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Palermo Visit-Pay for driving tour or not??

by dianedean

Hi, We will be visiting Palermo in early Oct. by cruise ship. We will only be in port from 7am-5pm. We are trying to decide whether to be cheap and try to see the city on our own (as well as Monreale, Mt. Pellegrino)or to hire a driver. We were quoted $139 per person to see Cattedrale Di Palermo,Quattro Canti,Piazza della Vergogna,Catacome dei Cappucccini,Capella Palatina,Palazzo dei Normanni, lunch by the Mondello Sea,old Chiostro in Monreale, Mt.Pellegrino, and Santa Rosalia Church. My questions are #1. Is this a feasible itenerary? Can all this be done easily in one day or is the tour company being overly optimistic? #2. Is it worth the $139/person to do this? Would we be better off trying to find our way around ourselves?? We want to be able to see as much as possible so I am leaning towards hiring the driver but want others advice before I book it. Thanks so very much. Diane

Re: Palermo Visit-Pay for driving tour or not??

by domenicococozza

Taking in everything in that itinerary is a long call. It can be done but you're not gonna be getting out of the car, more than once or twice. From Palermo to Monreale alone, is 1/2 hour by car in each direction. By the time you've disembarked from the ship it's gonna be 8 or 8.30.
You will want to be back to the ship by 4.30.
This leaves 7 hours for sightseeing. Presumably you will want to stop somewhere for lunch(1 hour)and a couple of times for coffee/snacks(another 45 minutes)
Your sightseeing is now reduced to 5.25 hours.
I would personally, set my sights on Palermo and leave Monreale for another trip.
If you go down this road, there is a sightseeing tour you can take by bus in Palermo for about 13 euros per person.
But,then,if the tour company you are thinking of using says it can accomodate the entire itinerary in one day, then the price is not bad.

Re: Palermo Visit-Pay for driving tour or not??

by Paisleypaul

You may hit a snag is there is a wedding on at Monreale you will not be able to go in. It is worth seeing though, worthy of the epiphet of Sicily's most beautiful building.
That aside, the Cathedral, "Fountain of Shame", Quattro Canti, Teatro etc. are all within several minutes walk of each other. I would base the trip around 2 or 3 cabs at a lot less than $278 per couple

Travel Tips for Palermo

Roberto il Guiscardo

by lichinga

Among many peoples that came around Sicily in the latest 5,000 years, Roberto il Guiscardo had been one of the most prominent leader. His statue is erected in face of Palazzo dei Normanni, in the shadow.

Street markets

by lichinga

You will find some street markets in Palermo, as well as in almost al other Italian cities. Two of them are the most known and large: Vucciria and Ballaro'; not very far one from the other. Vucciria is on the sea-side of via Roma and Ballaro lies in the corner between Vittorio Emmanuele and Maqueda streets.
Don't worry: you are welcome to walk amid the stalls!

Fontana Pretoria

by ruki

This wonderful sixteenth-century fountain can be found in the center of the square carrying the same name. It was built by the Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani, and originally decorated the garden of a villa in Tuscany. It was then purchased by the city of Palermo, dismantled and rebuilt in Piazza Pretoria.
The fencing around the fountain, designed by Giovan Battista Basile, was built in 1858

Palatina Chapel

by Propermark

It was begun in 1130, the year of Roger II's coronation as first king of Sicily, it was completed in thirteen years.
In it there is the visual enactment of the fusion of manifold characters making up Sicily: European, Sicilian, Byzantine and Arab.
The chapel is in the shape of a basilica, with three naves divided by granite columns with rich gilded Corinthian capitals.
The mosaics are the finest products of Byzantine art unrivalled in any of the existing churches.

Worth special mention are the Christ Pantocreator in the cupola, the Angels surrounding him and the Evangelists engrossed in their studies, which are the oldest mosaics.

Palermo - casa di pane e panelle yum

by Ruthy2001

"Palermo Paradise"

Palermo has got to be the best place I have visited in my life. The food is fantastic, the weather is beautiful but most importantly I have never felt so welcome. The people are so generous and friendly and all the people I met were so kind to me.


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