Palermo Cruises, Sicily
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This trip starts right in the heart of the Sicilian capital, Palermo, with a visit to the ancient cathedral. The huge, ornate building dates back to the 12th-century, and you’ll have time to snap a picture or two of the Norman, Gothic and Moorish architecture before the next stop. From here, your guide will lead you to Quattro Canti, one of the city’s prettiest and most famous squares, before you hop back on the coach for a trip to the mountain village of Monreale. Here, you’ll get to tour one of Sicily’s most popular attractions – the Cathedral of Monreale. Like its counterpart in Palermo, the first stones were also laid in the 12th-century, but this place comes with an even bigger reputation – as a national monument of Italy. Once you’ve finished your tour, there’s a slice of time to explore the winding streets and admire the views of the Conca d’Oro valley.
Three is the magic number on this tour, as you tick off a trio of Palermo’s biggest hitters. After meeting your guide at the port, you’ll drive into the centre of the city to see the Palatine Chapel. You’ll see gold-emblazoned columns and 12th-century mosaics inside, before making tracks for the grand Palazzao dei Normanni. There’s a regal feel to the palace, and your guide will tell you about its royal connections to the ancient Kings of Sicily. Before you head back to the port, there’s time to stroll around the corner to Palermo Cathedral – one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. You won’t have time to head inside, but the arches and domes make for stunning pictures from the flagstone courtyard.
You’ll be right in the thick of things on this trip, as you explore Sicily’s biggest city on foot. Starting at Palermo’s pretty pier, you’ll soon see the jumbled architectural influences as you weave a path through the city – a style described by locals as an Arabic-Norman mix. There are even tell-tale signs of Irish rule here, with the famous Quattro Canti crossroads designed to represent the four provinces of Ireland. As you get closer to the city centre, the colossal orange-hued Palermo Cathedral comes into view, and just around the corner is the Palazzo dei Normanni – filled with gold pillars and colourful mosaics. There’s no strict itinerary to stick to on this trip, so you’ve got carte blanche to do what you wan,t at your own pace.