THE MARKETS OF PALERMO
N.B. This itinerary is particularly recommended for all those who wish to capture the essence of colour, flavours, spices and the creative phantasmagoria of the vendors, their sounds, in a unique taste and popular liveliness type. Particularly recommended for those who want to immortalize their holiday with documentaries.
Day 1: Arrival at the port of Palermo or at the Punta Raisi airport. Transfer to the hotel with your own vehicle or with other carrier. Accommodation in the selected hotel. Visit of the Vucciria market: Discesa Maccheronai, Piazza Caracciolo, Source of the Garraffello, Via Argenteria. Free lunch. In the afternoon visit of the Capo district, Porta Carini, Concezione al Capo, liberty panel of the bakery Morello. I'm going back to the hotel. Free dinner. On request organized evening in disco, theatre, cabaret, etc. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Wake up at dawn and transfer to the large fish market, Cala di Palermo area, near the ancient Castello a mare where the fishmongers of the province with an incomprehensible bargaining buy lots of fish at auction. Time available. Free lunch. In the afternoon visit of Ballarò, an ancient market enlivened by a coming and going of people of all ages, with an explosive color stalls and lights. Visit of the Albergheria district (complex of S. Saverio), Porta S. Agata, Piazzetta del
Carmen. Free dinner. Overnight at Hotel
Arrival - accommodation in hotel or B&B, depending on the number and location, (it could also be between Alcamo and Terrasini) - visit of the winery wine roads (Alcamo or Sancipirrello - lunch (explained) at Villa Soresi base and venue of the activities. Information on the program of activities. Afternoon visit PALERMO or MONREALE - explained dinner at Villa Soresi, return to the hotel.
FOOD EXPERIENCE: purchase of raw materials at the Palermo market - visit the central area (coulders - professed house) or visit the pastry shop in Palermo or San Giuseppe Jato along the Jato valley where you will go to buy wine. Lunch made with the collaboration of customers Afternoon short cooking class and/or visit to the Bourbon Cellar of Partinico -and/or Palazzo Daumalle in Terrasini with coffee in square or other of your choice.
Selinunte or Segesta - visit to the local wheat mill - "organic" lunch on the farm with explanation of the products - visit salt museum in Trapani - Erice or visit Cantina Florio or Pellegrino in Marsala -- dinner in a farmhouse in Trapani.
Full day in Palermo - city tour and Bourbon itinerary (Chinese building with the characteristic dining room) - lunch with street food afternoon free shopping and food products, wines and more. Dinner in historic building (if out of budget, dinner in a restaurant with typical food. Award for culinary activity carried out, delivery attested.
BEYOND PALERMO AND THE CONCA D'ORO A LOOK AT THE PROVINCE
Itineraries of 1 or more days with various services on request, escorts and guides.
One day itinerary with features panoramic, scenic, cultural, food and wine, historical, political and social.
ALTOFONTE - PLAIN OF THE ALBANIANS - PORTELLA DELLA GINESTRA – LAKE OF PIANA DEGLI ALBANESI – S. CRISTINA GELA
In the morning departure for Altofonte. Continuation for Piana degli Albanesi. From the state road you can admire the spectacular panorama breathtaking on the "Conca d'oro". Arrival in Piana degli Albanesi where you can taste them the famous and gigantic cannoli together with many other desserts typical local. Particular and interesting are the local traditions about Christmas, Carnival and the Easter with finely embroidered typical costumes of Byzantine origin that can be admired in the church mother. Continuation to Portella della Ginestra that was theater of the tragic massacre of 1947. Free lunch. In the afternoon continuation to Lake Piana of the Albanians, created in the 1920s as a barrier of the Belice river and used for drinking and irrigation purposes and electric. Continuation to S. Cristina Gela, a small town agricultural of Albanian origin where you can buy excellent cheeses and local wine. Return to Palermo.
One day itinerary with features panoramic, scenic, cultural, food and wine.
MISILMERI – MARINEO – SCANZANO LAKE – FICUZZA – GODRANO – DIANA CEFALA
In the morning departure from Palermo to Misilmeri, center with notable cultural and artistic heritage dating back to the Norman Arab Roman period. It dates back the current Corso Vittorio Emanuele dates back to the Roman period and corso IV Aprile, once via Consolare, which connected Palermo to Agrigento. From the Arab period they can admire the ruins of the castle dating back to the time of Emir Jafar II. The fountain is located in the square gushing with fresh water and restored in 1879 by the sculptor Benedetto Civiletti. Among orange and lemon groves continue to Marineo, dominated by a high rocky outcrop called "Tooth of Polyphemus". Culturally advanced center twinned with a French citizen “Sigolene”. Yes recommends a visit to the mother church where you can admire the sculpture “La Pietà”, a polychrome group of fascinating beauty and drama (XV – XVI century). Famous is the "Demonstration", sacred popular representation dedicated to S. Ciro,
protector of the town, in which the citizenship as extras and actors. Continue to Lake Scanzano, source very important for the supply of waters of the province of Palermo. The stop in Ficuzza is mandatory for a visit to the Bourbon palace by the architect Marvuglia and for the lunch in restaurant. In the afternoon continuation to Godrano, where yes can admire the ethno-anthropological museum of "Godranopoli" wanted by professor Francesco Carbone, an art critic, who dedicated his whole life research and recovery of agro-pastoral culture. About 6 km from Godrano you will meet Cefalà Diana which owes its fame to the thermal baths of Arab origin and the 13th century castle. Return to Palermo.
