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
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.
Top Class Mercedes Minivan
- Transportation according itinerary
- Visit of Cefalù & Monreale
- Highway & Parking fees
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 EUR - Light Lunch
x Entrance fees to monuments.
x Meals & Beverages.
NONE - can give guided tours inside archeological areas, monuments and towns all over Sicily
- Licensed LOCAL GUIDE
- Certfied DRIVER (special license)
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Mimmo was very knowledgeable, providing commentary along the entirety of the walk through the city. He had many facts about various sights along the way in addition to the big attractions we visited. Also, he took us to two different markets in the city, showing us the popular local food. In the short time we were touring, we felt that we learned a lot about the rich history of Palermo. Overall, it was a very enjoyable tour through Palermo.