Quattro Canti Tours

Some Italian piazzas are picturesque squares where locals stroll in the evenings, or watch their children play, or gossip with the neighbors. And sometimes, as is the case with Palermo’s Quattro Canti, they’re busy intersections.

Despite the fact that the Quattro Canti - also known as the Piazza Vigilena - is an intersection that’s often full of cars, it’s still one of the attractions visitors seek out in the city. This is largely because of the four buildings that sit at the four corners of the intersection - “quattro canti” means “four corners” - which are Baroque buildings dating from the early 17th century. The four buildings are almost identical, save for a few details.

Each of the four buildings is slightly curved, giving the piazza a rounded footprint, and there are statues in niches that represent the four seasons, the four Spanish kings of Sicily, and the four patron saints of Palermo. Each building is connected to a different Palermo neighborhood, and the patron saint on that building is the patron of that neighborhood.

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Unfortunately, since the Quattro Canti is more traffic-clogged crossroads than piazza these days, the buildings themselves are not as beautiful as they once were - and admiring the facades under the grime can be tough with cars whizzing by. Still, the Quattro Canti is at the heart of old Palermo, so you’ll pass through it often - just try to imagine what it used to be like, before the automobile.
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Address: Via Maqueda, Palermo 90133, Italy
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Palermo Street Food Walking Tour

Sample the best of Sicily’s street food during a 3- or 4-hour walking tour of Palermo. This small-group food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital. Visit the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato di Capo outdoor markets, tasting five different Sicilian treats along the way — including ‘panelle’ (chickpea fritters) and ‘arancine’ (deep-fried rice balls). Pass major Palermo monuments during the tour, like the imposing Teatro Massimo, and round out your tour with some local sweet wine and a seasonal dessert. This food walking tour is limited to 12 people, making sure you get a more personal experience.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food

Indulge all your senses with a 3-hour 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Palermo Food and Wine Walking Tour

Go off the beaten tourist trail in Palermo and discover the city’s cuisine and wine as you go. With a guide, you’ll discover traditional eateries where samples of food and wine await. Sip on prosecco, chow down on Sicilian pastries, and admire several Palermo landmarks including the Church of San Francesco d’Assisi. Numbers are limited to 15 people for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Palermo City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

See the highlights of Palermo with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, exploring at your own pace. Get a view of the city’s top attractions from the top of a double-decker bus, including sights like the Quattro Canti, Vucciria Market and the Teatro Massimo – one of Italy's most famous opera houses. Enjoy audio commentary during the tour.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Best Excursion in western Sicily to Erice, Trapani and Salt Flats from Palermo

Explore Western Sicily from Palermo easily without having to rent a car with this tour of Erice, Trapani, and the salt flats. Travel comfortably from stop to stop by air-conditioned minivan as a guide tells you all about the area and its history as you go. Plus, round-trip transport from your Palermo hotel is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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