Monreale & Cefalù • with local guide Mimmo • Exclusive Tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

121835


Categories

Shore Excursion, Religious Heritage, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town

Details

Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), Italian (fluent)

Exceptional example of socio-cultural syncretism between Cultures - World Heritage Sites - for up to 6 people


The Monastery of Monreale commissioned by William II (1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily, combines in one project employement of both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen. The highlight of the Cathedral is its interior, incandescent with the gold of the mosaics, covering the walls of the nave, aisles, transept and apse - 81800 square feet in total.

The second part of the tour takes you out of the city. Driving east along the north coast till Cefalù, a medieval town full of charm. The sturdy Norman lines of Cefalu's Cathedral, 12th century Arab-Norman monument, are softened by palm trees, and tourist's shirts are filling the city hall piazza before it.

For up to 6 travelers

Itinerary

The apotheosis of Norman architecture in Sicily, is the Cathedral in MONREALE with its splendid mosaics from the 12th century, it is part of the World Heritage Arab Norman Period, built under William II. It rivals Saint Sophia in Istanbul and Saint Mark's in Venice in its use of decorative mosaics. While it is Romanesque in overall style, the cathedral combines aspects of Arab, Byzantine and Norman architecture.

This part of the tour takes you out of the city. Driving east along the beautiful north coast, to an enchanting area which is covered with many woodland areas. We'll reach the lovely town of CEFALU', once a typical fishing village. During a stroll trough the caracteristic streets, we'll visit the medieval washhouse and the Norman Cathedral from the 12th Century. Of course, we'll stop for a cappuccino or a gelato in the pleasant town center.

Please note the Dress Code recommended to enter any church. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Port or your hotel in Palermo

End location: Starting Point

Duration: 7 hours

✔️ Trips and shore excursions are subject to ship arrival and departure times and may be adjusted to ensure a safe return to port.

Transportation

Top Class Mercedes Minivan

What’s Included

- Transportation according itinerary
- Guided Walking Tour in Cefalù
- Guided tour inside Duomo of Monreale
- Highway & Parking fees
- Hotel or port pick up/drop off

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 EUR - Light Lunch

What’s Extra

x Entrance fees to monuments.
x Lunch

Restrictions

NONE - can give guided tours inside archeological areas, monuments and towns all over Sicily
- Licensed LOCAL GUIDE
- Registered DRIVER (special permit)
- Mercedes V-Class (2018) for up to 6 travelers

A Recent Review of this tour

We had a great tour to Monreale and Cefalù with Mimo Salvo. Mimo picked us up at our hotel on time and we started our Sicilian adventure! Mimo was very informative, professional and entertaining on our tour. We highly recommend this tour with Mimo as your guide!!
Rosemarie B.

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