Two-day itinerary with features panoramic, scenic, cultural, food and wine, historical, with overnight stay.
MONREALE – SAN GIUSEPPE JATO – SAN CIPIRRELLO – MONTE JATO – LAKE POMA – PARTINICO – GIARDINELLO – MONTELEPRE – GIULIANO CASTLE – CARINI – ISLAND OF FEMALE – HORSEBALL
Day 1: In the morning departure for Monreale. Visit of the Norman Cathedral and the Cloister Benedictine. Continuation to San Giuseppe Jato, agricultural center with extensive vineyards. Transfer to the farmhouse. Accommodation in reserved rooms. Lunch. In the afternoon excursion on Monte Jato to visit the archaeological excavations of the Archaic Greek period. Return to the farmhouse. Dinner and overnight.
2nd day: Breakfast and departure for the lake Poma and continuation to Partinico, important center with checkerboard grid famous for the production of wines and wine shops boasting of tradition business of the city. Continuation for Giardinello and Montelepre. Lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon continuation to Carini, visit of castle, linked to the legendary memory of Baroness of Carini. Continuation to Isola delle Females and stop at the small port of Sferracavallo, where a fish-based dinner will be consumed.
Two-day itinerary with features panoramic, scenic, cultural, food and wine, historical, with overnight stay.
BAGHERIA – SOLUNTO – CACCAMO – CEFALU - CASTELBUONO - GERACI SICULO – THE PETRALIE – POLIZZI GENEROSA
Day 1: In the morning departure for Bagheria. Visit of the city, famous for its Baroque villas and in particular way to Villa Palagonia known as “Dei Mostri” (collection Guttuso in Palazzo Cattolica). Continuation to Solunto, visit of the area archaeological site of Punic foundation and Roman structure. In the late morning we will reach Caccamo, for the visit of the ancient Baronial Castle. Lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon departure for Cefalù. Visit of Norman town, the cathedral, the Arab wash house, osterio magno and the Mandralisca museum (with the famous "Portrait of the Unknown" by Antonello da Messina). In the late afternoon departure for Castelbuono. Accommodation at a hotel. Dinner and overnight.
2nd day: Breakfast and departure for Geraci Sicilian. Visit of the medieval center and departure for the Petralie. The route of the two towns is an itinerary monumental between winding medieval streets, old portals, ancient churches and altarpieces (Zoppo di Gangi e Fra Umile of Petralia). Lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon stop in Polizzi Generosa and return to Palermo in the evening.
Two-day itinerary with panoramic, landscape, cultural, food and wine, historical, with full board.
MARINEO - CORLEONE - CAMPOFIORITO - BISACQUINO - PALAZZO ADRIANO - PRIZZI - FILAGA – LERCARA – MEZZOJUSO
Day 1: In the morning departure for Marineo, where you will admire the famous high spur that overlooks the town, called popularly "Polyphemus' tooth". In the historic centre, the mother church which dates back to the 16th century preserves the famous sculpture called "La Pietà", a polychrome group of fascinating beauty and drama (XV - XVI century), recently restored. Continuation to Corleone, linked to the echoes of ancient mafias that welcomes us with churches, stuccos and majolica. Later we will reach the charming town of Campofiorito, of Greek foundation. Stop for lunch in a farmhouse or restaurant. Accommodation in reserved rooms in hotels or farmhouses. The journey continues towards Bisacquino, founded in Sicily. The mother church and above all the sanctuary of the Madonna del Balzo, also tell us about a musical and vocal tradition that makes the popular choir one of the strengths of the business municipal. Continuation to Chiusa Sclafani, of Sican Greek foundation, in the historic center to see the castle medieval and ancient churches. The altars of St. Joseph and the sacred traditions linked to the Holy Child have a strong tradition. Return to the farmhouse. Dinner and overnight.
2nd day: Breakfast and departure for Palazzo Adriano. The coexistence of the Latin and Greek Albanian ethnic groups has as point of reference are the two cathedrals with their mighty bell towers facing each other in the open and multiform space of the large monumental square, immortalized in Tornatore's film "Nuovo cinema paradiso". Continuation of our itinerary towards Prizzi, a town of Greek origin with streets, palaces and churches leaning against the slopes of the old castle. Lunch in restaurant.. In the afternoon continuation to Lercara Friddi, located under the hill of Madore, the historic baroque center yes enriched with precious works by Zoppo di Gangi and in the nineteenth century with sculptures by Civiletti. Our Lady is very venerable of Constantinople. The day ends in the historic piazza di Mezzojuso, in front of the historic churches of S. Nicola e dell'Annunziata, one of the Greek rite and the other of the Latin rite. Important folk event of the carnival period the representation of the “Mastro di Campo”.
