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Street Food Tour in Palermo

€49
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2 hr. 30 min. - 3 hr.
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  • Take to the lively streets of Palermo for an exciting guided excursion with an itinerary loaded with local food samples.
  • Learn about Palermo cuisine's history and recipes as you hop from one place to the next, and try different types of samples.
  • Your day tour samples include arancina, sfincione, cazzilli fritters, pani ca’ meusa, broscia col gelato, and more.
  • Your night tour samples include rascatura croquettes, bruschettas, barbequed meats, panelle chickpea fritters, potato croquettes, and more.
  • Experience Palermitan hospitality firsthand as you visit a local inn and sample some additional snacks, paired with beer and wine.

Inclusions

  • 2.5 to 3-hour walking tour in Palermo
  • Licensed & authorized guide
  • Street food tasting: cannolo, panelle, crocchè, arancini, sfincione, caponata & soft drink
  • Seasonal dessert
  • Beer/wine (optional)
  • Food passport
  • Visit to Mercato del Capo

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Additional costs
  • Tip: Be sure to spot historical landmarks like Opera dei Pupi, traditional puppet theater, Piazza Beati Paoli, the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti, and the Pretoria fountain en route.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • Kindly communicate any allergies or intolerances when booking.
  • This tour is not suitable for guests who are vegan or allergic to dairy products and celiac.
  • Alternative samples are only provided to vegetarians/pescatarians and guests allergic to certain products.
  • We strongly recommend travelers wear comfy covered walking shoes, a sunhat and check the forecasts the day before.
  • Street foods are snacks, not gourmet cuisine.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Palermo Market Tour and Cooking Class

€119
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  • Learn to prepare a traditional Sicilian meal with the help of a professional chef right from buying the produce to cooking the delicious meal.
  • Dive into the hustle and bustle of a traditional Sicilian farmer's market and experience the satisfaction of picking your own produce.
  • Learn how to cook a perfect Sicilian three-course meal with an appetizer, main, and dessert from a local chef.
  • Savor the fruits of your hard work and sit down to share your hand-cooked meal with your group along with a glass of Marsala wine.
  • Collect a digital recipe booklet with all the chef’s favorite recipes and tips and tricks.

Inclusions

  • Visiting the food market
  • Cooking lesson with a local chef
  • Use of apron and cooking utensils
  • All ingredients for your 3-course lunch
  • Wine and Marsala wine or soft drinks for children
  • Graduation certificate
  • A digital booklet with all the recipes

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Audio guide
  • Hotel transfers
  • Tip: The Mercato del Capo has a few other submarkets, such as the Ballarò, La Vucciria, Lattarini, and the Flea Market, all of which are open to the public.
  • Note that on Mondays and specially-instructed days, fish markets may remain closed, and extra tastings will be held at the cooking school instead.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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All-Inclusive Tour of Erice & Marsala: Wine, Olive Oil & Salt Route

€169
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  • Escape from the Palermo crowds to the hilltop town of Erice and Marsala, seated in a comfortable minivan with an expert driver/tour leader.
  • Appreciate the old-time beauty of Erice as you look out over the Egadi Islands and the city of Trapani.
  • Stroll through the narrow alleys and quaint courtyards of Erice and taste a local Sicilian granita.
  • Sample the best local wines and olive oils that Marsala is known for, in addition to a delicious Sicilian lunch.
  • Smell the salt in the air as you admire the characteristic windmills and basins along Marsala’s panoramic salt route.

Inclusions

  • English-speaking driver/tour leader
  • Return transfers from Palermo
  • Transportation in a luxury Mercedes minivan/minibus
  • Visiting Erice with granita tasting
  • Visiting Marsala saline (exterior)
  • Typical Sicilian lunch in a winery or farm
  • Water bottle

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers

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  • Tip: May to November are the best months to visit Erice and Marsala, owing to good weather.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Top 5 Reasons to Go on A Palermo Food Tour

  • Discover the city's culinary traditions
  • Meet local food vendors and chefs
  • Get to see the hidden gems of Palermo
  • Get insider tips and recommendations
  • Discover Palermo's culture and culinary history

Food Culture in Palermo

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Regional Wines Of Palermo

Once considered a bit of an underdog on the international wine scene, Palermo has surged to the fore in recent years with its delectable regional selection and impressive offerings.

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Street Food In Palermo

Street food in Palermo is renowned throughout Italy. Aracini has been described as a “pearl” of Sicily, the word in plural can be translated to “rice balls”. Another popular dish is Stigghiola, a Palermo favorite made with lamb, goat, or chicken intestines skewered around onions or leeks and grilled.

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Deep-Fried Desserts Of Palermo

Iris is a traditional Sicilian deep-fried dessert that has been enjoyed in the city of Palermo for centuries. Sfinci, cannolo siciliano are some of the other iconic deep-fried desserts of Palermo

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Citrus Foods

Citrus fruits are a popular ingredient in Sicilian cuisine. Many were first introduced by the Arabs from the 9th to 11th centuries, but some, such as the Washington navel from Brazil, have been brought to the island more recently.

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Palermo Sea-Food

Sicily, nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, is a haven for seafood enthusiasts, offering a delectable array of fresh and flavorful marine delights. From the local sea bass, swordfish, and tuna to the delicate gold bream, clams, and scabbard fish, Sicily's coastal waters teem with a vibrant variety of seafood.

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Meats Of Italy

From veal to pig, lamb to beef, and even horse and rabbit, Sicily's culinary landscape provides a diverse range of flavors and textures for meat lovers to savor.

