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From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

1. From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

Follow in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans on a day trip where your transport is taken care of for you. Discover some of the finest Roman mosaics in the world at the Villa Romana del Casale. Learn all about the Valley of the Temples archaeological site with a licensed local guide. Meet your driver in central Palermo and be taken straight to Piazza Armerina, where you will explore the Villa Romana del Casale independently. Marvel at the luxurious 4th-century villa, home to an influential Roman family. Take your time to examine its exquisite mosaic flooring. Continue to Agrigento for a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of Temples, built by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. See the ruins of temples, necropolises, houses, streets, and everything else you'd expect to find in an ancient city. Finally, return to the meeting point in Palermo.

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

2. Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.

From Palermo: Guided Mafia Tour of Corleone & Hotel Pickup

3. From Palermo: Guided Mafia Tour of Corleone & Hotel Pickup

Excursion program: meeting with your driver at your hotel, B&B, cruise ship in the morning at 08.30 am, departure with New and comfortable van from Palermo. First stop Portella della Ginestra: visit places of the first Mafia massacre by the bandit Giuliano. Second stop Piana degli Albanesi where you can taste the famous Sicilian typical sweet Cannoli. Afterwards we will continue to Corleone, arrival scheduled for 11:30 am, visit to the Anti-Mafia Museum and to the places that inspired the protagonist of the famous novel by Mario Puzzo and the film Don Vito Corleone. The museum guide will explain everything from the birth of "Cosa Nostra" in America to the present day, you will see a part of the museum dedicated to the Maxi Trial and to the judges Heroes Falcone and Borsellino. You will have lunch if you want in a local restaurant or bar. If possible you will assist to the preparation of ricotta and sheep cheeses in a local dairy. After lunch departure for the Ficuzza wood reserve, visit of the reserve. Return to the hotel in the afternoon around 16:30.

Cefalù: Sicily's Capital Palermo Street Food Tour

4. Cefalù: Sicily's Capital Palermo Street Food Tour

Here the architectures mix in Gothic, Norman and Baroque styles but it's the Moorish and Arabs who have left the strongest trace. They say that Palermo is hard to describe, it's a sensual, fascinating and chaotic city. It is one of those cities with its own atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveler's imagination.  The guide will explain some of the city's wonders and a stroll at your own pace will allow you to take in the flavors of this magnificent city. This tour is a walking tour through the main squares and street markets of the city center that allows travelers to sample the best Palermitan street food. Along the walk participants enter places hung out only by real Sicilians, such as bakeries and old inns. All places have been selected to offer travelers the most authentic street food. The group will be constituted with a maximum of ten participants in order to let people enjoy the walk. This tour isn't just for food! Itineraries are designed to offer travelers a complete overview on the history, arts, food and traditions of Palermo. Tour guides provide historical information on the monuments and churches visible along the walk and share with travelers the most intimate secrets of local cuisine and habits.    

Corleone: Beyond the Godfather Guided Walking Tour

5. Corleone: Beyond the Godfather Guided Walking Tour

Enter into the little town nestled in the Sicilian countryside renowned for its mob violence and the infamous mafia boss, Toto Riina. Retrace the history of Corleone with a local activist and learn about the Anti-mafia resistance. Discover the names that are now symbolic of Anti-mafia liberation. Walk through the city center and climb to stunning panoramic viewpoints of the village and Sicilian countryside. Admire the paintings of Gaetano Porcase in the 'Laboratory of Legality' and see the history of the resistance for yourself.

Palermo: 2-Hour Small Group Private Walking and Tasting Tour

6. Palermo: 2-Hour Small Group Private Walking and Tasting Tour

On this 3-hour walking tour, you’ll have the chance to savor a wide variety of local delicacies, typical street foods, sweets and wines. Explore the historic streets of Palermo, while indulging in traditional Sicilian cuisine. The local guide will lead you on a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. Also visit the bustling Capo Market to taste the arancine, calzoni, spiedini, and frittola. Try the pane ca meusa at Vucciria Market, as well. This small group tour, led by a local English-speaking guide, is limited to 12 people to ensure a more personalized experience.

Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

7. Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

Embark on a scenic excursion in Sicily and see the verdant mountains of the Madonie, as well as the sparkling beaches along the crystalline Cefalu sea. Depart in the morning from your accommodation in Palermo or Mondello in a new and comfortable Van, and head to Castelbuono, the beautiful medieval village nestled in the Madonie park rich in history and traditions. Visit the Castle of Ventimiglia which houses a precious relic of St. Anna the Mother of Mary in addition to numerous other treasures. The visit will continue through the streets of the quaint Old Town, with the Church of Maria. Taste typical sweets, like panettoni, torroni, and cannoli Siciliani, produced by a famous artisan pastry world famous "Fiasconaro". After the visit, you will decide whether to have lunch at Castelbuono if you prefer a traditional rustic cuisine based on meat, cheese, salami, and wild boar, or continue to Cefalù if you prefer fresh fish maybe in a restaurant by the sea. After the tour continues to Cefalu, a picturesque seaside town one of the most popular destinations for tourists who come to Sicily. Here you can admire the magnificent Cathedral Arab-Norman, a UNESCO heritage site. Wander through the old town full of narrow streets and unique views, the small port, the Bastione, the Medieval Lavatoio, and finally down to the splendid beach of fine sand and crystal clear sea. Free time is available for shopping in the numerous characteristic shops in the center.

Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

8. Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

Explore the beauty of Sicily on this bus tour from Palermo. Be picked up from your accommodation and enjoy air-conditioned transfers to the town of Noto, the island of Ortigia, and and the Archaeological Park of Siracusa. Enjoy the convenience of being picked from Palermo in the morning. Sit back and relax on the comfortable drive to the town of Noto. Spend some time wandering through the town on your own to see sights like the 18th-century Noto Cathedral or the balconies of the Nicolaci Palace. Continue to the the island of Ortigia. Take some free time to buy lunch or see sights like the natural freshwater spring known as the Fountain of Arethusa or the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cathedral of Syracuse. Finally, head to the Archaeological Park of Siracusa where you can purchase tickets to see the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheater. Return to your accommodation in Palermo at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Palermo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 60 reviews

The best way to from Palermo! The trip went great, we sopee for food and toilettes, and the bus was really comfortable. Marco, the guide was very charming and welcoming. He knows a lot about the history and story of valley of temples so we had an amazing experience. The Roman villa is a MUST and it’s quite in the middle of no we’re so this is definitely the best way to get there. Incredible experience! I recommend 100%!!

Just back from our trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. Got to try the best ever cannoli and some amazing local cheeses. Loads of interesting facts about Siciliy in general and the visit to the Anti Mafia museum was really informative. Would recommend the trip as not just about the visit to Corleone which was brilliant but loads of other things too.

Enthusiastic and friendly guide who gave us a lot of background information. Recommended.

Stunning locations and a very knowledgeable English speaking guide.

Great trip! Really enjoyed it and our guide Maria was excellent!