Half Day Excursion: Cattedrale

4 Canti & Chiesa della Martorana

Half Day Excursion at Cattedrale, 4 Canti and Chiesa della Martorana  at 21/09/16 € 45.00

  • 09.00 a.m: Departure from NH Hotel by bus
  • 10.00 a.m: Arrival at Cattedrale (treasury, crypt, roofs and tombs)

Walking through the old town to visit 4 Canti, Piazza Pretoria and La chiesa della Martorana 01.30 p.m: Return to the hotel by bus


The Palermo Cathedral (officially called Santa Maria Assunta, and sometimes known simply as the Duomo) dates from the late 12th century, built on the site of a temple dating from Ancient Rome. As later conquerors took over from the original Norman builders, they imprinted their own styles on the still growing building. The exterior includes examples of Norman, Byzantine, Renaissance, and Baroque architectural elements, and they seem to be slapped on top of one another rather than incorporated as parts of a whole. In other words, the cathedral has a somewhat strange patchwork appearance that makes it look like the designers couldn’t make up their minds.

Piazza Pretoria

Palermo’s most famous piazza, the Piazza Pretoria, is just a few steps from the busy Quattro Canti - but a world away in terms of the kind of piazza experience it delivers.

The centerpiece of the Piazza Pretoria is the fountain,
known as the Fontana Pretoria. It’s huge, designed in the
1550s by a sculptor from Florence named Camilliani. The
fountain was originally commissioned for a private villa in Tuscany, but was gifted to the city of Palermo in 1574. City officials had razed several homes to make way for a grand fountain, meant to show off Palermo’s impressive city plumbing, but locals weren’t quite prepared for the fountain’s decorations when it was unveiled.

There are 16 figures on the Fontana Pretoria, all of which are entirely or partially nude, that circle the fountain. There is no side from which you can simply enjoy the water itself without seeing a nude statue - which many Palermitans in the late 16th century found scandalous.

  • Minimum participation for all events: 25 persons
  • The price includes: bus service, the assistance of a professional english speaking guide and entrance fees. Lunch is included ONLY in the Full Day Excursions