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Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)
Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)

Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)

Piazza Guglielmo II, 1, Monreale, Palermo, Sicily, 90046

The Basics

Dominating the small town of Monreale, the Duomo, or Cathedral, clings to the slopes of Monte Caputo above the Golden Valley (Conca d’Oro), just 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of Palermo. Go inside to marvel at the exquisite Byzantine mosaics that cover 68,889 square feet (6,400 square meters) of the walls and ceiling, depicting religious scenes. The sumptuous art continues in the complex’s abbey cloister, lined with more than 200 intricately carved double columns adorned in colorful mosaics.

To save time at the entrance, book your admission ticket online in advance. Palermo sightseeing and street food tours often include an excursion to the Duomo, part of the UNESCO-listed group of nine Arab-Norman cathedrals in Palermo, Cefalù, and Monreale. Alternatively, visit from Taormina or Cefalù.

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Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
$243.88 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Must see sights in Sicilia.
Marco is very professional and excellent English. The tour was fanatics and allowed enough time in each location. Highly recommend this tour and Marco.
Michelle_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palermo

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Great Day!
Andrea_G, Jul 2022
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
Great driver, we got to see three villages and eat some amazing food! The villages were each different and beautiful. Get your good walking shoes as in each place you will explore n foot. The drives to each place were also full of incredible views.
star-5
It was fine. I would...
vera_a, Jun 2022
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
It was fine. I would prefer to here informative tour, not just driving around. I was thinking , that I would have a real guide not just a driver. Besides, was fine
star-5
Thanks Viator
Janine_C, Jun 2022
Palermo - Monreale - Cefalu' Tour
The trip was fantastic. Our original driver couldn’t do the tour so we were sent another driver with a tour guide (Richardo and Annalisa). They were fantastic making sure we could see everything we wanted to ensuring we were not too hot or stressed etc. We had a great day and we are grateful to them for making it happen.
star-5
Great
Philip_F, May 2022
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
Picked us up at hotel on time. Tour guide was excellent. I would highly recommend this company and the operators.
star-5
Palermo trip to Monreal and Cefalu
ChrisIp, Jun 2022
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
Marco was very capable and friendly driver. We toured Monreale and spent lots of time in Cefalu on the beach. It’s a wonderful part of Sicily. I highly recommend Marco.
star-5
Amazing, perfect, a dream. And a great host/driver, Michael!
Lisa_B, May 2022
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
This trip was life changing for me and my friend. We came to Sicily without a car and without having been to Sicily before. So we relied either on transport or these services. Thinking this could have been just a meh to-and-from, we signed up...but WOW. Our driver and host, Michael, was amazingly kind, generous, and thoughtful. He drove us to out sites, explained what we needed to know, gave us history, and even bought us a box of delicious snacks. He was funny, polite, and made sure our trip was magical. Such a nice guy, as was his colleague (who transported another van of people). Also, he spoke like 5 languages! Cefalu was simply incredible. We recommend dining on the sea, getting lost in the alleys, and getting to the church before 3 when it closes. Monreale was so special and worth the walk to the rooftop. The vista was spectacular. The day wasn't too long, and the drives are ALWAYS gorgeous along the coast or through plush greenery. A divine experience. I'm a seasoned traveler, so I am picky....but this was special. Thank you, Michael!
star-5
An amazing day in the Palermo area!
Vicki_M, Jun 2021
Full Day City Tour in Palermo , Monreale and Mondello, from Palermo
We loved learning the history of the area, seeing so many beautiful churches, and lunch in Mondello! A great day out!
star-5
Awesome day
Janice_N, May 2022
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
Marco was a great driver—friendly, informative, knowledgeable and fun. Each of our stops were amazing in different ways. Montreal is a must see for its beauty and opulence, Cefalu for the amazing beaches and fun vibe. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great Value. Great Tour
James_P, Apr 2022
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
Great value tour. This tour is just transportation to two different towns with free time at each. Having a driver get you around In Palermo is a must since they know how to navigate the narrow roads. There were a total of 6 persons on the tour and they used a nice van. The best advise of the day : the entry to the churches is free. They do have ticket stands; but this is only if you want access to the non-public areas (towers). The first stop was Monreale, where we had about 1.5 hours to visit the cathedral and stroll the town. Great long distance views back to Palermo. The 2nd stop was Cefalu where we had a bit over 2 hours. We were dropped off at the beach boardwalk and we walked thru the town. The Cefalu cathedral was quite a ways “uphill”, but worth the walk. We found a wine+tapas bar right along the water and enjoyed wine and cheese from a cave like nook in the old city wall. We did not feel rushed. Great tour.
star-5
Wonderful day away. Magnificent sights
Cheryl_B, May 2022
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
Marco was excellant driver and gave us wonderful info. They are not your guides so they don’t go with you but this allows you to see and view at your own pace. We got caught in a downpour and he was right there to help us out. Wonderful day away from big cities. Highly reccomend.
star-5
Wonderful trip
Stella_I, Oct 2021
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
We had a very good time with Marco. He is very knowledgable and entertaining guide. It was very nice lay back experience and we had more than enough time to explore old city centres in both cities. Thank you.
star-5
Great day out.
Kate, May 2022
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
We chose this trip to visit the three outlying towns from Palermo. The first Monreale was brilliantly situated for an amazing view of Palermo city from above. And only a short drive away. The cathedral is just beautiful. We had time for a quick look around and a coffee and croissant. Secondly we visited Castlebuono. A beautiful medieval town within castle walls. This is the furthest from Palermo about 90 mins. Although a short visit, it was enough to visit the castle and its beautiful chapel. Finally a visit to Cefalu with its expansive beach. We took time out for a delicious lunch. There are many restaurants to choose from including beach front or sea terrace. After a stroll around the narrow streets we were delivered safely back to our accommodation in Palermo. Dario our driver was very experienced and dealt with the narrow streets very well. A very enjoyable day.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Though the Duomo is a must for art and architecture buffs, you don’t have to be a culture aficionado to be impressed by its grandeur.

  • Modest clothing covering the shoulders and knees is required to enter the cathedral.

  • The cathedral and abbey are accessible to wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Though Monreale is just a short drive from Palermo, parking can be hard to find. Get there by bus, boarding at Palermo’s Piazza Indipendenza, or join a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

The Duomo is open every day. As Monreale is a popular day-trip destination, visit the Duomo in the early morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds.

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Highlights of the Duomo of Monreale

Many travelers go to the Duomo to see the vast 12th-century mosaics inside. Inspired by stories from the Old and New Testaments, the Byzantine masterpieces are made with millions of shimmering gold and vibrantly colored glass tiles. Look for the scenes depicting Noah’s ark, the banishment from the Garden of Eden, and Christ healing a person with leprosy.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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