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Monreale: Guided tour of Cathedral, Monastery and Mosaics

1. Monreale: Guided tour of Cathedral, Monastery and Mosaics

You'll take a guided tour of Monreale, which is just 5 kilometers from Palermo, at 310 meters above sea level on the hill of Mount Caputo. The visit will start from the cathedral, the symbol of the town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage monument in 2012. The cathedral is undoubtedly an architectural masterpiece of the 12th-century, in which different styles are linked together: the architecture of northern Europe, Romanesque art and Arabic art. Outside, it is richly decorated by two bronze doors, the first from Bonanno da Pisa and the second by Barisano di Trani, who also sculpted the doors of the cathedrals of Ravello and Trani. The interior is illuminated by magnificent gold mosaics that culminate in the Christ Pantocrator in the apsidal basin as the highest expression of figurative art. Your tour continues with the visit to the ancient Benedictine monastery and cloister, which flank the cathedral, and a look at the beautiful sight overlooking the valley and the golden basin of orange and citrus groves.

Palermo, Monreale and Mondello Private Tour with Street Food

2. Palermo, Monreale and Mondello Private Tour with Street Food

On this full-day tour visit the magnificent sights in the city of Palermo before moving on to the town of Monreale, where you will visit the fabulous cathedral. Finish off the day with a visit to the beach resort of Mondello. Your private chauffeur will first take you into the center of Palermo to explore its magnificent sights. Here you will visit Ruggiero VII Square (Piazza Politeama), the Theater Massimo, Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena), the Royal Palace and the Palatine Chapel – a beautiful chapel representing the best example of Arab-Norman art. After seeing the interesting sights in Palermo, visit the town of Monreale. Here you can admire the magnificent cathedral and cloister, one of the most stunning Norman churches.  Also visit Mondello, a popular beach resort near Palermo which was originally a small fishing village. Here you can enjoy the sight of the small fishing boats before returning to Palermo port, train station, or city center in the late afternoon. This tour will introduce you to some of Palermo's renowned and diverse, local street food.

Monreale & Palermo with street food tasting - Half Day Tour

3. Monreale & Palermo with street food tasting - Half Day Tour

Today departure for Monreale by taxi for a guided visit to the Dome, a wonderful example of the Arab-Norman art and architecture. Launched in 1174 by William II, the Dome represents scenes from the Old and New Testaments, all in golden mosaics. Later back to Palermo and start with a walk into a lively open air market, a place with strong Arab influences, resembling a souk, with picturesque stands of fresh fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to observe local people in their daily activities and to savor foods that real Sicilian people love to eat! A small tasting of typical street food is included. The walking tour through the ancient center of Palermo is approx 2.5 hours, and you will visit several monuments including Piazza Pretoria, and the exterior of the Cathedral. The tour will finish at the Four Corner to permit you to have the afternoon at leisure to explore Palermo on your own.

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Exellent - well worth paying for private tour

I have the most amazing photo taken of me standing in front of the end of the 2002 lava flow!! This tour was awesome, the guide picked me up on time, car was very nice and comfortable and the guide was a very good driver. I was taken to the 2002 lava flow, lava caves, the ski resort that was wiped out in the eruptions and later rebuilt nearby, climbed up several craters and went 4wd through some pretty rough terrain. I was then taken up to a village where from a great lookout I could see the whole valley on the Alacantra side and then to Alacantra gorge. Did a fair bit of walking but it was worth it and had an amazing day.

A wonderful visit with an exceptional guide

Patrizia was attentive to our wishes and our needs: we did not want the experience <Street food> , she offered us a visit from the point of view of Mount San Pellegrino ... it&#39;s really a private and personalized tour

Maria was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. It was a wonderful experience

Our guide was great. Knowledgeable, friendly and interesting.