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Arabic Norman* Overwiew

Arabic Norman* Overwiew

AGT under the patronage of the city of Palermo
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Agt under the patronage of Palermo Municipality has the pleasure to accompany you to discover some of the monuments declared Unesco World Heritage . We will visit the churches of Saint Mary of the Admiral , San Cataldo and the Cathedral , to let you know the characteristics of the Arabic Norman style . The walk through Piazza Bellini , Piazza Pretoria , the Four Corners and Via Vittorio Emanuele , the oldest street in Palermo, will finish at the Cathedral. On the fixed days, the tour is guaranteed with an Italian and English speaking guide for groups of minimum 4 persons. 

Meeting point:
Piazza Bellini , by the entrance of the Tourists info point

3 hours

End of itinerary:

Mean of transportation:
Walking tour, on foot


Price for guided service:
€ 25,00 per person (discount over 6 paying people)

Children under 12 years of age

Inside visits and extra costs for entrance fees:
Saint Mary of the Admiral: € 1.00 – just for visitors accompanied by tour guides ; free for children under 14 years of age
San Cataldo Church: entrance fee €1,50 – just for visitors who already visited Saint Mary of The Admiral church
Palermo Cathedral: free
Chapel and Royal tombs: inside the Cathedral optional entrance fee € 1.50; under 18 € 1.00.

Radio guides rental: € 1.50 per person for groups formed by more than 20 people.

Departure time:
Mon: 10.30 a.m.
Fri: 10.30 a.m.
Sat: 3.15 p.m.

Minimun number of participants:
4 paying persons

The guide will speak Italian And/or English according to the language spoken by participants. Other languages on request

Possible limitation to inside visits due to religious ceremonies or extraordinary events will be communicated directly by the guide.

With this offer, AGT only guarantees that the tourist guides that provide the service are qualified and qualified guides, regularly registered in the list of tourist guides of the Sicilian Region and declines any responsibility for services that do not comply with current legal requirements. The tour guide who carries out the tour is personally and directly responsible for the correct execution of the service as well as for the compliance with the regulations in force for the provision of the service also in terms of tax and insurance.


“ All the buildings part of the ‘Arabic Norman site in Palermo and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale’ represent a material example of coexistence , interaction and exchange among cultures of historical and geographical heterogenous origin .
This syncretism generated an architectural and artistic original style, considered of an exceptional universal value , a style that sees Byzantine , Islamic and Latin elements admirably fused and able each time to create rare combinations of an outstanding artistic value and example of full integration.
The Arabic-Norman syncretism had a great impact in the middle ages , and it significantly contributed to the creation of a Mediterranean koinè , that was the fundamental condition that brought to the development of the modern Mediterranean-European civilization”.
(Candidacy dossier for the application to the World Heritage List of the serial site Arabic–Norman Palermo and the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale, December 2014)

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