Palazzo dei Normanni is a magnificent palace in Palermo that has served as the seat of power for the Kings of Sicily. It is a unique example of Norman architecture, and it houses the Palatine Chapel, a stunning work of art that is considered one of the finest examples of Norman-Byzantine architecture in the world.
About this tour:
Avoid the waiting queues
- Visit the Palazzo dei Normanni, the most ancient royal Palace of Europe
- Admire the stunning Palatine Chapel inside the Palace
- Learn the significant history of the Palace with a private guide
- Spend 1 hour and half immersed into art masterpieces
- Enjoy the explanations of a local expert guide
This private 1.5-hour tour will take you on a journey through the history and architecture of the palace and chapel, with an expert guide to provide commentary on their cultural and historical significance.
The Palace and Its History
Our tour begins at the entrance of Palazzo dei Normanni, where your private guide will introduce you to the history of the palace. Originally built as a fortress in the 9th century, the palace was transformed into a royal residence by the Normans in the 11th century. The palace has undergone many transformations over the centuries, with each ruler leaving their mark on the building's architecture and decoration. Your guide will take you on a journey through the palace's impressive halls and rooms, pointing out the most significant features and providing commentary on their cultural and historical significance. We will admire the building's stunning Norman architecture, which includes intricate carvings, arches, and columns.
The Palatine Chapel
The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the Palatine Chapel, which is located within the palace. This stunning chapel is considered one of the finest examples of Norman-Byzantine architecture in the world, with its intricate mosaics and beautiful decoration. Your guide will take you on a journey through the chapel's history and design, pointing out the most significant features and providing commentary on their cultural and historical significance, including the famous mosaic of Christ Pantocrator, and providing insights into its history and cultural significance.You will have the opportunity to admire the chapel's beautiful mosaics, which depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, as well as the impressive Byzantine-style dome. The chapel was built in the 12th century, and it showcases a unique blend of Norman, Byzantine, and Islamic styles.
An unmissable tour in Palermo
This private tour of Palazzo dei Normanni and the Palatine Chapel is the perfect way to discover the history and architecture of this magnificent palace and its stunning chapel. With an expert guide to provide commentary on the cultural and historical significance of the buildings, you will gain a deeper appreciation for their unique features and design. Don't miss this opportunity to explore one of Palermo's most iconic landmarks and learn about its rich history and culture. Whether you're a history buff or simply interested in stunning architecture, this tour is sure to impress. So why wait? Book your private tour today and discover the beauty of Palermo's UNESCO-listed sites.
Please note: Palazzo dei Normani is a government venue. In case of official events or meetings the tour might be closed. On some days visit of the Royal Apartments might also be included.
This tour runs on rain or shine.
Meet our tour leader in Piazza del Parlamento, in Palermo, at the main entrance of Normanni Palace.
price per person
based on a group of 4