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Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale) Tours

Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)
The mosaic-filled Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale) is both one of Italy’s most impressive masterpieces of medieval architecture and one of Sicily’s finest examples of Norman design. The triumph of Norman, Arab, Byzantine and classical elements was built by William II in 1184, and continues to dazzle visitors almost 1,000 years later.

The Basics
Dominating the small town of Monreale, the Duomo, or Cathedral, clings to the slopes of Monte Caputo above the Golden Valley (Conca d’Oro), just 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of Palermo. Go inside to marvel at the exquisite Byzantine mosaics that cover 68,889 square feet (6,400 square meters) of the walls and ceiling, depicting religious scenes. The sumptuous art continues in the complex’s abbey cloister, lined with more than 200 intricately carved double columns adorned in colorful mosaics.

To save time at the entrance, book your admission ticket online in advance. Palermo sightseeing and street food tours often include an excursion to the Duomo, part of the UNESCO-listed group of nine Arab-Norman cathedrals in Palermo, Cefalù, and Monreale. Alternatively, visit from Taormina or Cefalù.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Though the Duomo is a must for art and architecture buffs, you don’t have to be a culture aficionado to be impressed by its grandeur.
  • Modest clothing covering the shoulders and knees is required to enter the cathedral.
  • The cathedral and abbey are accessible to wheelchairs.

How to Get There
Though Monreale is just a short drive from Palermo, parking can be hard to find. Get there by bus, boarding at Palermo’s Piazza Indipendenza, or join a guided tour that includes transportation.

When to Get There

The Duomo is open every day. As Monreale is a popular day-trip destination, visit the Duomo in the early morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds.  

Highlights of the Duomo of Monreale
Many travelers go to the Duomo to see the vast 12th-century mosaics inside. Inspired by stories from the Old and New Testaments, the Byzantine masterpieces are made with millions of shimmering gold and vibrantly colored glass tiles. Look for the scenes depicting Noah’s ark, the banishment from the Garden of Eden, and Christ healing a person with leprosy.
Address: Piazza Guglielmo II, 1, Monreale, Palermo, Sicily 90046, Italy
Admission: Varies
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36 Tours and Activities to Experience Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)

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Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-day Tour

Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-day Tour

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Discover two of Palermo’s most distinctive landmarks on this immersive, private tour. Set off from your accommodation—hotel pickup and drop-off are included—and venture first to the Capuchin Catacombs: a macabre destination home to thousands of mummified bodies, many of them priests. Next, discover the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Monreale, famous for its fusion of Norman and Arabic architecture. A break for Sicilian coffee and nibbles is also included.
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  • 4 hours
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$111.16
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3-Days Tour to discover Western Sicily: Culture, Colors & Flavors, from Palermo

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3-Days Tour to discover Western Sicily: Culture, Colors & Flavors, from Palermo

This tour aims to offer a complete experience for both your eyes and your palate. You will visit some of the most beautiful places, cities, villages in Western Sicily: rich in history, culture and art. Palermo, Monreale, Mondello, Erice, Segesta, Trapani, Cefalù, Castelbuono, The Saline with Their different colors. You will taste the typical Cannoli, the Marsala, the Almond sweets in Erice, the cheeses and the artisanal Salami in Castelbuono, the street food in Palermo, fish dishes in Trapani and the foods that made us famous in the world. This is a private and exclusive tour, you will only be in the group, there will be no other people. We will be out of the normal tourist circuits, we will visit isolated, peaceful and safe places.
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  • 3 days
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Full Day City Tour in Palermo , Monreale and Mondello, from Palermo

Full Day City Tour in Palermo , Monreale and Mondello, from Palermo

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Maximize your time in Palermo with this sightseeing tour, which showcases the best of the city and the surrounding region. Visit the hillside town of Monreale, known for its Norman cathedral and 12th-century mosaics, and explore Palermo’s historic center. Enjoy beach time at the seaside resort of Mondello and venture up Monte Pellegrino to view the 17th-century Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia cave shrine.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$247.03
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Full Day Excursion Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

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Full Day Excursion Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

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On this two-for-one, full-day private tour, you’ll discover top historical sights in both Monreale—famous for its mosaic-filled 12th-century cathedral—and stunning, seaside Cefalù. Travel comfortably by air-conditioned minivan, with bottled water and hotel transfers included. You’ll also enjoy free time to browse local boutiques.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$277.91
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Monreale Tour and Catacombs