Know Before Going On a Food Tour In Palermo

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A food tour is usually scheduled around meal-time, mostly lunch, and would take anywhere between 2-6 hours of your day. Check your ticket to know the exact timing of your food tour.

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  • Transfers
  • A food menu

The exclusions might vary depending on the tickets you choose. Make sure to read the ticket and check the inclusions and exclusions before you go ahead with the booking.

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Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, is known for its vibrant food scene that is deeply influenced by its rich history and cultural diversity. The best weather to go on a Palermo food tour would be during the spring and early autumn months, between April and June or September and October.

During these months, the temperatures are comfortable and mild, ranging from 15°C to 25°C, which is perfect for walking around the city and trying out different food specialties. In addition, there are fewer crowds during these seasons, allowing you to enjoy your food tour at a leisurely pace without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

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Casual and Comfortable Clothing: Opt for lightweight and breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton or linen. Palermo can get quite warm, especially during the summer months, so choose loose-fitting clothes that allow for airflow and keep you cool as you explore the city.

Walking Shoes: Comfortable and sturdy footwear is a must as food tours often involve walking and exploring different areas of the city. Choose closed-toe shoes with good arch support to ensure that you can navigate the cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces comfortably.

Sun Protection: Don't forget to protect yourself from the sun. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or a cap to shield your face from direct sunlight. Apply sunscreen to exposed skin, including your face, neck, and arms. Consider bringing sunglasses to protect your eyes as well.

Small Bag or Backpack: A small bag or backpack is handy for carrying essentials like a water bottle, camera, hand sanitizer, and any personal items you may need during the tour. Just ensure that it's comfortable to carry and doesn't hinder your mobility.

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Torta Setteveli: It consists of dark chocolate, hazelnut layers, and a crispy layer merging them together.

Cannolo: The Cannolo of Sicily is an internationally renowned pastry that has been delighting taste buds since the early 16th century.

Cassata: The Cassata Siciliana is an exquisite Italian dessert that comes from the island of Sicily.  

Panelle: Panelle is a traditional Sicilian street food that has become popular around the world.

Crocchè: These flavorful round goodies are mainly made from mashed potatoes and flavored with olive oil, salt, chopped parsley, and pepper.

Palermo Food Tours Tips & Hacks

Explore the panelle variations: Pane e panelle is a popular street food snack in Palermo, consisting of chickpea fritters served in a bun. Look for variations of pane e panelle, such as pane con la milza (spleen sandwich) or pane ca' medusa (veal spleen sandwich).

Seek out sorbetto: While gelato is popular in Italy, Palermo has its own version called "sorbetto." Unlike gelato, sorbet is made without milk or cream, resulting in a lighter, fruitier frozen treat.

Discover the quattrociocchi: The quattrociocchi is Palermo's historic family-run street food carts that serve "matanza" sandwiches. Mattanza is a unique preparation of tuna or swordfish, typically marinated and grilled.

Bring cash: Some small food vendors and markets may not accept credit cards, so bring cash with you to avoid any issues.

Be mindful of food allergies or dietary restrictions: If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, make sure to inform your tour guide before the tour starts, so they can make the necessary adjustments.

Frequently Asked Questions About Food Tours In Palermo

Will the food tours in Palermo include any beverages such as wine, beer, or cocktails?

Yes, many food tours in Palermo include wine, beer, or cocktails. Some tours are specifically focused on wine tasting or mixology.

Are we supposed to walk on food tours or will transportation be provided?

Most food tours in Palermo are walking tours. However, some tours may provide transportation between different food stops.

What are the best food tours in Palermo?

Some of the best tours in Palermo that you must not miss are the Palermo street food tour and Palermo Market tour and the cooking class

Is there an opportunity to meet with local chefs or food artisans during food tours in Palermo?

Some food tours in Palermo may include a visit to a local kitchen or cooking demonstration where you can meet with chefs or food artisans.

Are Palermo food tours recommended for folks of all ages?

Food tours in Palermo are generally recommended for people of all ages. However, some tours may not be suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions or mobility issues.

Are Palermo food tours safe?

Palermo food tours are generally safe. However, as with any travel experience, it's important to exercise common sense and take precautions to ensure your safety.

What should I look out for on a Palermo food tour?

You should look out for any potential food allergies or sensitivities when choosing a food tour. You should also be aware of your surroundings and avoid any areas that may be unsafe.

What are the advantages of going on a Palermo food tour?

The advantages of going on a Palermo food tour include the opportunity to taste authentic local cuisine, learn about the city's history and culture, and meet new people.

When do Palermo food tours usually start?

Palermo food tours usually start in the morning or early afternoon, depending on the tour.

Can I take my kid on food tours in Palermo?

Yes, some food tours in Palermo are family-friendly and suitable for children. However, it's important to check with the tour provider to ensure that the tour is appropriate for your child's age and dietary needs.

What should I wear on a Palermo food tour?

Palermo can get quite hot in the summer, so it's best to wear light and comfortable clothing, such as shorts and t-shirts. Comfortable walking shoes are also recommended. In the cooler months, you may want to bring a light jacket or sweater.

Do I need to bring cash on a Palermo food tour?

It's always a good idea to bring some cash on a food tour in case any of the food stops do not accept credit cards. You may also want to bring some extra cash to tip your guide.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Many Palermo food tours can accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies if you inform them in advance. Be sure to check with the tour provider before booking to ensure that they can accommodate your needs.

How long do Palermo food tours usually last?

Palermo food tours can vary in length, but they typically last between 3-4 hours.