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  • 1 Catacombs of the Cappucini Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Cappuccini I - 90129 Palermo

    The catacombs are a macabre yet fascinating labyrinth where thousands of dessicated bodies of the city's inhabitants, dressed from head to toe with grimacing features and contorted postures, are exhibited. Hanging from the walls, they are protected b..

  • 2 Villa Bonanno Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Piazza di Vittoria I - 90134 Palermo

    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 ..

  • 3 San Francesco d'Assisi Interesting

    Religious buildings

    v. del Parlamento 32 I - 90133 Palermo

    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 I - 90133 Palermo

    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 Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Marina 61 I - 90133 Palermo

    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 Santa Maria alla Catena Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Marina I - 90134 Palermo

    Saint Mary of the Chain is attributed to Matteo Carnelivari and for centuries, it has guarded the chains ( catena) that lock the port. The interior is beautifully decorated in a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles.

  • 7 Teatro Massimo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Verdi I - 90138 Palermo

    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

    v.le Regina-Margherita 36 I - 90138 Palermo

    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 I - 90126 Palermo

    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

    v.le Dana I - 90146 Palermo

    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 La Zisa Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Guglielmo il Buono I - 90135 Palermo

    La Zisa is a palace of incomparable charm, although all that remains of it today is just a single building. It was built between 1166 and 1175 for William II. At this time, the sovereigns had true "pleasure palaces" built at the heart of im..

  • 12 La Cuba Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Calatafimi 100 I - 90100 Palermo

    La Cuba Sottana was built in 1180, commissioned by William II. Designed as a palace of eastern delights, it includes many elements of Arabic architecture.

  • 13 Osservatorio Astronomico

    Museums and art

    À l’étage supérieur de la tour Pisane I - 90134 Palermo

    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..

  • 14 Orleans Palace and Park

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    c.so Re I - 90134 Palermo

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

  • 15 Palazzo Sclafani

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzetta S. - Giovanni-Decollato I - 90134 Palermo

    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..

  • 16 Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore

    Religious buildings

    c.so Vittorio-Emanuele I - 90134 Palermo

    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..

  • 17 Palais Pretorio

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za Pretoria 1 I - 90133 Palermo

    The severe 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 inside it. The upper storey contai..

  • 18 San Giuseppe ai Teatini

    Religious buildings

    v. d'Alessi Giuseppe I - 90134 Palermo

    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 I - 90134 Palermo

    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.

  • 20 Church of the Gesù (Casa Professa)

    Religious buildings

    I - 90134 Palermo

    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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