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  • 1 Palazzo dei Normanni Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za ndependenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    This palace is located on the highest point of the town. The Normans reused the place formerly occupied by a Carthaginian fortress and the Arabic Qsar (castle), abandoned after the departure of the Emir to the Kalsa. The site once again became a roya..

  • 2 La Kalsa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Porta dei Greci I - 90134 Palermo

    The district developed under the Arabic domination around the citadel of the emir. It has also retained its Arabic name "al haklisah", meaning "the chosen one, the pure one" and an atmosphere of eastern features, emphasised by Ara..

  • 3 Oratorio des Rosario di San Domenico Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za . - Domenico 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    You will have the impression that Giacomo Serpotta sculpted the oratory in the stucco. The walls are enlivened with the frolics of putti, the small cherubim filled with the spontaneous gaiety of children. The stucco frame the canvases painted partly ..

  • 4 Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. alverde 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    Santa Cita is the Tuscan distortion of Saint Zita. It is thus through the church of Saint Zita that you enter the oratory. The church in itself is remarkable for its chapel of the Rosary, to the right of the choir, where polychrome marquetries combin..

  • 5 Oratory of San Lorenzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    I - 90133 Palermo

    On the walls a number of putti and statues of the Virtues depict the lives of Saint Francis (on the right) and Saint Lawrence (on the left), whose martyrdom is illustrated on the opposite façade. The upper section of the walls features nudes lost in ..

  • 6 Cappella Palatina Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za ndependenza 1 I - 90134 Palermo

    The chapel was built between 1130 and 1140, by Roger II, with its apse facing the East in accordance with the Byzantine tradition. The interior is reached through the narthex to discover a rectangular chapel made up of a sanctuary, raised above five ..

  • 7 San Giovanni degli Eremiti Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via dei Benedettini 18 I - 90134 Palermo

    Even though it is no longer consecrated, the church is one of the most famous in Palermo.It was built in the 12C. by Roger II, on the site of a former mosque. It is a fine example of the Arabo-Norman style: in the shape of Latin crosses, the building..

  • 8 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    v. apireto I - 90134 Palermo

    The building is located on a site that has been sacred since the city was founded by the Phoenicians in the 7C. In 1072, when the city was conquered, the Normans immediately built a church mosque on the site of the mosque. In 1184, the building was t..

  • 9 Quattro Canti (Piazza Vigliena) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Vigliena I - 90134 Palermo

    This small square, filled with people, was built in 1608 in the Spanish Baroque style. The concave façades of the palaces surrounding it, decorated with Doric, Ionic and Corinthian structures, provided the setting for the fountains that each feature ..

  • 10 Piazza Pretoria Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Pretoria I - 90133 Palermo

    The central fountain is really spectacular. It is the work of the Florentine sculptor, Francesco Camilliani. Constructed in the 16C and originally intended for a Tuscan villa, the fountain is a very fine example from the Tuscan Renaissance. In a magn..

  • 11 Piazza Bellini Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Bellini I - 90133 Palermo

    This small square will be your point of departure for the visit to the churches of Santa Caterina, Martorana and San Cataldo, which gives it an oriental note with its rose coloured domes.

  • 12 San Cataldo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Bellini I - 90134 Palermo

    San Cataldo was founded in the 12C. The domes, the claustra of the façade and its crenellated upper decoration bear witness to the survival of motifs from Arab architecture after the Norman conquest. The interior is very sparsely decorated. It is div..

  • 13 Galleria Regionale di Sicilia Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via Alloro 4 I - 90133 Palermo

    The Abatellis palace, which houses the museum, was built during the late 15C by Mateo Carnelivari. The Gothico-Catalan architecture of the entire work is summarised in the vast, square door with radiating decorations, and in the trefoiled gemelled wi..

  • 14 International Puppet Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    via Butera - I - 90100 Palermo

    If you would like to discover an aspect of Sicilian tradition, don't miss this museum, which houses a fine collection of pupi, little traditional puppets representing Norman knights in armour. Also, you can explore the world through the puppets that ..

  • 15 Museo Archeologico Regionale Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Olivella 24 I - 90133 Palermo

    The archaeological museum was founded in the 17C by the Philippian fathers to house the results of the digs in the prestigious sites of ancient Sicily.Your visit begins with the little cloister decorated with a pretty fountain and ogival window surmo..

  • 16 Botanical Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Via Lincoln 2 I - 90123 Palermo

    The garden and buildings intended for studying and experimentation have not been altered since their creation in 1789 by the French architect, Dufourny. You will find specimens there of oriental and exotic plants, such as dendrocalamus giganteus, a k..

  • 17 Former Royal Apartments Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    I - 90134 Palermo

    The Hercules room dates from 1560 but was only given this name in the 19C owing to the great frescoes by Giuseppe Velasquez representing the hero's twelve feats. In fact, you will only see six of them, as the others are hidden behind the tribunes whe..

  • 18 La Martorana Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Bellini I - 90133 Palermo

    This little church takes its name from Eloisa Martorana, founder of the Benedictine convent in 1194, to which the church was conceded as a chapel. Its construction began in 1143, at the request of the admiral George of Antioch and its real name is in..

  • 19 Gallery of Modern Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Via Sant’Anna 21 I - 90139 Palermo

    Amongst the works exhibited in the gallery, you will notice the marble sculpture representing the little faune by Trentacoste. This museum will enable you to become familiar with 19C Sicilian art, which developed from the major themes such as history..

  • 20 Villa Malfitano Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Dante 167 I - 90141 Palermo

    The villa Malfitano was built in 1886 by Giuseppe Whitaker, nephew of the British businessman, Ingham, who created an immense industrial empire in Sicily owing to the Marsala trade and a large steam shipping company. Giuseppe was fascinated by ornith..

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