Join our 3 hour group tour to discover the artisan spirit of Palermo. With our designated tour to old craft workshops, passing through the city centre, exploring both the old and the new generations of Palermo’s craftsmen and craft techniques by capturing the essence of the artisans’ traditions.
In this specialized guided walking tour, you will be exposed to the traditional Palermo craft skills and talents.
Most definitely you will not be leaving without having learned a new skill or two.
Palermo is renowned for its various specialized artisans.
You will be guided through much artistically featured architecture, sandwiched in between the many contrastingcolourful craft shops lining the pavedtown centre streets of Palermo.
On this tour, we shall take the craft streets such as Via Maqueda (craftsmen producing braziers, pans or other utensils in copper, aluminium or bronze), Via dei Carrettieri (constructors and conductors of wagons) or Via Cinturinai (producers of leather goods) to cop a feel of the authenticity of the skilful masters of Palermo.
Our guided tour will take you through the old city of Palermo to uncover historical Grecian landmarks by the port, Moorish monuments and Arab-Norman style designed buildings with a mixture of Roman architectureand Byzantine mosaic influences, passing by the famous and beautiful Piazza Marina.
It is full of exciting discoveries of the numerous cultural influences dating from the ancient Phoenicians to the Romans, from the Normans to the Arabian rule that will both fascinate and intrigue your mind.
With rising modernisation, there is no greater fear within the locals than that this generation may lose the “pass down” the ancient wisdom and skills which they have received from their forefathers and these skills shall be forever buried and forgotten.
In our guided tour, we will visit the re-development projects of Kalsa, the neighbourhood of craftsmen fighting to preserve and maintain the importance of traditional craft knowledge and techniques, and propose an alternative model for a sustainable economy of the old town without jeopardizing Palermo’s artisan heritage.
I you want to see more of Sicily and of Palermo, take a look at our Tour of Palermo by Vespa or at our Street Food Walking Tour!
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothes.
In summer it is advisable to bring along a hat and a bottle of water.