On the Trail of "The Leopard"

Private shore excursion to the places described by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in Palma di Montechiaro

Half day tour from Porto Empedocle port of call

Full day tour from Palermo or Catania ports of call

"The palace at Donnafugata is one and the same as the one at Santa Margherita, while for the town as a whole, the reference is to Palma Montechiaro" (Letter by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa to his friend Baron Enrico Merlo di Tagliavia)


Palma di Montechiaro was founded in the mid 17 century by two ancestors of Lampedusa: Carlo and Giulio (also known as the Saint Duke). This is the place where the family’s feudal title hails from and is emblematic even in its architecture and urban design of the Tomasi's uncompromising mysticism



The tour of Palma Montechiaro follows an itinerary that enables you to know the "holy" ancestors evoked by "The Leopard" and figures, circumstances and monuments described in the book. Without Palma di Montechiaro "The Leopard" would not have existed. Our first stop is the Duke's Palace built in the mid-17th century by Giulio Tomasi, the Duke of Palma, and then, from 1667, the first Prince of Lampedusa. The building has exquisite wooden roofs :“In the mid-17th century, one of the Salinas had withdrawn there into some kind of private monastery to do penance and chart his route to heaven" . Then we go to the Mother Church, the work of Jesuit Angelo Italia, with the "stubby columns of red marble". Few steps away is the Church and Convent of the Benedictine where is the tomb of the the venerable Isabella Tomasi di Lampedusa (Blessed Corbera in the Leopard). Unique opportunity to bite, like Don Fabrizio, on the famous macaroons made by the nuns. Finally we visit the Chiaramonte Castle in one of the most beautiful countrysides on the coast of Sicily.


Tour type: private shore trip from Porto Empedocle/ Palermo/ Catania ports of call.

Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.

Time duration: almost 4 hours from Poarto Empedocle, 7 hours from Palermo or Catania

Driving time: from Porto Empedocle  15 minutes, from Catania and Palermo over two hours 

Departure time: on demand

Meeting place for cruisers: Port of call pier: The guide/ driver will hold a sign with clients' name.

Tour cost: depends on the services requested (driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please ask for a quote