Palermo is the capital of the Sicilian Region. On the Western coast of the Island, it is a unique example of cultural melting pot: Phoenicians, Arabs, Normans, French and many others have left their heritage to the town, where you can find street names in Italian, Arab and Jewish. A place of inclusion, where people from the Mediterranean and beyond found their homes or, at least, their fortune.
This is a day dedicated to discover the stunning opulence of Palermo: walking the town with your guide, you learn about the sense of this place, which is still plunged into the past but also looking to the future. Palermo is a great picture of beauty and of flavors, a unique experience of colors, which really give the sense of the Mediterranean.
For this, a sail boat tour along the coast will enrich your excursion and invite to dive into the crystalline Sicilian waters, while enjoying some tasty snacks and appetizers with local wine. Enjoy the view of Palermo and Villa Igiea from the sea, The Florio Tuna-Fishery and Mount Pellegrino. You will stop in front of one of the most beautiful beaches in Souther Italy: Mondello from where you will also widen your horizon to the Gulf and the mountains.
We are proud to collaborate with a no-profit local association: ‘Lisca Bianca’ which takes care of your sailboat tour. ‘Lisca Bianca’ is committed to create work opportunities for young people in need or in social distress, as well as projects for children in educational poverty.
Here the program of the day:
8.45 AM – Meet your guide at the port;
9.00 AM – Your walking tour starts;
On the way from the port to the town center (1.5 miles), your guide will invite you to stop at local bars, for a coffee or for breakfast. Street food in Sicily is a true experience made of ‘arancine’ (fried rice balls), ‘panelle’ ‘cazzilli’, ‘granite’ (slushes) and fresh orange squash.
You will be surrounded by Norman and Baroque architecture, starting with Teatro Massimo,
The ’Quattro Canti’- the octagonal square, Piazza Pretoria (where the Fountain of Shame is), Bellini Square, with the Norman Church of the Martorana and San Cataldo, and their amazing Byzantine mosaics.
12.00PM – End of walking tour and break, before meeting your skipper for the sail boat tour
12.30PM - Meet your skipper and start your boat tour along the Palermo coast.
Enjoy a light lunch on board, sip some fresh local wine, dive into the green-and-blue waters and learn about the fishermen’s story of ‘Tonnara Florio’ (where tuna fish was captured) and the Art Deco Villa Florio, as well as the Arenella and Villa Bordonaro, all visible from the sea.
16.30 – You are back to the port to board your cruise.
Places You’ll See
The see of Sicily
Important: do not forget your sun screen and cream, cap, snorkeling equipment, towel and swimming suit. Also, comfortable shoes (sneakers or similar) are advisable.
Snorkeling equipment is available on board.
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