Some free time in Palermo Port will give you the chance to visit one of the most beautiful Italian cities, rich in history and architectural influences that during the centuries have mixed up to give birth to unique works. Choose a private tour or group shore excursion and leave your cruise ship to fully enjoy your entire day in this unique city throughout the south of Italy.
Palermo means sea and sun, its chaotic Ballarò market and kind people, but it also means history. Its symbol, the Palermo Cathedral, is one of the most ancient in the whole world. In the catacombs of the city, the underground cemetery of the Cappuccini Monastery is hosted, and it is the home of more than 8000 mummified bodies.
There are so many attractions to see in Palermo, apart from the Cathedral, like the Martorana Church (also know as Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio) has kept its original Arab-Norman style, combining it with byzantine elements, and the Palace of the Normans (or Royal Palace) hosts the Palatine Chapel, decorated with byzantine mosaics, and finally the Fountain of Pretoria, with its water games and the white marble statues that decorate it, is a real Italian masterpiece, and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful palaces and churches of Palermo.
In a short time, from Palermo you can reach Monreale and its Cathedral in which it is possible to admire amazing golden mosaics, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco since 2015. The Monreale Cathedral is one of the best works of Norman architecture in all Sicily island.