Where: Piazza all’Olivella
Palermo Free Walking Tour - The Top Attractions
This is ideal if you have just arrived in Palermo: even if you have an idea of what the main attractions are, you just don’t know where to start or where everything is; and if you have just come on a cruise ship, with only a few hours to visit the city, this Palermo Free Walking Tour in English is just what you need!
Our local guide (from now on, your local friend in Palermo) will meet you in piazza Olivella in the Champagneria area. You will walk to the Teatro Massimo, the largest opera theatre in Italy and the third largest in Europe, as well as the setting for the final scenes of a world-famous movie ….
You will walk along Via Maqueda towards Quattro Canti, the very heart of the city and the most photographed sight in Palermo: do you know why?
Then you’ll head towards Piazza Pretoria and its spectacular fountain. Baroque churches such as San Giuseppe dei Teatini and Santa Caterina d’Alessandria give some idea of what Palermo looked like in its time of greatest splendour.
Next, leap back in time to the Martorana and San Cataldo, icons of the city’s 900-year-old multicultural essence.
Our Free Walking Tour of Palermo continues along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Each item in the souvenir shops has a fascinating story to tell about the Sicilian culture.
The tour will end in grand style with the Cathedral and the Palazzo dei Normanni. By then, you will have enjoyed the city’s best sights and discovered the top things to do in Palermo.
Frequently Asked Questions
This tour includes the must-see places of Palermo that everyone wants to see when they visit Sicily
- Piazza Olivella
- Archeological Museum
- Church of Sant’Ignazio All’olivella
- Massimo Theater
- Via Maqueda
- Quattro Canti
- Church of the Martorana
- Church of San Cataldo
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele
- The Cathedral of Palermo
Depending on the day of the week and the availability of other monuments, the guide may choose to add stops to the walking tour in order to enrich it and make your experience even better like enter to one of the markets or visit any other sight.
Most of the monuments are visited from the outside unless the guide decides to enter because she or he considers it appropriate that day.
Once the tour is complete, you can decide which monument to visit inside based on the argument that you liked the most.
Is the tour accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Absolutely! Our tour is accessible to everyone. Just a heads up, the streets in Palermo can be a bit uneven, so if you have any concerns, we highly recommend bringing a companion along to assist you. We want to make sure that everyone can enjoy our tour to the fullest!
Where does the walking tour start?
The tour starts at the Main entrance of the Sant’Ignazio all’Olivella church
Where does the walking tour finish?
The walking tour ends near the cathedral
Is it necessary to book the tour?
Yes, it is necessary. This allows us to know the number of participants we have for the tour. If you show up spontaneously at the meeting point, you may or may not join the group, depending on the number of participants and if the tour was available that day. You can check the availability for our Free Walking Tour of the must-see monuments of Palermo here. Booking is fast and free.
What can I do after the tour?
Wondering what you can do after the tour? Well, we’ve got you covered! Our local guide will give you the inside scoop on the best things to do in Palermo and Sicily during your stay. From the tastiest places to eat and drink, to the hottest nightlife spots and local events – we’ve got all the best tips and tricks to make the most of your time in Palermo.
And if you’re still hungry for more, why not check out our alternative free walking tour of Palermo? This tour will take you on a journey through the city’s fascinating history, including the impact of Fascism, the Second World War, and the Mafia – all of which have left their mark on this magnificent city.
So come join us and let us show you the best of Palermo – both past and present!
What is a Free Walking Tour?
Unlike regular tours, the tours are ‘free’ because there is no set price for taking a tour, no prescribed fee to pay regardless of the tour experience itself. Instead, you are free to ‘tip’ your guide as you see fit after your tour.
Tipping your guide at the end of the tour means the power is yours. You decide what the tour was worth. The word “free” stands for no risk of being ‘ripped-off’, free to enjoy your vacations in Sicily and free to live Palermo’s beauty.
All in all the free tour concept is a win-win scenario for both the traveller and local guide. Making authentic local experiences accessible to everyone regardless of budget. Free walking tours are an exciting alternative way to discover cities and support passionate local guides and regional touristic initiatives.
Looking for a private tour?
Are you looking for more flexibility? Change the route, the schedule and an exclusive guide for your group. Contact us! we have a tailor-made tour for you!