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Palermo Cathedral (Cattedrale di Palermo)
Palermo Cathedral (Cattedrale di Palermo)

Palermo Cathedral (Cattedrale di Palermo)

Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Palermo, 90040

The Basics

The Palermo Cathedral (also called Santa Maria Assunta or simply the Duomo) was begun in the late 12th century under Norman rule, and was expanded and renovated over the subsequent six centuries. Today, the imposing church is a striking mix of architectural elements, making it one of the most unique in Italy. The interior contains tombs of several members of the Sicilian royal family; the treasury’s collection of religious art, objects, and vestments; and the crypt with sarcophagi from the Roman era.

Because of its rich history and complex architecture, the Palermo Cathedral is best visited with a guide as part of a small-group or private tour. Most walking tours of the historic center of Palermo include a visit to the Cathedral along with other attractions like the Royal Palace and the Massimo Theater. Otherwise, you can join a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and explore the church and other sights independently.

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Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
$43.39 per adult
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Amazing experience!
Overall the tour was amazing and fun! Stefania gave us lots of interesting information about the city and was an excellent tour guide. We got to try some of the traditional street food which was delicious. Would definitely recommend doing it if you enjoy food and want to learn about the city 😊
Adam_W, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palermo

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Excellent way to spend the morning in Palermo
Arnon_K, Aug 2022
Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
The guide was fluent and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed the walk and (most of) the street food :) We also got good tips on other activites to try while in the city.
star-4
Good taste of Palermo
Amanda_B, Aug 2022
Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
We enjoyed visiting the outdoor market and the city centre. Our guide was friendly. This was a good introduction to Palermo.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Nona_P, Aug 2022
Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily
Linda was amazing Her knowledge and passion brought every story alive for us. Fantastic work you are all doing and will recommend this tour to my friends Thanks ! Nona
star-5
Fabulous trip
Katherine_C, Jul 2022
Bike tour of the historic center of Palermo with tasting
Our guide was perfect. So friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Fabio made the trip. We were not expert bike riders by any means and I had spoken in advance to your customer service to make sure that they were electric bikes. When we arrived, that was not the case. We decided to go ahead and we were so happy we did!
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Fun Bile tour of Palermo
LouiseC_R, Jul 2022
Bike tour of the historic center of Palermo with tasting
Fabio was great. The tour went to all the main sites and included a snack The bikes didn’t have baskets which would have been helpful
star-5
Fun and interesting tour
Majbritt_S, Jul 2022
Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily
We learned so much on this tour. Our guide Hermes was both fun and very passionated. I highly recommend
star-4
Excellent walk along Palermo’s main attractions plus one of the markets
Diane_A, Jun 2022
Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo
I especially liked the updates from Fabrizio I wish we had more breaks to get water etc It was very hot the week we did this tour
star-5
Stunning Palermo
Anonymous, Aug 2022
Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
Fabritzzio was amazing , very helpful and showed us everything, very knowledgeable with Palermo history
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.
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Street Food Tour
Tianna_R, Aug 2022
Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
Great experience! Delicious food while exploring the city. Fabrizio was a knowledgeable and fun guide. Recommended!
star-5
Best guide ever!!
YounChul_J, Apr 2022
Discover Palermo
Best guide ever!! She has deep knowledge in history. Very impressive lady with passion. We learned so much that day.
star-5
It was very informative...
Mirthe_D, Mar 2022
Markets and Monuments: Walking Tour in the Center of Palermo
It was very informative and we had a good time! Would recommend to a friend. Got great recommendations for the city as well.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Walking tours of Palermo largely take place outdoors, so wear sunscreen and a hat in summer.

  • You will be doing a fair amount of walking if you’re joining a tour of the historic center, so wear comfortable footwear.

  • The Palermo Cathedral requires modest attire that covers the knees and shoulders.

  • The main part of the church is accessible to wheelchair users; however, the crypt isn’t.

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How to Get There

The Palermo Cathedral is located in the city’s historic center within walking distance from the port and train station. You can reach Sicily from mainland Italy by ferry, train, or plane.

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When to Get There

Sicily can be uncomfortably hot in summer, so try to visit the island in spring or fall. The second week of July, the city holds its annual U Fistinu festival, featuring processions, fireworks, street food, and music.

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The Crown Jewels

The highlight the Palermo Cathedral is the 13th-century crown of Queen Constance of Aragon, crowned Queen of Sicily in 1209 and Holy Roman Empress in 1212. The crown was entombed with Constance’s body in 1222; in the 18th century, the tomb was opened and the crown was removed so it could be displayed in the treasury.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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