Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1), Palermo

Religion has always played an important role in the lives of the Italian people. Thus, it is little wonder that the great city of Palermo features a plethora of churches, cathedrals, and temples. Here is the first part of Palermo's religious buildings walking tour.
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Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1) Map

Guide Name: Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)
Guide Location: Italy » Palermo (See other walking tours in Palermo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: Lilly
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Chiesa Santa Caterina

1) Chiesa Santa Caterina

The church was erected by the Dominican sisters in the year of 1566. The building use to serve as a monastery in the 14th century. Its inner ornamentation dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The Chiesa Santa Caterina features a unique style of Baroque architecture, evident due to its combination of texture, sculptures, mixed marble, stucco, and frescoes.
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Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi

2) Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi (must see)

Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi is one of the few remaining buildings from the Renaissance era. The church has undergone several improvements over the centuries and was also severely damaged on multiple occasions. Despite the restoration, Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi still maintains its simple facade and beautiful Gothic portal.
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Chiesa San Domenico

3) Chiesa San Domenico (must see)

The Church of San Domenico is the second most important church in Palermo after the Cathedral. The church is located in a square of the same name in the old district of La Loggia. The church was built in 1458 and incorporates baroque style characteristics.
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Chiesa Sant'Ignazio al Olivella

4) Chiesa Sant'Ignazio al Olivella

Sant'Ignazio al Olivella is a beautiful church that was built in the late 16th century on the very same ground where, according to historical records, the Villa of San Rosalie once stood. The Church was designed by Venazio Mareglia. The facade of the monument is formed by two different towers.
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Oratory of the Rosary of Santa Cita

5) Oratory of the Rosary of Santa Cita (must see)

The Oratory of the Rosary of Santa Cita is a small chapel built in the 16th century. It is situated near another interesting sight - Church of Santa Cita, from which it takes its name. It was built in gratitude for Virgin of Rosary's intervention during the Battle of Lepanto. On the wall you can see scenes from this battle and also the New Testament, realistically portrayed.
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Chiesa di Sant Mamiliano

6) Chiesa di Sant Mamiliano

Chiesa di Sant Mamiliano is located at the Piazza del Pretorio. The church is housed in one of the oldest buildings around the city of Palermo. It is presumed that Chiesa di Sant Mamiliano was the first Christian church of the early bishopric era and was constructed on the ruins of a pagan temple.
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Chiesa Santi Pietro e Paolo

7) Chiesa Santi Pietro e Paolo

Santi Pietro e Paolo is a terrific Renaissance church designed by the skilled Italian architects - Giacomo Serpotta and Domenico Castelli. The architects also created the wonderful stuccoes on the inside.
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Chiesa Anglicana

8) Chiesa Anglicana

The Chiesa Anglicana was built in 1872, during the British Protectorate. The church was designed by Mr. William Barber, but all the expenses were covered by 2 wealthy families – the Inghams and the Whitakers. In 1875 the Chiesa was opened for worship. During the World War II, the Anglican Church was used by the U.S. Forces.

Walking Tours in Palermo, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palermo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
The Palaces of Palermo

The Palaces of Palermo

The palaces of Palermo were and still are a fine manifestation of the historical life of the Palermo region. Amazingly, some of these great palaces still stand while have struggled to retain their original form from centuries earlier. The story of each palace is a terrific visual behind Palermo's rich cultural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Palermo is one of the most famous and well visited cities in Italy. Located in the north of the Sicilian Isle and directly on the shore of the Mediterranean, the city is magnificently designed and constructed. Here you will find a plethora of architectural masterpieces such as old churches, governmental buildings, and various monuments. Follow this orientation walk to explore the best attractions of Palermo.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

The Museums and the Art Galleries of Palermo are brilliant venues that adequately conserve the rich and beautiful history of this fine city. Wander through the streets of Palermo, venture into these museums and art galleries, and discover the cultural heritage of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Palermo Daily Life

Palermo Daily Life

A daily walk around Palermo, especially on the first day visiting, will surely raise your excitement and eagerness to learn more about this fantastic wonderland. Rarely will one find a town with such a culture, history, and architecture as Palermo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Palermo is incredibly friendly to children and boasts a plethora of entertainment options for kids. So if you are looking for a fun day out in the sun with the family, check out the wide number of Palermo's entertainment options for the young ones.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Religion is central to the culture of Italy. Thus, the city of Palermo features a wide variety of religious institutions including churches, cathedrals, and temples. Journey down the part two of Palermo's religious buildings tour and enjoy the sights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Palermo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Palermo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Palermo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.