport to Palermo city or vice versa, private transfer service

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Palermo Airport to Palermo city or vice versa, private transfer service

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Skip the hassle and delays of public transportation with this private transfer that includes pickup directly at the Palermo airport and drop-off at the hotel or destination of your choice in the city of Palermo. Relax and let a professional driver take on the city traffic while you enjoy Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and bottled water on board. Transfers from the center of Palermo to the Palermo airport are also available.
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  • 35 minutes
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Standard transfer Palermo Airport / Palermo City

Standard transfer Palermo Airport / Palermo City

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Take the guesswork out of reaching your hotel from the Palermo airport with this stress-free private transfer. Save time with pickup directly from the arrivals area and relax on board an air-conditioned sedan or minivan while your driver navigates the tricky traffic to your final destination. Luggage and an hour of extra time at the airport in case your flight is delayed is included.
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  • 35 to 45 minutes
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Night Street Food Tour of Palermo

Night Street Food Tour of Palermo

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Explore Palermo’s lively dining scene after dark when the temps drop and the crowd thins with this evening street food tour led by a passionate foodie guide. Stroll through the city’s old town to take in the sights and discover the most beloved eateries and street vendors. Stop to feast on authentic Palermitano specialties and learn about their history and significance in the local culinary culture.
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  • 3 hours
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Discover Palermo

Discover Palermo

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Palermo is a fascinating city with almost 3,000 years of history. Explore its glorious past and delve into its vibrant present with this walking tour that takes in the city’s sumptuous churches and squares, as well as the bustling landmark markets where locals still shop today. Admire A-list sights like the Teatro Massimo, cathedral, and Piazza Pretorio and stroll down lively Via Vittorio Emanuele and through Mercato del Capo.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Last minute Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

Last minute Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

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Sicily has lain at a crossroads of civilizations for thousands of years—and its food is a delicious reflection of the island’s diverse cultural mix. On this morning tour of Palermo’s street food markets, get off the typical tourist trail and follow in locals’ footsteps. You’ll visit three of the city’s key markets—Capo, Ballarò, and La Vucciria—will enjoy numerous samples, and learn more about Sicily’s history from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Etna & Taormina Tour, from Palermo area & Cefalù

Private Etna & Taormina Tour, from Palermo area & Cefalù

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Cover three of Sicily’s most iconic locations in this full-day tour of Monte Etna, Taormina, and Castelmola. Explore the slopes and lava fields of the UNESCO-listed volcanic crater, with optional cable car or all-terrain drives to the top. Then, organize a visit to the famed Greek-Roman Theatre or simply relax in a cafe, topped off by a stop at Castelmola village.
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  • 11 hours
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Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion

Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion

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Spend time exploring the glorious Duomo of Monreale, Cathedral and Cloister and the Medieval town of Cefalù during this half-day trip from Palermo. Travel to Monreale for a 1-hour Duomo tour. Next, travel to charming Cefalù for a tour that includes the Duomo, Medieval lavatory, Mandralisca Museum and more.
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  • 6 hours
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The Godfather, Origins of Mafia: Corleone, Portella della Ginestra from Palermo

The Godfather, Origins of Mafia: Corleone, Portella della Ginestra from Palermo

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Discover the origins of The Godfather during this day-long tour of Sicily. Taking in sites linked to both real-life mafia events and sites based on the Francis Ford Coppola movies, the tour gives you the lowdown on Sicily’s gangster history. Visit the site of the Portella della Ginestra massacre, sample traditional Sicilian cannoli, and explore the village of Corleone as tales of Don Vito Corleone ring in your ears.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Discover Segesta, Erice, Trapani and Paceco Salt Pans Natural Reserve from Palermo, Private Tour

Discover Segesta, Erice, Trapani and Paceco Salt Pans Natural Reserve from Palermo, Private Tour

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Spend a day with a private driver in Sicily, and discover natural salt pans, archeological sites, and ancient temples. The day trip from Palermo includes visits to the Segesta tower, the medieval village of Erice, and the Trapani and Paceco Salt Pans Natural Reserve where sea salt is collected and wildlife abounds. A pickup and drop-off service is included, direct from your Palermo hotel or the port.
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  • 8 hours
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$289.29
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Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

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See two of northern Sicily’s most characterful destinations when you embark on this full-day trip from Palermo. In the morning, your guide picks you up from your accommodation; board an air-conditioned minivan and head to the medieval village of Castelbuono, located in the Madonie Mountains. See the Castle of Ventimiglia and visit a local pastry shop before continuing to Cefalù, home to a UNESCO-listed cathedral and impeccable seaside views.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Tour Day Agrigento - Valley of the Temples - Scala dei Turchi

Tour Day Agrigento - Valley of the Temples - Scala dei Turchi

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With this driving tour, cut hours off your travel time to visit three of Sicily's top sights in a single day. Enjoy stress-free pickup and a scenic drive to the Valley of the Temples to take in the ancient ruins on your own. Afterwards, continue to the city of Agrigento for free time to sightsee and dine before a stop at the Scala dei Turchi to snap photos of the cliffs from above.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Exclusive Excursion to Segesta, Erice & Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

Full Day Exclusive Excursion to Segesta, Erice & Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

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Spend a day exploring Palermo’s lovely surrounding areas. See the historic Greek theater and temple in Segesta, sample wines and almond sweets in medieval Erice, and lunch on Sicilian favorites at a traditional restaurant housed in an old mill. Take some time to discover the charming churches, harbor, shops, and monuments of Trapani before your tour concludes.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$578.57
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The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

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Discover a number of western Sicily’s most popular destinations on this full-day tour from Palermo. Meet your guide at your accommodation, climb aboard a climate-controlled minivan, and head first to Segesta, where you’ll explore the ancient Greek amphitheater and temple (entry own expense). Then, discover the medieval town of Erice, enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch (own expense) in Saline, and finish with a walking tour of the elegant city of Trapani.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$273.51
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Private Agrigento & Scale of the Turks Tour, from Palermo area

Private Agrigento & Scale of the Turks Tour, from Palermo area

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Discover ancient ruins left over from the Greeks on this private excursion. Enjoy pickup from the Palermo area and head to Agrigento where you can find the UNESCO-listed Temple Valley. Learn about its ancient history and explore its many sites before heading to the seaside to see the white cliffs dubbed as the ‘Turkish Stairway.”
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  • 8 hours
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$284.64
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