The Knight's Castles 1

The Knight's Castles 1

Let’s venture out of the big city and, apparently, back in time
to understand why Medieval times were not, for everybody, sublime.

These castles are not far from Palermo, but the atmosphere is from another world: the Medieval world.

For this guided itinerary we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles: with a minimum of 3 people the vehicle is a luxury Mercedes-Benz 4x4 or a comfortable 8-seat minivan! It takes about 90 minutes to arrive at the Vicari Castle, which lies on a high rock overlooking the town of Vicari. Some historical sources affirm that the castle was built during Roman times; for sure, its refurbishment dates back to 1390 by Manfredi Chiaramonte, one of the most powerful barons of the Kingdom of Sicily: the Chiaramonte family claimed descent from Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor! The castle has been recently restored: from the rock it is easy to understand why this castle was so important to control the routes from the countryside to Palermo.

After a delicious lunch with a view of the Cefalà Diana Castle (photo above), we head to the castle. It is possible that the castle was originally built by the Greeks, but what we see nowadays was built after the second half of the 13th century, and later modified. Its position was important for strategic and military reasons, as it ensued a general control of the trade between the Val di Mazara, where grains were cultivated, and Palermo. In the same century, also this castle became part of the Chiaramonte family’s possessions. There are mainly the external walls of the castle; though it’s not easy to get into the castle (but not very hard: we have to climb a stepped-wall of the height of around 1.5 metres) the view of the valley from the inside of the castle is absolutely breathtaking… in fact it is in this castle that the idea of Palermo Walks started some years ago…

Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our vehicles are checked every month, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!

 

Schedule:

  • 9:30 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 11:00 Vicari Castle (inside, and visit of Vicari)
  • 13:00 Departure from Vicari Castle towards Cefalà Diana
  • 13:30 Lunch in Cefalà Diana (not included)
  • 15:00 Cefalà Diana Castle (inside or outside)
  • 16:30 Departure from Cefalà Diana towards Palermo
  • 17:30 Hotel or b&b drop-off
  • Booking Box

    Your experience starting from €99,00
    Number of People:
  • Options

    • Internet connection: €10 per person.
    • Customisation: if you prefer a shorter or a longer tour, to add or remove some points of interest, and/or if you require different hours, please contact us.
    • For a guide speaking a language different from English or Italian, please contact us.
    • For luxury services please contact us.
    • For special needs please contact us: convertible car seats for babies and foldable wheelchairs may be rented at €15 each.
    • For a tour leader service (cheaper than the guide service, only general information is provided) or a driver service (the cheapest option, good for those who don't need information about the sites), please contact us.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: from Monday to Saturday (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 9:30 from your hotel or b&b in Palermo's city centre. The time may slightly vary according to the total number of participants, so it will be confirmed via email; if your hotel or b&b is outside Palermo's city centre please contact us.
    • Duration: 8 hours.
    • Number of participants: 1-8, for more people please contact us.
    • Type of tour: open (people from different groups may join in), though limited to 8 people in total; for a private tour please contact us.
    • Location: Vicari and Cefalà Diana - province of Palermo.
    • Modality: by car or minivan.
    • Dress code: none.
    • Contribution: 1 person €199, 2 people €149 per person, 3-5 people €119 per person, 6-8 people €99 per person.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, guide speaking English and Italian.
    • Entry tickets: not included.

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