Sea and Mountains

Sea and Mountains

Palermo: different views, different emotions.

This tour links two extraordinary features of Palermo's landscape: sea and mountains. For these same features the Arabs, in 948, moved the capital city from Syracuse to Palermo and since then Palermo has been one of the most important cities in the Mediterranean area, and at those times the most important city of the Italian peninsula. The beauty of the city was intact after several centuries: the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in his book Italian Journey (1816-1817), described Mount Pellegrino as the most beautiful promontory in the world!

For this guided tour 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! We head firstly to Mount Pellegrino, indeed the first stop of our tour: after a 30-minutes drive uphill we arrive at something unique: the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saintess. The sanctuary, build into and around a natural cave, guards the bones of Santa Rosalia, probably a woman of noble origins who lived in the 12th century under the first Norman king of Sicily. According to a tradition, the bones were found by a hunter in 1624, while a plague was scourging the city; always according to a tradition, the plague ended because of a miracle by her, hence she was made a saint to become soon the patron saintess of the city. We then go to the top of the hill to admire a wonderful view of Palermo and its sea: time to take all the photos you want!

Getting back to Palermo we enter the Favorita Park, the largest city park in Europe. By driving under the canopies of its ancient trees we arrive in Mondello, an old fishermen village now the main beach of Palermo and an area with wonderful villas mainly used as second houses. A walk along the coastline is unmissable as it looks like that of some beaches on some islands in the Pacific Ocean!

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:

  • 9:00 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 10:00 Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia
  • 10:30 Panoramic view from the top of Mount Pellegrino
  • 11:30 Mondello Beach
  • 13:00 Hotel or b&b drop-off, or we may take you to a restaurant
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  • Options

    • Internet connection: €5 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: daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 9:00 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: 4 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 walk please contact us.
    • Location: Mount Pellegrino and Mondello - city of Palermo.
    • Modality: by car or minivan, and on foot.
    • Dress code: no shorts and no sleeveless garment as not allowed in religious sites; it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
    • Contribution: 1 person €99, 2 people €69 per person, 3-5 people €59 per person, 6-8 people €49 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: none.