Two routes - one ticket on a Palermo sightseeing bus!
Palermo is the chief town of Sicily, the name derived from the Greek 'Panormus' - meaning 'All Port'. With City Sightseeing Palermo, you will enjoy an exciting visit, starting from the terminal outside the Politeama Theatre, overlooking the square of the same name. We travel in front of the Massimo Theatre and continue towards Piazza Quattro Canti and the nearby Vucciria Market. The tour continues towards the botanical gardens, passing near Palazzo Steri. After a quick glance of the central station, you will find yourself in the vicinity of the Royal Palace, the Flea Market and the Cathedral before returning to the terminal along the ancient via Roma. The second route of Palermo City Sightseeing takes you to the beautiful villas of Palermo. Starting from the terminal outside the Politeama Theatre and past the gorgeous English Garden, the bus tour continues towards Villa Malfitano and wonderful Zisa Castle. The bus tour continues passing near the Mercato del Capo and the Massimo Theatre, towards the port and then returns to the terminal in Politeama Square.
Discover a city, steeped in history with City Sightseeing
Let City Sightseeing highlight all there is to see and do in Palermo as the bus tour introduces you to this beautiful city. Hop off at Cattedrale di Palermo, built in 1184 to replace the Muslim Mosque, and marvel at the beautiful exterior. The cathedral boasts an exquisite silver shrine and contains the Royal and Imperial tombs of the Patron Saint of Palermo, plus a collection of precious Royal treasures, holy vestments and Chalices. The Treasures and Tombs ticket also includes the fascinating Diocesan Museum across the road. At the time of completion, in 1897, The Teatro Massimo was the second largest theatre in Europe after the Paris Opera. Take a tour around the building or stay for the evening and see an opera, ballet or orchestral performance. The Teatro Politeama is of neoclassicism design and sits at the heart of the city, which is an ideal location for people-watching. The venue hosts a range of performances from the classical and romantic to the more contemporary.
Hop on and off at your leisure on a City Sigthseeing bus.
Hop off at Palazzo Steri, a fortified palace which is rich in both history and beauty. The building is a significant landmark which houses seven centuries of art and history of Sicily. Hop off and see the impressive Palazzo Reale which was constructed on the highest part of the city, above a Punic installation discovered in 1984. Castello della Zisa is one of the only remaining monuments to the decadence of Moorish Palermo. See the muqarnas vaults and admire the latticework windows, fountains and the wind chamber which protected the emir's family from the hot African wind. The villa’s name comes from the Arabic al aziz, meaning 'magnificent'. Today it houses a museum of Arabic crafts, the main features of which are some superbly crafted screens and a stunning twelfth-century bronze basin. Visit the beautiful Orto Botanico in the vicinity of Palermo University. These botanical gardens aid the scientific and education facility of the University. Stroll along the paths which weave through huge banyan trees, palms, plants and picturesque ponds; a leafy haven of tranquillity. Nature lovers will also appreciate the beautiful Giadino Inglese (English Garden), with its variety of plant life, greenhouses, fabulous fountains and sculptures which are scattered throughout the garden. Take the bus tour to Villa Malfitano, which is set in exquisite grounds where rare plants are cultivated. The manor house itself is home to collections of china, paintings, tapestries and furniture.