Palermo Historical Tour


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Activity Level



Youth and Family, Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



Spanish (advanced), Italian (fluent), German (fluent), English (fluent)

Half day walking tour including a visit to the Norman Cathedral and Prisons of the Spanish Holy Inquisition

I will take you through the history of the Sicilian/Spanish Holy Inquisition. Starting from the beautiful Norman Cathedral of Palermo we'll walk along the narrow streets of the Corporations of artisans where the Judges followed the men and women condemned to death by the Holy Inquisition Court in a procession. Following the route of this macabre parade we'll go through "Cassaro", the oldest street of Palermo and we'll reach the old port district of La Cala, discovering the medieval quarters, Spanish facades and courtyards of the historic mansions. We will visit Palazzo Steri, seat of the Spanish Inquisition, and its prisons. The Tour ends in Piazza Marina, in the shade of the huge Ficus magnoloides then, if you want, you can try the Sicilian pastry, cannoli, granita and brioche with ice-cream. We can also end with a wine tasting in an elegant Bistrot. Please note the Dress Code recommended to enter any church. This Tour can be customized to meet your needs. On Monday this tour is not available!


Teatro Massimo
Capo market
Norman Cathedral
Quattro Canti
Piazza Bellini
Steri Palace
Marina Square/Cala
The tour ends in a nice bistrot in downtown

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your Hotel or at the Pier

End location: I will walk you at your Hotel or at the Pier

Duration: 3 hours

Please notice that most of the bistrot are closed between 15.00/18.00. If you request a tour in the afternoon is going to be better to start at 15.00 or after.
-Prisons of the Spanish Inquisition: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 19.00, 18.00 last entrance
On Monday this tour is not available!


This is a walking tour.

What’s Included

Guided Walking Tour in Palermo according to the itinerary

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 euros - If you want to have a taste of Local pastry before the wine tasting.
Taxi prices depends on the distance.

What’s Extra

5€ ticket fee for Palazzo Steri and Prisons
Local food testing: pastry, cannoli, granita, brioche with ice-cream
Wine tasting, starting from 10€

A Recent Review of this tour

Valentina is an excellent guide with a rare talent for blending the personable with her extensive knowledge of art history, delight in describing the mosaics, and Italian culture. We booked her for two days and we're very happy to have done this. She goes the extra mile and took us on our request to an excellent ceramics store. She's flexible and easy company. You won't be disappointed!
Maureen Leahey

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