Light & Darkness Tour of Sicily

Light & Darkness Tour of Sicily

Light & Darkness Tour of Sicily

The walking tour of the city starts from the port of Palermo, where the guide will welcome you to Sicily. Head to Monreale and visit its wonderful Cathedral, the ultimate synthesis of Arabic decorations and Norman architecture. Itís simple facade and bronze doors, with biblical scenes in relief made by Bonanno Pisano in 1185, donít prepare you for the magnificent sight you will behold once you step inside: you will be astounded by the golden mosaics which cover the walls almost entirely.

Considered the largest and most outstanding in Italy and second largest in the world after St. Sophia in Istanbul, your eyes will be naturally drawn to the apse with the image of Christ Pantocratore. Then the guided visit will continue with the Cloister of Monreale, characterized by 228 columns decorated with mosaics and carving.

Later, return to Palermo and for the guided tour of the Capuchin Catacombs, burial catacombs which are a tourist attraction as well as an extraordinary historical record. This monastery is famous for the presence of a cemetery in the basement that attracts the curiosity of many tourists now and since the last century: as a matter of fact, it was an obligatory stop of the Grand Tour (it was visited also by Guy de Maupassant). The catacombs contain about 8000 mummies that line the walls. The halls are divided into categories: Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professionals. Some bodies are better preserved than others. Some are set in poses; for example, two children are sitting together in a rocking chair.

A taxi will bring you at the Seaport at the end of your tour.

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9:00 AM (Hours: 4)

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Hours: 4

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Don't forget your camera. Please note a portion of this tour is walking.

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The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.

Redemption and Voucher Details

  1. After you complete your booking, your credit card will be charged and our expert Shore Excursion Concierge agents will 'hand'-review your shore excursion selections against your cruise itinerary to confirm compatibility. Your credit card statement will list the merchant for the charges as Port Promo Cruise Tours.
  2. You will receive an email within 72 hours of booking from which confirms your booking and contains the vouchers required for your shore excursions. Please print these vouchers and bring them with you on your cruise. You will be required to turn the voucher(s) in to the corresponding shore excursion supplier(s). The vouchers feature information regarding how to meet up with the tour leader upon arrival to a port and other important details.
  3. Your tour is completely refundable if your ship is unable to get into port or due to weather cancellations. See our terms and conditions for complete details.
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