Three-day itinerary with panoramic features, scenic, cultural, food and wine, historical. From the Palermo coast road towards Termini Imerese / Cefalù up to the path of the mountains and the ancient communities madonite.
IMERESE TERMS – IMERA – CEFALU – GIBILMANNA - ISNELLO - CASTELBUONO - GERACI SICULO – GANCI – PETRALIA SOTTANA – CASTELLANA SICULA – POLIZZI GENEROSA – SCILLATO - COLLESANO - CALTAVUTURO
Day 1: In the morning departure for Termini Imerese. Suggested itinerary: the Cathedral (inside the Cross painted by Pietro Ruzzolone), the Belvedere and the church of Monte. Continuation to Imera, an ancient Greek colony founded by Zancle (Messina). Of note, the Doric temple of which remains the large basement and ruins with small archaic sanctuaries and the Antiquarium with interesting archaeological finds. Continuation to Cefalù. The visit to the Norman town includes: the cathedral, the cloister, the Arab washhouse, the tavern Magno and the small Mandralisca museum where a authentic masterpiece, the "Portrait of an Unknown" by Antonello Da Messina. From Cefalù, the itinerary goes up towards the woods of Gibilmanna, center of an ancient Marian cult. Inside the Sanctuary, the beautiful and venerated marble statue of the school of Antonello Gagini. Stop for lunch. In the afternoon continuation to Isnello, the center of ancient tradition that still shows an intact maze of routes cobbled streets and rudimentary paths. The two festivals are interesting gastronomic: “Della Frittedda” and “Delle Fave di S. Pietro”. The road now continues to Castelbuono. The two are interesting matrices, the old and the new, and the Castle of Ventimiglia where inside is the chapel of S. Anna with stuccos of Serpottian school. Dinner and evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel or farmhouse
Day 2: Breakfast and departure for Geraci Siculo, included in the club "The most beautiful villages in Italy". Visit of the centre medieval with the ruins of the Castle of Ventimiglia and the Church Mother where a dramatic and realistic crucifix is kept
carried in a suggestive procession on May 3rd. Continuation for Gangi, pearl of the Madonie, which belonged to the Ventimiglias and to the Graffeo and which rises on the glimpse of Monte Marone. Among the monuments: the castle, the Sgadari palace and the ancient church Madre where works by the “Zoppo di Gangi” are kept. Continuation to Petralie, Soprana and Sottana. From of particular interest is the folk tradition of the “Ballo della Cordella". Lunch in a restaurant or farmhouse. After lunch our itinerary leads us to the discovery of Castellana Sicula and Polizzi Generosa, In the historical centre, a precious triptych is kept inside the mother church Flemish and works by the Gaginis. Overnight at hotel or farmhouse. Dinner and evening at leisure. Day 3: On our last day at Polizzi Generosa, the our itinerary continues to Caltavuturo, which belonged to medieval age to the Ventimiglias. From there continue towards Scillato, known for the abundance of waters, whose origins date back to the 12th century. Stop for lunch in a farmhouse. After lunch the itinerary will end in Collesano, where inside the mother church are kept works by particular artistic interest. Return to Palermo.
Two-day itinerary with features panoramic, scenic, cultural, food and wine, historical.
CERDA – MONTEMAGGIORE BELSITO – ALIA – GURFA CAVES – LERCARA FRIDDI – ROCCAPALUMBA – VICARI MEZZOJUSO – DIANA MEADLET – BAUCINA
1st day: In the morning following the sea coast road SS113 after the straight stretch of Buonfornello yes will reach Cerda, linked to the memory of the historian Targa Florio (the oldest car competition of the world), and in the historical center of particular interest the ancient medieval and baroque churches. Following, Montemaggiore Belsito awaits us, ancient feud of Ventimiglia and Marquisate. Interesting the main square and mother church. The itinerary continues to Alia, of ancient foundation Arab, which preserves churches of ancient Byzantine layout and in the surrounding area the renowned Gurfa Caves, cave complex excavated on a sandstone cliff. Stop in Lercara Friddi, located under the hill of Mood. The baroque historic center is enriched by precious works by Zoppo di Gangi and in the nineteenth century of Civiletti's sculptures. Very venerable Our Lady of Constantinople. Stop for the night.
2nd day: Breakfast and departure for Roccapalumba, the city of stars, home to a important astronomical observatory. The historical centre which was important in the seventeenth century retains the suggestive fortress called "Il Castellaccio".
After the crossroads of Manganaro you will reach Vicari, under the ramparts of the castle, in a suggestive position strategic. In the historical centre, the mother church dedicated to San Giorgio with remarkable works of art, sculptures and paintings
from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The visit continues to Mezzojuso, in front of the historical ones churches of S. Nicola and Annunziata, one of the Greek rite and the other of the Latin rite. Important demonstration folklore of the carnival period the representation of the “Mastro di Campo”. Penultimate locality of our itinerary, Cefala Diana. It owes its fame to the thermal baths of Arab origin and to 13th century castle. From there along the state road towards Palermo, we will meet the center of Baucina, historic center of very ancient times tradition where worship is renewed in the mother church e the memory of Santa Fortunata.