• Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
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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. Consider doing an optional trip to Monreale, an area just outside of Palermo to visit a well-known producer of olive oil, oranges and almonds (at own expense).


  • Day trip to the Sicilian towns of Palermo and Cefalù from Taormina
  • Enjoy a Palermo walking tour and learn about the city’s Arab-Norman architecture
  • Stroll through Piazza Bellini to see the La Martorana church and Palermo Cathedral
  • Visit the Il Capo market and browse the colorful collection of food
  • Explore the town of Cefalù with a guide and discover the grandeur of Cefalù Cathedral

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Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina

Walk around the historical center of Cefalu

After meeting your guide at the bus station in Taormina, hop on the comfortable coach to begin your journey to to Palermo and Cefalù. During the bus ride, enjoy the scenery from your window: the rolling hills, the vineyards and olive groves.
Once in Palermo, start a walking tour of the center of the city, a part of town that is pulsating with a fun Mediterranean vibe. Enjoy the all the art and ancient ruins scattered throughout the city. Learn about the history of the city and all its occupiers – from Arabs to Vikings to the French. And get a lesson in identifying different types of architecture and which occupier built it. The austere Viking or Norman structures and the more ornate Arab buildings are an eye-pleasing sight. Learn how, after the Vikings/Normans conquered the city, they were influenced by Arab architecture and adopted some of their techniques.
Linger for a while in Piazza Bellini and learn about La Martorana Church, a spiritual structure known for its marvelous mosaics, and then pose for some photos in front of Palermo Cathedral, a building that dazzles the eye thanks to its elegant Arabic arches. Perambulate through Piazza Vigliena, also known as Quattro Canti, and then admire the Renaissance-era fountains in Piazza Pretoria.
One part of Palermo not to be missed is Il Capo Market. Saunter around the lively market, its narrow walkways crammed with vegetable, fruit and seafood sellers. Take some free time here and enjoy the lively southern Italian ambience of the place. Perhaps sit down at a cafe and enjoy lunch (at own expense). It's here when you might choose for the optional visit to the nearby town of Montrealie. The guide will arrange transportation at an additional cost.
When the time comes, get back on the couch to head to Cefalù. During the hour-long ride, enjoy the scenery. Once in this exciting seaside town, begin strolling the streets with your guide, taking in narrow alleyways, the plus-sized churches and the leafy squares. Stop for a while at Cefalù's cathedral and study the amazing mosaics.
After discovering the town with your guide and at your own leisure, hop back on the coach and head back to Taormina to conclude the tour.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Graet tor and round trip. Impressed by multi-language skills of guide who filled us in with al lsorts of information.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a good way to get to Palermo and Cefalu in one day from Taormina. It and #39;s minimal time in Palermo but does give a flavor for the city. Cefalu was beautiful. The guide didn and #39;t seem to know or share a lot about Cefalu (may have been a language issue) but was pleasant and helpful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day.I would encourage any visitor to Sicily to take this trip.
The road traffic accident delayed us but we did not feel that we missed anything at all.

Vincenza S

4 star rating: Recommended February 2018

I was staying in Messina the other side of Sicily and I wanted an easy way to explore the capital of Palermo. I was so happy when I found this tour option. It is a VERY LONG DAY! You do leave at 6am and you do not return until 7pm that night, however for one person wanting to get a glimpse of the other side this was good. I enjoyed seeing the historic heart of Palermo and you can definitely see why Cefalu is a thriving beach town for Europeans. A great way to explore.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

good tour, but be prepared - it's a long ride.

Ulla-Maija M

4 star rating: Recommended September 2017

This trip was a little bit hard it was a long day. But still Palermo and Cefalu' are both places to see! In Palermo we had a local guide and she was pleasant. Our guide for the trip recommended us to have a lunch in a restaurant in Palermo Restaurant and Pizzeria 59. I must say it was the worst! The food was bad. For example on our antipasto plate there were two cold frankfurters - straight from the package. They still had some slimy gel on them!!! And the place was also expensive. I would never recommend that restaurant to anybody.
But otherwise the trip was alright!

Adrian P

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

wonderful tour

Melody M

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

This was a very fast way to see a little bit of both places. We were lucky enough to have an actual tour guide Rossana give us a quick tour around Palermo with a lot of information. It was nice to have a local guide. The sights were somewhat interesting but as I mentioned it is a very quick overview. We had lunch at Restaurant 59. It was very good, but as some others mentioned, it is expensive. I ordered lasagna with a side, and Coke Light as a beverage, and the Coke Light came in a very tiny bottle so I ordered two, not realizing that it cost 4 euros a bottle! Then there is also the cover charge of 2 euros just to eat inside, but that is very typical of most places, so I can't fault them for that. I will say the lasagna was worth what I paid for it, but if you eat lunch there you may want to order something else as a beverage. I also had the tempura style vegetables and those were good. After that, we were off to Cefalu, which I thought was much more scenic than Palermo, and even more scenic that Panarea and Stromboli which I had visited earlier in the week. It was a long day, but nice to get a taste of what these two places were like in case I want to come back for a future visit. The only somewhat negative point is that the tour was conducted in three languages, which makes the explanation times a bit long and cumbersome. We were a large enough group that we could have had an English-speaking guide and German-speaking guide. There were a couple of Spanish speakers who got by with Italian. Other than that, it was a nice tour.


4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

the trip is well organized, good guide, we had very little time for Palermo cathedral

Aybike Turkey

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

This is a MUST DO trip if you are staying at the eastern side of Sicily and do not have time to go to the Western part. Palermo is a beautiful city with a lot of history and in my opinion it would be a big loss if you come alI the way to Sicily and miss visiting Palermo. I would like to thank our tour guide Rosalia Tramuto for such an enjoyable and informative tour. Our only concerns about the tour was 1- We had to pay for the head phones which is not logical as I never had to pay for head phones in any guided tour I bought. 2- If I were a Siclian I would not want any tourist to see that market place anyway. It is a dirty and stinky place where they sell meat and fish in open air with flies all over them. 3- The tour drops you off and picks you up in front of a restaurant. It is a little expensive but I must admit that food is great. You may try some other place for a cheaper lunch. But no matter what, I strongly reccomend this tour to everyone. Worth it!

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