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Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, was founded by the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC. Palermo remained a Phoenician city until the First Punic War, when Sicily fell under Roman rule. Palermo remains a jewel of the Mediterranean, and is Sicily’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. No visit to Sicily is ever complete without a visit to Palermo, a city that permits one not just to know this island but to begin to understand it.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Historic and Cultural Palermo
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Mysterious Palermo
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Old City & Monreale
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Panoramic Palermo & Granita
    Seated Tour
  • Sicilian Wines
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Historic and Cultural Palermo

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: PMO-001

This largely panoramic tour of Palermo offers an excellent overview of the capital city by presenting its key landmarks, including theaters, churches and market places.

Starting off from the pier, it's a leisurely drive around Palermo, Sicily's architecturally rich capital. Conquered repeatedly over the centuries, Palermo still bears the influence of its past rulers. The capital's artistic side comes to light in the Politeama Theater through Roman and Greek features such as its circular design and Doric columns. Similarly, there are Greek elements in the Massimo Theater, Palermo's exquisite opera house, which is distinguished as Italy's largest theater.

The Four Corners, usually referred to as the "Quattro Canti," represents the heart of historic Palermo and is surrounded by ornate architecture. Another center of activity, the famed Piazza Pretoria, is known for its spectacular fountain, which is adorned with dozens of white marble figures from mythology. You'll experience Palermo's vitality firsthand during your free time at the bustling Capo Market, a wonderfully atmospheric street market.

The city's churches also reveal much about the past. The Church of Martorana is celebrated for its mosaics, which are still brightly colored more than eight centuries after they were created. You'll also visit the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was built in 1612 with a Roman Baroque façade and a highly decorative interior that took more than a century to complete.

Following your comprehensive overview of Palermo's landmarks, you'll return to the pier where your tour concludes.

Please note: This tour includes approximately1-hour of moderate walking. There are some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited can vary.