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  • 1 Villa Bonanno Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Piazza di Vittoria

    The magnificent mosaics of the Seasons and of Orpheus, preserved in the regional Archaeological museum, were found in this beautiful garden during the digs that uncovered the remains of wealth Roman homes. The park also contains a monument dedicated ..

  • 2 Church of Santissimo Salvatore of Palermo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Corso Vittorio-Emanuele

    The current building, with its oval structure, was built on the site of a former Norman church, at the end of the 17C. Its interior decoration in polychromed stucco and marble is a magnificent baroque creation, attributed to the architect, Paolo Amat..

  • 3 San Francesco d'Assisi Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via del Parlamento 32

    The 13C construction has almost entirely been destroyed. The building that you can now see is the result of the last restoration work that attempted to recreate its original appearance. The façade is extremely simple and is decorated with a rose wind..

  • 4 Palazzo Mirto Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Merlo 2

    The palace was built in the 18C for the Lanza Filangeri princes. The decor and furniture in the various rooms enable you to enjoy the luxury of court life in 18C Palermo. Inveterate smokers will find just what they need: repoussé leather to line thei..

  • 5 Palazzo Chiaramonte-Steri Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Marina 61

    The palace was originally called Lo Steri which came from Hosterium, a fortified dwelling. Furthermore, you will see that it has adopted a clean, square shape. It was built in 1307 for one of the most powerful families in Sicily, the Chiaramonte, who..

  • 6 Church of Saint Mary of the Chain of Palermo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Marina

    The church of Saint Mary of the Chain is attributed to Matteo Carnelivari and for centuries, it has guarded the chains ( catena) that lock the port, the symbols of which are visible on the altar of one of the chapels. The interior is beautifully deco..

  • 7 Teatro Massimo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Verdi

    The statue of Giuseppe Verdi watches over one of the greatest temples dedicated to lyric music. It was built by Giovanni Batista Basile and his son in around 1875. Its imposing triangular frontispiece supported by six columns reuses the motif of anci..

  • 8 Villino Florio Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Viale Regina-Margherita 36

    The residence was originally surrounded by a great park. It was the property of the Florios, one of the wealthiest families in Palermo in the 19C. It has managed to retain all the charm of Art nouveau in Palermo.

  • 9 San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Via Cappello 38

    The typical little rose-coloured cupola that crowns the bell tower entrance could make it possible to date this church to 1070. It is said by others that it was built a century later. It's up to you what you decide!

  • 10 Parco della Favorita Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Viale Dana

    This immense park was originally a game reserve for Ferdinand III of Bourbon, who was expelled from Naples by Napoleon's troops. The King had a strange little Chinese palace built there in 1799, the palazzina cinese, with curious architecture and exo..

  • 11 Zisa - Museum of Islamic Art Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Guglielmo-il-Buono

    The Zisa is a palace of incomparable charm, although none of its former decoration remains. It was built between 1166 and 1175 for William II, at a time when sovereigns had genuine "pleasure palaces" built in the heart of immense parks. The..

  • 12 La Cuba Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Calatafimi 100

    La Cuba Sottana was built in 1180, commissioned by William II, as a pleasure palace where the court gathered for celebrations and to enjoy a more refreshing climate. Designed along the lines of an Eastern pleasure palace, it is rich in Arab architect..

  • 13 Porta Nuova

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Vittorio-Emanuele

    Constructed in the late 16C to commemorate the triumphal entrance of Charles the Fifth, the gate marks the boundary of the historic district. This gate owes its charm to its beautiful Renaissance loggia topped with a sloping roof that is surmounted b..

  • 14 Astronomical observatory of Palermo

    Museums and art

    Piazza del Parlamento 1

    The observatory is on the upper storey of the Pisan tower. It will soon house a museum of old astronomical, meteorological, seismological and topographical instruments. The observatory is dedicated to Father Piazzi, who on 1 January 1801 discovered t..

  • 15 Orleans Palace and Park

    Nature and gardens

    Corso Re

    From 1810 to 1814, this palace was the residence of Louis Philippe of Orleans, future King of France. It today houses the Sicilian regional parliament. In the gardens, you can see some magnificent specimens of Ficus magnolioides with their striking a..

  • 16 Palazzo Sclàfani

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzetta S. - Giovanni-Decollato

    The palace dates back to 1330 and is striking for its beautiful Arab-Norman façade. Its ogival twin windows are surmounted by a tracery of arches and the royal eagle tops its elongated pointed portal. The famous fresco, The Triumph of Death, which is..

  • 17 Palais Pretorio

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Pretoria 1

    The austere 19C façade conceals several buildings of different styles. The oldest dates back to the 14C, to the time when the local senate sat in this palace. You will discover all the exuberance of Sicilian Baroque within. The upper storey contains ..

  • 18 San Giuseppe ai Teatini

    Religious buildings

    Via d'Alessi Giuseppe

    You will first see this imposing building in profile. It is accompanied by a surprising bell tower with eight sections, decorated with twisted columns and flame-shaped vases. The interior is organised in a Latin cross layout, which is collapsing unde..

  • 19 Palazzo Comitini

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Maqueda 100

    The Palazzo Comitini was built in the 18C for the prince of Gravina. Somewhat marred by the addition, in 1931, of an extra floor, this palace (born from the uniting of two previous palaces) today offers a home to the provincial council.

  • The church was built in the 16C for the Jesuits who had recently arrived in Sicily. Its austere façade strongly contrasts with the Baroque exuberance of the interior, in which two beautiful paintings by Pietro Novelli are exhibited. Next door, Casa P..

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