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Palermo Tour

You simply won’t find the real Palermo in the guidebooks. Our alternative tours grew out of our passion and desire to show the real Palermo from a local perspective. We wanted to provide an exciting alternative to the traditional sightseeing tours on offer.

Our tours take you into the heart of Palermo’s vibrant culture to explore the past and present of the town and it’s creative hub.

We are official tourist guides who live locally and are both actively involved in the creative community.

We currently offer unique and original walking tours through the newly born street art scene around the historical centre and hiking trips up into the mountains where we will explore both well-known, sacred Sanctuaries as well as secret, lay ones. These include the sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, the patroness of the city and the abode of Isravele, a very special self-taught artist who has been hiding for years whilst completing his secret sanctuary that faces the sea.

Tour prices start at pay-what-you-want so there’s something for everyone at a price to suit all budgets.

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Palermo

Palermo

Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination and preconceived stereotypes. It is a buzzing Mediterranean centre whose 1 million inhabitants are a fascinating cocktail of apparently conflicting characteristics.

Palermo’s history has been anything but stable as the town passed from one dominating power to another with remarkable frequency. Its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean brought wave upon wave of invaders including the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracen Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians, the French and the Spanish Bourbons just to name the most influential. The result of this quilted history is evident today in the vast range of architectural styles, the intriguing fusion of ingredients used in many local dishes and in many place names which are obviously not of Italian origin.

Italy - Palermo - puppet museum (crop & enhance)

Visiting Palermo is still somewhat of an adventure in a world where so many places have become tourist-friendly to a fault. You won’t find many restaurants with menus translated into 5 different languages, you may have trouble communicating in English in many places, and some parts of the old town centre have remained untouched since they were bombed during the war. There are many back streets that have only just opened up to those from without and it is still often difficult to obtain any information worth having. However, this is also a stimulus to those who wish to embark on a little adventure, to discover things for themselves, to dig into the very fabric of the city and to try to understand what really makes Palermo (and its people) tick.

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