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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
$42.55 per adult
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Great tour!
Great tour. Excellent knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed every minute of the tour. Highly recommended..
Igor_D, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palermo

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Knowledgeable & Fun host
Tracy_F, May 2022
Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Palermo Private Tour
Karolina was a local who took pride in giving us the history & took us to see the beauty of Palermo! We tried street foods & treats . I wish she could be our personal guide for the rest of our Italy trip!!!
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Street food and so much more
Diane_Z, May 2022
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Fabrizio was the best! He took us around Palermo pointing out all the important and also less known landmarks, and giving us interesting facts and stories along the way. The Capo market is where we enjoyed tasting the many street foods of Palermo. ArancinA, panelle, patate croquette, pani ca meusa (don't knock it till you try it), cannoli and Sfincione. Go with an empty stomach. Fabrizio was very engaging and we completely enjoyed the time with him.
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Liam_S, May 2022
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Fabrizio was energetic, funny and charming. The stories and food he shared with us were excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
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Best guide ever!!
YounChul_J, Apr 2022
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Best guide ever!! She has deep knowledge in history. Very impressive lady with passion. We learned so much that day.
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Michael_B, Apr 2022
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A very enjoyable experience and the presentation skills were excellent. I would certainly recommend this to anyone on holiday in Palermo.
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Mirthe_D, Mar 2022
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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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Highly recommend
Phil_R, Apr 2022
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Very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guide. Perfectly put together food tour with tastings, lots to see and historic information
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Lewis_K, Mar 2022
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Tour guide was informed, passionate, and spoke excellent English. Group of 6 people a good size! Palace of Justice was powerful historical experience.
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Great Tour of Palermo
Matteo_B, Mar 2022
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Manuela was a great guide. We greatly appreciated her deep knowledge of the city, it’s landmarks and overall the history of Sicily. This allows us to get a broader understanding of the old town and its monuments. If you are looking for a first introduction to Palermo, or a pleasant cultural refresh, this is the perfect match. Greatly recommend!
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See Sicily and you will never leave
Randy_S, Aug 2021
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The driver Marco was most enjoyable and knowledgeable of our destinations. It was nice to have someone who enjoys engaging in conversation of a broad band of topics.
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Highlight of Palermo
Rebecca_E, Apr 2022
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Really enjoyable tour, Fabrizio was an engaging guide. The food tour was a great complement to our other tours and activities in Palermo and a highlight of the trip. Would definitely recommend.
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Vicki_M, Jun 2021
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We loved learning the history of the area, seeing so many beautiful churches, and lunch in Mondello! A great day out!

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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