Walking tour Palermo one
City sightseeing Palermo
Palermo, for its urban structure of Arabic influence, full of narrow streets and lanes, is especially suited to do a walking tour. Piazza Politeama (Politeama Square) is the main square of Palermo, where the main city streets meet: Emerico Amari street, (the road that connects the square with the harbor of Palermo, 543 m), Ruggero VII street, Dante street, Libertà avenue. We continue along Ruggero VII street, ‘’ lounge'' of Palermo, we pass the Church of St. Lucia ** and the kiosk Ribaudo, beautiful Liberty style testimony of E. Basile, we are already in Piazza G. Verdi where stands, in all its majesty, the largest theatre of Europe: the Theatre Massimo (exterior only)
Continuing along Via Maqueda, ancient commercial street in Palermo, full of churches and historic buildings, we come accross the street Candelai, multiethnic and nightspot Movida heart of Palermo. We arrive at Vigliena square commonly known as Four Canti or Octagon or Theatre of the Sun which cuts exactly into four parts Palermo’s map.
Passing the beautiful Church St. Joseph of Theatine* and continuing along the Cassaro ( Vittorio Emanuele street) for a few minutes to get to the Cathedral of Palermo, full of styles from various periods, and most representative symbol of the city of Palermo.
Tour of to the Cathedral*.
From the Cathedral of Palermo we continue on towards Piazza della Vittoria (Victory square) to reach the Royal Palace or Palace of the Normans (exterior only), home of the Sicilian Regional Assembly. (Time not scheduled for the tour of Palatine Chapel near Royal Palace)
Returning to our path through the inner lanes there are old Arab quarters to view along the way. Firstly we pass the Church and the community of St. Clare, we cross the piazzetta Pietro Speciale ( Special Peter little square), via Maqueda (Maqueda street) to arrive at Piazza Pretoria, (Pretoria square) where the Community Building is, also known as the Square of Shame (for its nude statues).
A viewing of the Church of the Martorana also known as Santa Maria of Admiral and St. Cataldo famous for its red domes of Arab style,
and along the way Discesa dei Giudici (Descent of Judges), we come to Via Roma, the city's main road that connects horizontally from the central train station to the new area. We cross the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, overcome the Teatro Biondo (Biondo Theatre) and descend through one of the most characteristic steps of Palermo, Discesa Caracciolo (Caracciolo descent), to arrive in the heart of the historic market Vucciria.
We visit the market and continue to the Piazza San Domenico (Saint Dominic square).
Tour of the Church of San Domenico*
Lunch time: we are at 150m from home, walking accross Discesa San Domenico (Saint Dominic Descent), towards Coltellieri street and Piazzetta Sant’ Andrea (Saint Andrew little Square) , and finally here we are at home; on the second floor of an old Spanish building of the sixteenth century, we will enjoy a rich buffet of Sicilian delicacies of quality : ‘’panelle e crocchè’’, ‘’sfincione’’, ''anelletti al ragu'', octopus salad, ‘’caponata’’ with a good Sicilian wine or other beverage of your choice. We will conclude our lunch with zibibbo wine, sicilian almond biscuits and coffee mocha espresso.
In case of unavailability of the private home, the lunch will be made at the Antica Focacceria San Francesco.
After lunch you will be escorted to the Piazza San Domenico (Saint Dominic Square).
*The churches visited along the tour are usually open, if not we are not responible ** For religious sites, it is recommended for everyone to cover up on reverence.