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Address: Piazza Guglielmo il Buono, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 091 652 0269
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Mon 09:00 - 13:30
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

This 12th-century palace features elaborate arches along the front façade...

This 12th-century palace features elaborate arches along the front façade and the “Fountain Room,” which is the castle’s main reception area that reaches two-stories in height.

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A huge lump of Castle squatting in the middle of Palermo. You get to visit two levels (missing the top two), but that's still 75 steps. It has a simple layout with displays of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
John F
Greater Perth, Australia
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Greater Perth, Australia
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347 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A huge lump of Castle squatting in the middle of Palermo. You get to visit two levels (missing the top two), but that's still 75 steps. It has a simple layout with displays of 'finds'? inside various rooms. All signage is only in Italian & there was no booklet.

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved being in the gardens in front of the palace. Both the garden and the palace were abandoned but they is being restored. The facade is impressive, with a room with water fountains and mosaics which is the most beautiful part of the palace. The rest of the palace is quite empty. There are some expositions and explanations about... More 

Thank David M
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Quiet boring. Although it could be more interesting due to its history and architectural style. The site is very poorly managed. Located outside both historical and new centre. The front fence type of thing is a public toilet for local thugs, I bet. Stinks from the distance. Also, keep in mind if you are an Asian tourist is not safe... More 

Thank Aaron N
Grantham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

If you`re into architecture, then there were a few interesting features (ornate Arab style mouldings similar to those in the Palatine Chapel) but otherwise, the inside had undergone extensive reconstruction (using bricks) and there was little else of interest........something to do for an hour if you`re really stuck!

Thank TheWuffler
Louth, Lincolnshire
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We were hoping for a hidden gem but sadly everything here is not maintained-ponds and fountains all left in a sad state. What a shame.

Thank ClareofTralee
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

An interesting place to visit possibly but you would never know as there is zero information. A lot of people pointing to the stairs up and down but no information on what the castle was once used for, what the remaining artefacts are or what period. A baffling waste of time.

Thank belladipapa
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 February 2017

While a bus ride out from the city centre (no. 124 from Piazza Politeama), it's very much worth a visit. The sophisticated pluming including the water supply to courtyard fountains was fascinating. Behind you can see the ancient aqueduct that brought fresh water from the mountains. The church next door (which was the former palace chapel) was well worth visiting... More 

Thank 525seano
Valencia, Spain
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

The price is 6€ wich is expensive considering that you can see just a room with a fountain. When we decided not to pay to go inside the castle, the 2 men that were like 2 managers there told us that we couldn't even take a picture from the aoutside and they were very rude.

Thank ErikaBarbieri
Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

The outside architecture of this monument is really nice and another good example of the style of the city. Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit it on the inside, so I cannot comment on that, but the castle is located on a not so pretty part of the town and, just to see if from the outside, I guess you... More 

Thank Rui P
Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

The real interest lies in the shape of the building. Inside there is only an interesting mosaic that can be seen from outside the building.

Thank Marco C

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