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The Best of Europe - Summer Experiences in Palermo

A cultural melting pot since antiquity, vivid Palermo has a fascinating history to explore. When you stay at Villa Igiea, a turn-of-the-century palazzo, you’ll not only have stunning views of the port of Acquasanta and the Bay of Palermo; you’ll also be just minutes away from the city centre and its boulevards, piazzas and ancient Old Quarter. We have plenty of experiences in store for you this summer, from zipping through the city in a Fiat 500 past Baroque palaces and the twelfth-century Duomo to gliding through the Gulf of Palermo on a private boat tour.

 

SECRETS OF PALERMO AND MONREALE

Explore Sicily’s Phoenician capital in an all-encompassing guided tour in and around Palermo. Begin with a morning shopping trip to Capo market, taking in the vibrant sights, sounds and street food of the fabled mercato. Appetites sated, continue through the city’s boulevards, piazzas and ancient Old Quarter, admiring palaces, churches and fountains. Pause to take in the Quattro Canti and stunning, palm-fringed views of the Duomo. End your adventure with a drive to the Arab-Norman architectural treasure of Monreale, a twelfth-century town just outside Palermo – the perfect end to a perfect Palermo day.

VIG Monreale The Benedictine Cloister

 

PALERMO BY CINQUECENTO

Zip through Palermo in a true Italian icon, the Fiat 500 – or cinquecento – on a stylish driving tour of the city. You’ll meander past wide viales, Baroque palaces and iconic sights including the historic Old Quarter, the renowned Quattro Canti di Città and the city’s twelfth-century Duomo. Your tour concludes in the Arab-Norman quarter, a UNESCO protected area of the city and home to the striking Zisa Castle. Marrying history, picturesque scenery and the elegance of a classic car, this is an unforgettable, only-in-Sicily way to experience the capital in inimitable Italian style.

Palermo Cinquecento

 

DISCOVER CEFALÙ AND CASTELBUONO

Take in two of Sicily’s most striking sites on a guided day-trip to Cefalù and Castelbuono. Begin with a drive to the captivating medieval village of Castelbuono, nestled in the Madonie Mountains, where your guide will reveal the heritage of its landmark church, castle and charming cobbled streets. Continue to the seaside city of Cefalù, blessed with expansive beaches and a charming historical centre. Explore the old town and the twelfth-century cathedral with its glorious golden Byzantine mosaics before your return journey to Palermo.

VIG Cefalù 1

 

UNFORGETTABLE BOAT TOUR

Glide through the Gulf of Palermo and soak up some of the best views of the coastline with a private boat tour of Sicily’s capital. This unforgettable day trip is perfect for groups and families to enjoy a memorable day together. Our driver will be delighted to drop anchor for you at some of Palermo’s most striking swimming spots, including Mondello Gulf, Capo Gallo Reserve and Isola del Femmine. Delicious refreshments will be provided, including soft drinks and a buffet lunch served aboard. All you need do is kick back, relax, and watch Palermo’s idyllic scenery go by.

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