Your Palermo tour will officially kick off when you pass through the old city gate of Porta Carini, and it’s there that our story — complete with a cast of characters! — will begin.
We’ll walk through the market, which is a story in itself, filled with all kinds of personalities — think fish mongers shouting out, locals shopping for their weekly supplies, and crowds snacking amid trays of colourful Italian produce. As you mingle with the crowd, you’ll learn the secrets of the market, like how to recognise what’s fresh versus what’s past its prime.
From there, your Palermo walking tour will introduce you to our first character of the morning, the so-called “Pupa ru Capo.” This beautiful women lives in a mosaic on an old bakery wall behind a church, and it’s said that Saint Rita sometimes appears here — ghost or miracle? We’re still not sure, so you can decide!
Our Palermo tour will then take us to Piazza Beati Paoli, where you’ll learn the story of a medieval secret sect that’s been compared to the modern-day Mafia. (Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.)
We’ll then move on to the Cathedral square where one of the city’s most important characters is commemorated. The patron saint of Palermo, Santa Rosalia, is said to have retreated to a cave atop a nearby mountain, ignoring worldly possessions (and the advances of a less-than-ideal suitor), and devoting herself to god until the day she died. Hear her story at this holy spot dedicated to her life.
Of course, a good story goes best with a good drink, so we’re going to stop the walk for a break at an old taverna in Ballarò Street Market. Here you’ll get to taste Zibibbo, a dry, sweet wine that originated in Sicily. You’ll also hear the story of the Duke Cagliostro, an 18th-century Palermitan man who was renowned across Europe for tricking the most influential royal families with his alleged magical powers.
We’ll finish up with a walk through the fairies’ square, where men used to disappear at night and mysteriously re-appear at home a day later. Lastly, we’ll bid ciao at Piazza Bologni, one of the main squares of the city centre — from here you can spend the rest of your day exploring Palermo.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, glass of wine, entrance ticket to Immacolata Concezione church.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, entrance tickets to monuments (except Immacolata Concezione).
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes for walking. We also recommend wearing a hat in summer months (June to August).
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. UA Palermo has a 10 minute-waiting policy; the tour will start no later than 10 minutes after the allocated time.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Despite its rough tales of the past, Palermo is a safe city, but please take any precautions as you would anywhere else in the world (e.g., don't walk around the alleys wearing flashy jewellery, and keep your wallet in your front pocket).
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.