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Palermo City Add-On

Sicily's enigmatic capital
 
Sicily’s vibrant capital makes an ideal add-on to another Inntravel holiday in Sicily. You have a choice of well-located, characterful hotels from where you can delve into the city’s rich history and culture. We provide notes for a self-guided city walking tour.
Palermo City Add-On. 2 nights
Palermo City Add-On. 2 nights
 

Holiday information

 

Palermo

To understand what makes Sicily tick, you have only to look at its geographical location. The southern tip is only 100 miles from the coast of Africa, and so whoever ruled the island had dominance over all important trade routes through the Mediterranean. It has been subject to successive invading forces over the centuries, each civilisation leaving its mark, most notably in the architecture, in a gloriously eclectic style known as Sicilian-Arab or Sicilian-Norman.
It's no surprise, then, that the city of Palermo exhibits an extraordinary range of architectural styles due to this chequered history. For the last 250 years of the first millennium it was under Moorish rule, and the luxurious gardens which still cool the city today date from that time, as do many of the architectural features such as the mosaic inlay on churches and palaces. In 1072, the Normans conquered the island and built the huge Palazzo dei Normanni. The cathedral was founded at the end of the 12th century, although it contains many later touches. Much of Palermo was destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century, leaving the way clear for the flowering of embellished, ornate Baroque architecture you will see as you explore.
 
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Sightseeing

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  • Notes for a self-guided walking tour included
    Palermo is not usually regarded as a 'must-see' city. But we disagree. It is full of monuments reflecting the city's rich and diverse history, and is home to many cultural and natural attractions that can make for a wonderful experience to those willing to explore.

    There's no better place to start than Viale della Libertà Avenue near Piazza Croci, the Art Nouveau heart of the city, sometimes called Palermo's 'Champs-Elysées'. Full of shops, bars and restaurants, it's a great place to sip a coffee and watch the world go by. Don't miss the beautiful honey-coloured cathedral where Frederick II (Emperor Barbarossa's son) is buried; the Palazzo dei Normanni, with its mosaics in the Cappella Palatina and the old Royal Apartments; and the Zisa and Cuba, more ornate Arabic-Norman royal palaces.

    We provide notes for a self-guided walking tour to help you get the most out of your time in Palermo.
  • Favara Castle & Monreale
    Enjoy panoramic views over the city, countryside and the whole of Palermo's gulf from the obelisk dedicated to Italian national hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi, at the medieval Favara Castle on Gibilrossa Hill.

    If you have time, it's well worth heading to nearby Monreale (only 8km way by bus or taxi) to admire the shimmering golden mosaic interior of its cathedral, the most extensive Byzantine mosaic still existing in Italy.
 

Accommodation

We offer a choice of three hotels, all ideally located for exploring the city. Please state your preference when booking.

We provide suggestions for where to eat out in the documentation that we send you prior to your holiday.
 
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  • Hotel Principe di Villafranca, 2 nights: 01 March - 15 November 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 - 15 March £116 £60
    16 March - 30 June £170 £66
    1 July - 1 September £116 £60
    2 September - 3 November £170 £66
    4 - 13 November £116 £60

    Includes accommodation and meals as described. No travel is included as it is assumed that you are travelling via the city as part of your main Inntravel holiday.

    Getting between Palermo airport and the city (35km):
    •Bus: 55-minute journey every 40 minutes
    •Taxi: 45-minute journey
    More information on Palermo Airport >

    If you are flying via a different airport and would like us to arrange connecting travel, please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Principe di Villafranca
    Deluxe: 01 Mar - 17 Mar 2019 £14
    Deluxe: 18 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £18
    Deluxe: 01 Jul - 01 Sep 2019 £14
    Deluxe: 02 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £18
    Deluxe: 04 Nov - 15 Nov 2019 £14

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Principe di Villafranca (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Mar - 15 Mar 2019 £50 £77
    16 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £75 £105
    01 Jul - 01 Sep 2019 £50 £77
    02 Sep - 03 Nov 2019 £75 £105
    04 Nov - 13 Nov 2019 £50 £77
  • £ per person based on 2 sharing

    Palazzo Opera Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 - 15 March# £116 £60
    16 March - 30 June#~ £170 £66
    1 July - 1 September# £116 £60
    2 September - 3 November~ £170 £66
    4 - 15 November~ £116 £60

    # ADD £24pp/n (£24 in single room) Mon-Thu 1-17 Mar; 1 Jul-1 Sep & 4-15 Nov ~ ADD £10pp/n (£10 in single room) Mon-Thu 18 Mar-30 Jun & 2 Sep-3 Nov

    Hotel Tonic Add on 2 nights Single supplement
    1 - 28 March £80 £40
    29 March - 2 June £100 £60
    3 June - 1 September £92 £38
    2 September - 2 November £100 £60
    3 - 13 November £80 £40
What is included
  • 2 nights
  • 2 breakfasts
  • street plan
  • notes for a self-guided city walking tour
 
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