Quattro Canti Tours

Quattro Canti
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.
Address: Via Maqueda, Palermo 90133, Italy
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Palermo Street Food Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 4 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
  • Duration: 1 day
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Sicily - from Messina or Palermo Private Shore Excursion from the ship

We shall see Taormina and its unique views and visit the old Greek theater and Roman ruins with the sea as background. Then up we go on the side of the highest Vulcano in Europe, the Etna. There we shall enjoy a typical sicilian lunch (Price per person 35 dollars, not included in fare). Time to go down to visit elegant Catania, located on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea. Greek,  Roman then Bizantyne city e real crossroad of many cultures, fascinating. By the way also famous for its Gelato. From Palermo : Here we shall admire elegant baroque and Norman monuments as Palazzo Normanni Then Piazza dei 4 Canti where each corner is represented with: a season.The Cathedral founded in 1185 . The  Godfather movie and Teatro Politeama in the center of the city that includes 20th century sculpures.Back at the ship in botrh cases  by 5pm  - NOTE Tours can be adapted so to be back at the ship at any time you need.  
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Historical markets and street food - Historical markets and street food

The way to say 'talk how to eat is more than apt for Palermo. Gastronomy here has its roots in Arab domination. Typical food is poor food. That's why Palermo is the queen of street food. Passing through colorful historical markets and more monumental places of the center, you will discover the culture that is hidden behind these tasty foods, from salty to sweet.Contact me to the number 3292116803 (also whatsapp). I am Angela Saltaformaggio, qualified guide.In Italy we have a way of saying: 'talk as you eat'.Because languages and foods reveal our cultures.Palermo's gastronomy has its roots in the arab domination.Typical food is poor food.This is why Palermo is the king of street food .Passing through the historical markets and the most beautiful places to visit the culture that lies behind these delicious foods, from salty to sweet ones. Contact me at the number +39 3292116803, (whatsapp too). m Angela Saltaformaggio, licenced tourist guide
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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The taste of art and the art of flavor: a taste of Palermo.

You will live not only an experience of daily life, but you will explore important artistic monuments, discovering the richness of their different architectural and stylistic tendencies, from the splendid Byzantine mosaics to the greatest lyric theater in Italy, the Massimo. I will give you an emotion, leaving you with a pleasant memory of a unique and unforgettable experience.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Private Tour from Trapani to Palermo with Guide Driver - Shore Excursion

Exclusive Private Tour with Local Guide Driver.It’s impossible not to visit PALERMO: once a regal capital where different cultures create a particularly original fusion like the Arab-Norman-Byzantine style, also visible in fine buildings. An exceptional example of socio-cultural mix between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures. In a green depression extending seawards, surrounded by mountains and gardens of citrus fruits, stands Palermo, ancient capital of a kingdom among the most ancient in Europe. The city rose where now the Royal Palace is housed, namely at el-Kassar, the ancient royal palace of the Arab Emires.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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The best of Palermo. City center tour - City walking tour

With this tour you will see and savor the best of the city: the most famous monuments of different eras, the main streets of the center and a still functioning and vital open-air historical market. In short, a bit of everything. Your personal guide will explain and answer to your questions and will assist you in the tastings.For more details and schedules contact me at 3292116803, also on whatsapp.Sono Angela, guide enabled https://www.facebook.com/GuidaSiciliaTouristGuideSicilyAngelaSplatformPersonal guide will explain, answer with this tour you will see and answer to the most famous monuments from the main streets and open-air food market. your questions and help you in your tastings.For more details and schedule contact me at the number +39 3292116803, on whatsapp too.I'm Angela, Licensed tourist guide https://www.facebook.com/GuidaSiciliaTouristGuideSicilyAngelaSplatform
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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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
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Discover Palermo

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 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
  • 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
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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