If we should write a list of all the interesting features of Palermo, maybe we would never finish!
Palermo is a city with more than 2800 years of intriguing history. During all this time it was conquered by many different populations. Fully different cultures gifted us with a unique combination of artistic styles, people and traditions.
Furthermore Palermo offers unexpected landscapes, a mild weather and it shows also the recent history: for instance we can still see traces of the bombing of World War II.
What will you experience during the walking tour of Palermo
The Reinaissance of the last few years
The Pretoria Fountain
Palermo has been Italian Cultural Capital City in 2018, all the monuments dating back to the 11th and 12th century are now included in the Unesco World Heritage List and the city center is nowadays mostly pedestrian.
Beauty and arts
Mosaics in Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio
You will be surprised by the amazing amount of jewels we have in Palermo!
You find here remains of Phoenician walls and tombs, of Roman villas, the Arab-Norman style, the Renaissance, the Mannerism, the extremely luxurious Baroque palaces and churches, the Art Nouveau.
If you would like to know which are the most visited places in Palermo, you can read our post aboutwhat to visit in the city.
During our walking tour we will discover the incredible history of the city, founded by Phoenicians in the 8th century B.C., conquered by Arabs in 831 and by the Normans in 1071, starting a period of immense prosperity.
Very interesting is also the Spanish period (that left us many baroque extravagant palaces and squares).
Furthermore in Palermo you can learn also some unknown aspect of World War II (the city was bombed in 1943) and of course we will deal also with what happened after the war. That means mafia and the problems that the city has been facing.
You will get a real taste the life of the locals today. Often these are experiences that fill your day. Consequently we love to bring you through small hidden streets, where you would probably not walk if you would be on your own.
Here is where you find a direct touch with the Palermitans! Speaking about the personality of the inhabitants, you will discover that they (we!) have their (our) own way to see and live the life!
Street food markets
The street food markets are an important part of your walking tour of Palermo.
Firstly because it is fun to experience the colors of the products and the spirit of the locals buying the best fish or the freshest fruit. Secondly they are perfect places to take amazing pictures, but also a way to be part of our everyday life today.
We have more the one market, the most famous are Capo, Vucciria and Ballarò. So we normally choose one, the most convenient for our itinerary.
Actually it is important to visit at least one of them because you will be surprised by the atmosphere, with the calls of vendors hawking goods and the huge amount of vegetables, fruit and fish everywhere.
In conclusion all these are only a few reasons why you should absolutely choose our walking tour of Palermo. Doing it with us, we are sure that we are going to transmit you our love and excitement for our city. So, be ready for Palermo, be ready for your perfect walking tour of Palermo!