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Piazza & Fontana Pretoria Tours

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Piazza & Fontana Pretoria
Palermo’s most famous piazza, the Piazza Pretoria, is just a few steps from the busy Quattro Canti - but a world away in terms of the kind of piazza experience it delivers.

The centerpiece of the Piazza Pretoria is the fountain, known as the Fontana Pretoria. It’s huge, designed in the 1550s by a sculptor from Florence named Camilliani. The fountain was originally commissioned for a private villa in Tuscany, but was gifted to the city of Palermo in 1574. City officials had razed several homes to make way for a grand fountain, meant to show off Palermo’s impressive city plumbing, but locals weren’t quite prepared for the fountain’s decorations when it was unveiled.

There are 16 figures on the Fontana Pretoria, all of which are entirely or partially nude, that circle the fountain. There is no side from which you can simply enjoy the water itself without seeing a nude statue - which many Palermitans in the late 16th century found scandalous. There are two churches facing the Piazza Pretoria - Santa Caterina and San Giuseppe dei Teatini - which may have added to the perceived inappropriate nature of the fountain’s decor.

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The Fontana Pretoria was nicknamed “Fontana della Vergogna,” or “fountain of shame,” by locals at the time, and the moniker stuck - even though Palermo is no longer ashamed of its famous fountain.
Address: Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Italy
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Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

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Capital of Sicily, Palermo is a city of rich history and impressive architecture—with hidden secrets round every corner. On this bike tour, hop onto the saddle, escape the tourist trail with your guide, and see sides of Palermo many visitors miss. Spin along peaceful back-streets and through pretty squares, sample Sicilian street food, and experience life in Palermo away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps.
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  • 3 hours
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Discover Palermo

Discover Palermo

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Walking tour in the heart of the city of Palermo, discovering historical markets, churches and squares. A journey through the history and culture of a unique city in the world.
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Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

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See two of northern Sicily’s most characterful destinations when you embark on this full-day trip from Palermo. In the morning, your guide picks you up from your accommodation; board an air-conditioned minivan and head to the medieval village of Castelbuono, located in the Madonie Mountains. See the Castle of Ventimiglia and visit a local pastry shop before continuing to Cefalù, home to a UNESCO-listed cathedral and impeccable seaside views.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$291.46
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Palermo city half day tour

Palermo city half day tour

The tour was organized to admire the beauties of the historic center of Palermo with its marvelous Cathedral, Castello della Zisa and the renowned Capuchin Catacombs. Finally stop at Porta Carbone with street food tasting (Panelle, Crocchè Panino con Milza)
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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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Full day tour of Palermo, Monreale and Mondello

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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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Full Day Excursion Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

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

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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Best Excursion in western Sicily to Erice, Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

Best Excursion in western Sicily to Erice, Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

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Explore Western Sicily from Palermo easily without having to rent a car with this tour of Erice, Trapani, and the salt flats. Travel comfortably from stop to stop by air-conditioned minivan as a guide tells you all about the area and its history as you go. Plus, round-trip transport from your Palermo hotel is included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$273.61
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