Monreale Tour and Catacombs

the tour was organized to admire the beauty of the wonderful Cathedral of Monreale Unesco World Heritage Arab Norman itinerary, then continuation for the visit of the famous Catacombs of the Capuchins
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$135.87
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Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area

Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area

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On this full-day tour from Palermo, you’ll be driven to three of Sicily’s most stunning and history-packed destinations. Enjoy free time to explore the castle town of Castelbuono, the hillside town of Monreale, and the originally Greek seaside hub of Cefalu. Discover the region’s Arab-Norman roots with optional visits to the opulent Cappella Palatina and 14th-century Castelbuono.
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  • 7 hours
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$225.67
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Palermo and Monreale

Palermo and Monreale

Hotel pick up. Half day reserved for the visit of the Norman Palace (where inside you can visit the wonderful Palatine Chapel). Free time to visit the Cathedral of Palermo, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Proceed in the direction of Monreale, to visit the Cathedral, considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world (where inside you can admire its magnificent mosaics, the very famous Christ Pantocrator and its imposing monumental pipe organ. Free time for the visit to the cloister and the gardens of the municipal Villa. I'm going back to the hotel. End of our services.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Palermo & Monreale Historical Tour

Private Palermo & Monreale Historical Tour

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Palermo is rich in historic and cultural treasures, but getting around the city and nearby Monreale with public transportation can be stressful and time consuming. Save hours by exploring with a private driver, skipping the hassle of crowded buses and trains and taking in highlights like the Norman palace, Zisa Castle, and Ballarò and Vucciria markets in just hours. Afterwards, set off to nearby Monreale to admire its magnificent cathedral.
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  • 7 hours
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Tour Monreale and Mondello half day

Tour Monreale and Mondello half day

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tour reso unico dal fascino dei bellissimi mosaici di Monreale ed i particolari colori del mare caraibico di Mondello
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$148.22
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Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion

Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion

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Spend time exploring the glorious Duomo of Monreale, Cathedral and Cloister and the Medieval town of Cefalù during this half-day trip from Palermo. Travel to Monreale for a 1-hour Duomo tour. Next, travel to charming Cefalù for a tour that includes the Duomo, Medieval lavatory, Mandralisca Museum and more.
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  • 6 hours
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$80.12
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5-days Sicily tour: food & culture traveling off the beaten paths

5-days Sicily tour: food & culture traveling off the beaten paths

Discover the magic of Sicily on this 5-day tour. Walk the streets of Palermo, stopping at markets and bars to taste delicious wine and street food. Escape the city to admire hilltop views from Erice, tour the Greek Theater in Segesta, and learn how sea salt is collected in Trapani. Hop into a vintage Piaggio Ape and travel to Monreale to see the golden mosaics of the town’s cathedral.
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Exclusive CEFALU' and MONREALE Tour - with Local Guide - starts from Palermo

Exclusive CEFALU' and MONREALE Tour - with Local Guide - starts from Palermo

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Cefalù and Monreale are the jewels in the crown of northern Sicily, with beautiful architecture and rich Arab, Byzantine, and Norman history to explore. When your cruise ship docks in Palermo, spin through the Madonie Regional Natural Park by air-conditioned minivan and reach both sites in one day. Discover top attractions including the Norman-style Cefalù Cathedral and Monreal’s UNESCO–listed Norman-Byzantine cathedral, and see the best of Sicily with ease—with round-trip travel from the port in Palermo included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Palermo and Monreale Tour

Palermo and Monreale Tour

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Spend a day exploring the best of Palermo and the glories of Monreale with this combination day trip. See the top attractions in the old town of the Sicilian capital of Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Cathedral, and Politeama Theater. Next, travel up to the hilltop town of Monreale to tour the famous Duomo. Marvel at the golden mosaics covering the Duomo's interior.
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  • 4 hours
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Private tour Palermo and Monreale

Private tour Palermo and Monreale

A fascinating tour that will allow you to admire artistic masterpieces of rare beauty. We will go up to Monreale, by car or minivan, to visit the Cathedral of Monreale, a UNESCO site, with its splendid Byzantine mosaics that extend over an area of 6000 square meters. Then we will move to Palermo to admire another UNESCO site: the Palazzo dei Normanni, an Arab-Norman jewel embellished by the beautiful Palatine Chapel, the Capuchin catacombs and the historic Cape market. Read more about Tour Palermo and Monreale 2019 - Sicily
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Tour Monreale & Bagheria Guttuso Museum

