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From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

1. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Palermo city center on a half-day tour to Monreale and Cefalù. Marvel at a Norman cathedral on the slopes of Monte Caputo, and learn the Greek and Medieval history of one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns. Following a pick-up from your hotel or the port of Palermo, transfer to Monreale where you will have approximately 1-hour to tour the Duomo. An official audio guide is included to learn the history of the 12th-century building, considered one of the greatest landmarks of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the south of Italy. Then, drive along the north coast of Sicily, on route to the beautiful town of Cefalù. Sit back and relax on the 1.5-hour journey, and on arrival go to the 12th-century Duomo. See traces of the Middle Ages at the Osterio Magno. Get panoramic views from the Porta Terra. Discover Greek and Arabic pottery in the Mandralisca Museum, and walk down some curving stone steps to a picturesque cluster of 16th-century wash basins at the Lavatoio.

Cefalù: Paragliding Flight with Instructor and GoPro10 Video

2. Cefalù: Paragliding Flight with Instructor and GoPro10 Video

Experience the rush of flying along Cefalù's stunning coastline on this paragliding tour. Be picked up from the center of Cefalù and use high-quality equipment to take-off with your qualified instructor. Enjoy sweeping views and land on the beach.  Meet your guide in Cefalù and relax on the transfer to your take-off point. Listen as your guide shares some safety information with you. Buckle into your well-maintained safety gear and listen as your guide tells you how to take flight.  Feel the excitement as you float high above the ground over fantastic views of the city of Cefalù and of waves hitting world-class beaches. During the flight your instructor captures videos and photos with GoPro10 from a selfie stick.  End your tour with a gentle landing on the beach and a transfer back to central Cefalù.

Cefalù: Guided Walking Tour & Cefalu Cathedral Mosaics

3. Cefalù: Guided Walking Tour & Cefalu Cathedral Mosaics

The guided tour of Cefalù, near Palermo and the Madonie Park, begins by discovering the ancient Jewish quarter, just outside the historic center of the town, where there are still traces of the Jews who populated this area for almost 200 years. History and tradition mix with architecture and buildings now inhabited more by fishermen, given the proximity to the sea and the ancient Porta Giudecca gate, through which you entered the neighborhood. From here, where you can admire the lighthouse, we continue our walk through the suggestive Sicilian alleys until we reach the small fishing port, framed by the ancient medieval Porta Pescara gate. This enchanting place with the colorful fishing boats has been chosen as a film set for important films such as New Cinema Paradiso and the latest Indiana Jones 5. The tour continues with a visit to the medieval wash house, in the atrium of Palazzo Martino, once a wash house. public with a lava stone staircase and a series of basins where the waters flow from mouths in the shape of a lion's head with supports that were used to rub clothes. Exploring the town you can admire the Palazzo Mandralisca externally which houses the museum famous for Byzantine icons and the portrait of the Unknown painted by Antonello da Messina. The tour ends with a visit to the most beautiful jewel of Cefalù, its Cathedral, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Basilica of the Transfiguration, in Norman style enriched by Arab influences, amazes with its imposing facade with a marble portal and two towers on the sides that represent one the power of the Church with a square plan and the other the power of the Kings and the nobility with octagonal plan. Inside the cathedral we will visit the Christ Pantocrator overlooking the apse facing the many faithful who flock to the Basilica to admire its splendor, surrounded by bright gold mosaics and paintings on a golden background in the Byzantine style.

Cefalù: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

4. Cefalù: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

Your tour will begin as you visit a local market with your Cesarina. There you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will begin a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will then sit down at an authentic Italian table to enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included consist of water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. This is your opportunity to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Cefalù: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

5. Cefalù: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive cooking show and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, dessert, and drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

6. Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

Embark on a scenic excursion in Sicily and see the verdant mountains of the Madonie, as well as the sparkling beaches along the crystalline Cefalu sea. Depart in the morning from your accommodation in Palermo or Mondello in a new and comfortable Van, and head to Castelbuono, the beautiful medieval village nestled in the Madonie park rich in history and traditions. Visit the Castle of Ventimiglia which houses a precious relic of St. Anna the Mother of Mary in addition to numerous other treasures. The visit will continue through the streets of the quaint Old Town, with the Church of Maria. Taste typical sweets, like panettoni, torroni, and cannoli Siciliani, produced by a famous artisan pastry world famous "Fiasconaro". After the visit, you will decide whether to have lunch at Castelbuono if you prefer a traditional rustic cuisine based on meat, cheese, salami, and wild boar, or continue to Cefalù if you prefer fresh fish maybe in a restaurant by the sea. After the tour continues to Cefalu, a picturesque seaside town one of the most popular destinations for tourists who come to Sicily. Here you can admire the magnificent Cathedral Arab-Norman, a UNESCO heritage site. Wander through the old town full of narrow streets and unique views, the small port, the Bastione, the Medieval Lavatoio, and finally down to the splendid beach of fine sand and crystal clear sea. Free time is available for shopping in the numerous characteristic shops in the center.

Sicily: Castelbuono, Castle of Ventimiglia, and Cefalù Trip

7. Sicily: Castelbuono, Castle of Ventimiglia, and Cefalù Trip

Meet your host and the rest of the group at the meeting point and drive to Castelbuono, a medieval village. The town develops around the castle of Ventimiglia, near a Byzantine hamlet called Ypsigro. Upon arrival, we join a small pastry shop to taste the famous Sicilian Panettone, a typical Christmas cake. Later onto Cefalù, a gorgeous town located on the northern coast of Sicily and one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Built on a promontory dominated by a sheer cliff, Cefalù, still keeping its ancient print, has grown around the Cathedral wanted by Ruggero II. Stroll through the medieval narrow street and admire the picturesque houses on the sea and the long beach of finest sand. At the end of the tour head back to Palermo.

Cefalù: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

8. Cefalù: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Cefalù: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

9. Cefalù: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local in Cefalù, enjoying the distinctive Italian market experience and learning how to recognize the best products by sight. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes from the area's regional cuisine. At the end of your lesson, savor the fruits of your labor, washed down with local wines. During the lesson, learn the tricks of the trade for 3 authentic local recipes from your local chef guide and have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared, accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

10. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

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Great experience. Sebastiano (our driver/guide) was able to pick us at our hotel in the morning. He took us to Monreale right when it opened, spent about 1.5 hour there. Then we went to Cefalu and spent 2 hours there. We were able to wander around the areas by ourselves but Sebastiano makes sure you have a sense of where you are, what you should see, and when/where he will pick you back up. Very punctual as well. Awesome service!

Awesome trip. We were picked up and dropped off at our Airbnb. I love hands-off tours where the driver gives you a few tips and then you're off on your own. I had my two children with me and we were able to explore on our own and enjoyed some playtime. I would definitely recommend if you're more of a hands-off traveler.

Good morning, I bought a paragliding flight for my husband for his birthday. Husband was very pleased, gentlemen very professional great energy. I also flew, it was amazing, beautiful views and adrenaline. Thank you very much gentlemen and I highly recommend this professional company.

This was a great half day trip from Palermo. Monreale had great views over the cities and a lovely church. Cefalu was beautiful on the water. It was during the holidays/off season, so my was closed, but it was fun to visit.

Beautiful example of art in my the late 11th century. inspiring.