- The Catacombs of the Capuchins and Monreale
- Marsala and Stagnone Lagoon
- Palermo's ancient rivers : Kemonia and Papireto
A 2 hour guided tour that includes the visit of the Cathedral and the Cloister.
Monreale, 7km from the center of Palermo is located at the foot of Mount Caputo, about 20 minutes by car.
Monreale was chosen by William II, the last Norman king, to build the monumental complex of which only the Basilica and the Cloister remain.
The wonderful Cathedral was built in 1172 and concludes the history of Norman architecture in Sicily. Grandiose in its size and perfect in its spatial harmony, the triumph of gold and light will leave you breathless. Byzantine and Venetian mosaicists, Islamic and local craftsmen decorated the walls with shining mosaics that narrate the events of the Old and New Testaments.
Shortly after William II ordered the construction of a Monastery intended to house the Benedictine monks who had custody of the Christian Temple. Visiting the Cloister, which is an integral part of the ancient Monastery is an experience you won’t forget. It will give you unique moments, the magic of a place of rare beauty, where even today you can breathe an air of deep spirituality. It has the shape of a perfect square, enriched by elegant columns, embellished with capitals, all richly carved. Your gaze will be lost among the many images represented in them, a rich documentation of medieval sculpture.
A guided tour of about 3 hours that will lead you to discover the magnificent Cathedral of Monreale and its splendid Cloister, and the Catacombs of the Capuchins (the Catacombs of the Capuchins are TEMPORARILY CLOSED).
Visiting the Catacombs of the Capuchins is an experience with a strong impact but at the same time full of charm. The visit takes place in an ancient underground cemetery that houses thousands of mummies, wearing the original clothes, dating from a period between the end of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. The Catacombs of the Capuchins of Palermo, a place that attracted and fascinated poets and writers, is also an interesting historical document of fashion of the time.
A full or half day tour to discover the fascinating Cefalù. Located about 70 km from Palermo, in addition to the artistic and cultural interest of its historic center, Cefalù is famous for being a seaside resort on the Tyrrhenian Sea that stands out thanks to the golden sandy beach and crystal clear sea. The historic center, dominated by the Cathedral, a wonderful building of the Norman era, should be explored exclusively on foot getting lost in the countless streets, an exciting experience and full of surprises. The tour includes a guided tour of the Cathedral and the medieval wash house, free time for shopping or a walk on the beach.
A full-day tour dedicated to the beautiful town of Erice. A little more than 100 km from Palermo, in the province of Trapani, a visit to the charming medieval village that stands on the homonymous mountain at about 750 meters above sea level. A walk through the winding streets of its center where time seems to have stopped. History, myths but above all unforgettable views of the Salt Pans of Trapani and the Egadi Islands will make the tour an unforgettable experience.
A full-day tour to discover the Salt Pans of Stagnone Lagoon and Marsala. About 120 km from Palermo, a visit in the name of the beauty of the landscape that characterizes this corner of Sicily. In the province of Trapani in Western Sicily there are places and atmospheres of rare charm: ponds of water, mills and stretches of salt. Welcome to the Stagnone Lagoon Reserve, defined as the place where you can watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Sicily. A walk to appreciate the charm of the historic center of Marsala, a city defined by history, wine and sea.
3 hour walking tour of Palermo historic center will let us retrace the tracks of the ancient Kemonia torrent and Papireto river. Old Town is the original Phoenician settlement located on a peninsula bounded by two rivers, Kemonia and Papireto. After numerous and violent floods caused especially by the Kemonia river, the City Senate finally regulated the streams and they were dried out in the late sixteenth century. The Kemonia torrent also known as “river of bad weather” flowed southwest of the old Palermo. After receiving several tributaries, continued its path through Via Porta di Castro, Ballarò and Albergheria, Piazza del Ponticello (little bridge), named after the “little bridge” that in the past connected the two sides of the river. The Papireto River flowed northwest of the ancient town and developed through depressions as long as it met the sea. We will walk through Via Venezia (the ancient Conceria district), and tracing the tracks of the Papireto River we will get Via Papireto and the flee market.