Discover the magnificent art and culture of Sicily's fascinating capital
Price 10 €
duration 1.5 hours
Palermo is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, where decadence and splendour live side by side. Its contrasting architecture stands testament to the passage of diverse cultures: Carthaginians, the Greeks, Romans, Normans, French and Spanish - the city’s cultural sights incorporate everything from Moorish architecture to Norman cathedrals. Baroque art, Norman and Byzantine architecture, beautiful mosaics, and medieval buildings and monuments spread all over the historic center - an extraordinary artistic tapestry that is the result of centuries of invasions. Palermo is famous too for its historic outdoor street markets, encompassing the traditions of Sicilian people. Ballarò is the largest and oldest market in the city - it's loud, smelly, and busy - Palermo at it's characteristic best. Join expert guide Andrea on this unique virtual tour to discover the many fascinating faces of Sicily's unique capital - see you in Palermo!
Hi I’m Andrea! A native of Naples, I’ve lived in the Campania region of Italy all my life, and I have a deep love for its art, archeology, music, architecture, cuisine, natural beauty and - of course - its people. I have shared this world with many, many visitors over the years,showcasing the vast range of this wonderful place. When I was 14 years old I started working as an actor in theatres, and this plays a central role in how I communicate on my tours today - I always try to put something theatrical into everything I do :-)
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group!
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
5.0 (2 reviews)
Charismatic Introduction to the Cultural Complexities of Sicily and Italy
This is an endlessly fascinating virtual tour, gracefully and generously led by the irrepressible Andrea. The fascination, grace, and generosity are perfectly appropriate and necessary for beginning to understand Palermo, given its complex multicultural history, traditions, and contemporary diversity. Andrea’s passion for Palermo is evident throughout his well-organized, well-illustrated presentation; and his curiosity and open-mindedness stimulates ours. He is particularly gifted in exploring the creative collisions of cultures through centuries of art, architecture—and food. This is the kind of intimate and erudite virtual tour that simultaneously complicates and clarifies our understanding of what it means to be Sicilian, to be Italian, to be human. And Andrea’s charismatic and candid storytelling makes it seem essential to find our way to Sicily and Palermo—too open our eyes, minds, and hearts, and learn.
President, Italy Alla Carta LLC
Andrea did his usual great job of guiding us through history. My only comment to him after his presentation was that I would find it helpful to have some kind of a timeline chart to see with the photos, indicating the points in history when different conquerers entered Palermo and changed the course of history. But I would also apply this request to the other sites that Andrea narrates. Italy's culture is so rich today in the influences of earlier invasions and migrations. I wish I could retain just 1/2 of the information that Andrea gave us. He said he thought the chart was a good idea. 5 stars!!!