Tour Monreale & Bagheria Guttuso Museum

tour made unique by the charm of the Cathedral of Monreale with its wonderful mosaics, and by the visit of Villa Cattolica in Bagheria (Guttuso Museum)
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$179.10
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Best of Palermo shore excursion: Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù private tour

Best of Palermo shore excursion: Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù private tour

When your cruise ship docks in Palermo, maximize your day at port on a private shore excursion that shows you the best of Sicily with none of the hassle. After exploring the markets and monuments of Palermo, venture uphill to the Byzantine Monastery of Monreale, known for its dazzling golden mosaics. Finish with a visit to the medieval coastal town of Cefalù, perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$242.03
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Tour Monreale and Cefalù

Tour Monreale and Cefalù

the tour was organized to make a particular day a visit to an important tourist attraction (Monreale) and one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily, which also houses the cathedral and old wash houses (Cefalù).
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$222.33
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Monreale and Cefalù - Private

Monreale and Cefalù - Private

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Palermo Arab-Norman and the Cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale is an Italian serial site listed by UNESCO in the List of World Heritage Sites. The series includes nine artistic-monumental assets of the Arab-Norman architecture during the Norman period in Sicily, seven kept in the city of Palermo and one each in Cefalù and Monreale. These are two palaces, three cathedrals, four churches and a bridge.
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  • 8 hours
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$454.00
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Full day tour of Palermo, Monreale and Mondello

Full day tour of Palermo, Monreale and Mondello

The tour was organized to admire the beauty of the Arab Norman itinerary of Palermo and its markets and historic alleys (Cathedral, Palatine Chapel, Piazza Pretoria, Quattro Canti, Martorana Church, Teatro Massimo, Mercato Ballaro '), visit of Monreale with its extraordinary Duomo and finally stop in the wonderful seaside resort of Mondello with its famous beach and Liberty style villas
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$191.45
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Sicily Private Tour from Palermo: Monreale, Etna, Taormina, Agrigento (3 days)

Sicily Private Tour from Palermo: Monreale, Etna, Taormina, Agrigento (3 days)

3 days to discover all faces of Sicily: The color of Palermo's market, the history of Agrigento, the heritage of the Etna Volcano and much more. Always escorted by a professional driver and an english or french speaking tour guide.
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$1,188.00
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Tour Palermo & Monreale from Punta Raisi Airport

Tour Palermo & Monreale from Punta Raisi Airport

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The tour was organized to admire the beauty of the Arab Norman itinerary of Palermo and its markets and historic alleys (Cathedral, Palatine Chapel, Piazza Pretoria, Quattro Canti, Martorana Church, Teatro Massimo, Mercato Ballaro '), visit of Monreale with its extraordinary Duomo and finally stop in the wonderful seaside resort of Mondello with its famous beach and Liberty style villas
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$247.03
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$247.03
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Monreale Tour & Chiesa Monastero Santa Caterina

Monreale Tour & Chiesa Monastero Santa Caterina

the tour was organized to admire the beauties of the Cathedral of Monreale and the Cloister of the Benedictines, a UNESCO heritage site, and there will also be time to also visit the Church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, a jewel of the Palermitan Baroque with an adjoining monastery, also inside the ancient secret pastry shop of the nuns The Secrets of the Cloister  or the ancient recipes of the cloistered nuns confectionery wisdom taken up and proposed at the Monastery of Santa Caterina in Palermo
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$160.57
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$160.57
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Monreale and Cefalù private tour with tour guide

Monreale and Cefalù private tour with tour guide

The guided tour was organized to make a particular day a visit to an important tourist attraction (Monreale) and one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily, which also houses the cathedral and old wash houses (Cefalù). The private tour is included of an authorized Italian-French tour guide - English for the whole day
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$518.76
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Exclusive MONREALE and SEGESTA Tour - with Local Guide - starts from Palermo

Exclusive MONREALE and SEGESTA Tour - with Local Guide - starts from Palermo

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• Exclusive Private Tour with licensed LOCAL GUIDE • Comfortable Transport from your hotel by Luxury Mercedes Minivan • Great introduction to Sicily for first time visitors • Visit two among the greatest sights of Italy Relax on a scenic drive through the Sicilian countryside to reach SEGESTA. The well preserved temple and the greek theater were built in the late 5th century BC. A visit to Segesta, which has inspired generations of travelers and artists, is an experience you cannot miss. The Monastery of MONREALE commissioned by William II (1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily. The highlight of the Cathedral is its interior, incandescent with the gold of the mosaics, covering the walls of the nave, aisles, transept and apse.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$315.47
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