MEETING LOCATION: the pier of your cruse liner ( I'll hold a sign with your name ) or your hotel in Palermo
The tour can be customized according to your needs
END LOCATION : same as meeting place
DURATION: 4 or 7 hours
TRANSPORTATION: the excursion is walking tour or by taxi to reach Monreale ( approximately 60 euros return cost )
WHAT IS INCLUDED: my service as a tour guide, entrance fees are not included Meals is not included
ESTIMATED LOCAL CASH NEEDED: entrance fees Royal Palace € 8.50 p.p. Cloister Monreale € 6.00 all restaurants accepts credit card. Street food in a local market about 5 up to 10 euros drinks included
ITINERARY: guided walking tour in Palermo hidden sights in the old part of town. Visit the highlights of the Arab Norman Period, the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria, the Cathedral and the Royal Palace now the seat of the Sicilian Parliament . The Royal chapel designed by Roger II in 1130 representing the fusion of Byzantine , Arab, Norman and Sicilian civilization, this tour includes a typical market.
The 7 hours tour includes Monreale Cathedral and the Benedectine cloister
Monreale a hill town just outside Palermo with the splendid position high above the Conca D'Oro. There you can find charming cafè and souvenirs shops. The Cathedral is certainly the apogee of Arab Norman art inspired by a vision. . The mosaics depict the whole stories of the Bible. The colour are not as bright as those of the contemporary mosaics in the Palatine Chapel, but the figures seem more expressive. They were completed between the late-1100s and early-1200s century by craftsmen from Venice and Sicily. The composition and their features and the symbols are often the same as those used in the Palatine Chapel. Their arrangement follow a precise program, the art used as an instrument of religion and serve to educate the faithful in the teachings of the Christian Church.