A walk that combines the best spots and and the best street food in Palermo: what more to ask for?
For this guided walk we will pick you up at your hotel or b&b to head to Monreale, a city at the top of a hill near Palermo. Its main attraction is the Monreale Cathedral, one of the greatest extant examples in the world of the Arab-Norman architecture. Begun in 1174 by King William II, it is the large extent (6,500 m2, 69,965 ft2) of the impressive mosaics covering the interior which makes this church so splendid. To be mentioned is also the wonderful view of Palermo from the Cathedral's terrace.
Getting back to Palermo, it is high time to taste something really special! At Cappello, the shop's name (and also the owner's) you'll savour a cannolo (a tube-shaped shell of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta) and a portion of setteveli (an extraordinarily delicious chocolate cake): you'll be astonished!
In few minutes we arrive at thr Palermo Cathedral, erected in 1185 by Walter Ophamil (or Walter of the Mill), the Anglo-Norman archbishop of Palermo and King William II's minister, on the area of an earlier Byzantine basilica. Beautiful but totally different compared to the other cathedral: you'll see why...
Then Ballarò, the most ancient open-air marketplace in Palermo, of Arabic origins, where colours and smells and voices fill in the air. Fresh and cooked food is displayed on the stalls, sold by the sellers with their typical abbanniata (screaming the products' characteristics). It's the right place to taste some of our unique street food, like panelle (chickpea flour and parsley fritters), crocchè (deep fried mashed potatoes and mint croquettes), and sfincione (which looks like pizza but it is not! It's thicker, topped with onions, tomatoes, anchovies, and caciocavallo, a typical Sicilian cheese).
At this point the walk is over... we will then take you back to your hotel or b&b unless you are willing to keep exploring our food in a good restaurant… or in the streets!
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, 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 walk now to enjoy the best of Palermo!
- 8:00 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
- 8:30 Monreale Cathedral
- 10:30 Sweets and cakes
- 11:00 Palermo Cathedral
- 12:00 Ballarò open-air marketplace, with free tasting of street food
- 13:00 Hotel or b&b drop-off, or we may take you to a restaurant