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  • Helen B
    East Horsley, UK43 contributions
    We were shown around this beautifully restored palazzo by la Contessa Federico herself. She gave a lot of her time and was very open about what it was like to live her life. Fascinating.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • VinnyP1
    London, UK428 contributions
    This does not always feature on top lists for Palermo which makes no sense. There is so much to see here in what is also a working government building.
    In a city with many churches the Palantine Chapel is still a stand out. Next up are the Royal apartments which are interesting and beautiful.
    The garden is a welcome change of pace but I would give the cafe a miss.
    Then there are the art galleries. When we visited this includes Steve McCurry "Freedom" which is very powerful, there will be something for everyone though.
    Tips:
    Not everything is always open so make sure in advance. We went on a Friday when everything was open but I don't know if that is always the case. On Thursday hardly anything was.
    It gets very busy with many groups including schools so definitely try to get there for opening time.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • VinnyP1
    London, UK428 contributions
    It's a fantastic cathedral from the outside, it has a great view from the roof and it is beautiful on the inside.
    We visited in May 2022 on a weekday and there are restoration works going on inside and some scaffolding outside but no sign of any work being done on the 4 days we were there.
    It is set in a small square which like the church is open at 7.30am. The roof etc don't open until 10. This makes little sense as the early morning would be a much better time to see it.
    We got there just before 10 and there were plenty of people there and it is busy all day. I would recommend getting that first slot as it just gets busier after that.
    Well worth it, I can't see why they don't do more and the scaffolding will be there forever if no one ever uses it.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • larryjman
    Montreal, Canada215 contributions
    I loved this experience. The building is beautiful inside and out. The guide was attentive and knew her stuff. She answered all the extra questions we had.

    Some people mentioned the Opera House seems to be neglected. I kind of disagree. Yes, I noticed watermarks on the ceiling. But I'm also one of those strange hipsters who thinks it adds character to the space and represents a long and rich history. I wouldn't get rid of those watermarks, I'd highlight them.

    I particularly appreciated the Murano glass chandeliers spread out all over. All original from when it opened in the 1890s as well.

    We also were treated to the stage crew setting up for a few minutes, and the orchestra rehearsing. That was a special experience. We even got to sit in the royal suite.

    The tour lasts for approximately 30 minutes. I think ours went a little over to about 35 or 40 minutes. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. A wonderful lesson in Palermo's artistic history.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • Elisabeth
    Gateshead, UK155 contributions
    This is a lovely cathedral and if you are interested in history a really great example of the Norman architecture in Sicily. You can climb the tower with a spectacular view. Some of the stones outside have the mason's signs visible so look out for those! And try to find the pillar with Noah!
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • patio53
    Steilacoom,WA282 contributions
    This is a small church that only allows a few people in at a time. It has its charm and is a nice complement to the two other churches in the square.
    Written 26 April 2022
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  • Ana L
    Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
    You need to book a tour, and try to do it the day before, because this is a very popular place to visit. There are visits in Italian and English, and they are held by former factory workers, very passionate about their jobs/lives. The factory has been renovated for the purpose of the visits, and contains very nice exhibits. A must!!!
    Written 14 October 2020
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  • Howard B
    Toronto, Canada231 contributions
    Don't be fooled by the relatively bland exterior. The interior is absolutely beautiful. The walls are adorned with statues of the saints and the ceiling is the piece de resistance.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • Anna R
    3 contributions
    A fantastic little museum that a friend had recommended. We took our four children, aged between four and eleven and all of them absolutely loved it, as we both did. You have to book your guided tour, which is so informative and interesting. We also had time to take lots of amazing photos. Hard to choose our favourite, but the upside down living room was great fun!
    Written 7 October 2020
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  • TrailBlazer562978
    32 contributions
    When poor Sicilians couldn't afford doctors their only resort was their faith and a pilgrimage up Mount Pellegrino to Saint Rosalia's sanctuary. The views driving up are spectacular for tourists but that's not what people on their knees going the pilgrim's way saw or why they went. The grotto of baby's bibs and motor bike helmets bespeak sadder, more basic concerns that people still do not rely solely on modern medicine to solve. St Rosalia, patron saint of Palermo, died aged only 35 in 1566, her short life controversial because women were not supposed to live as hermits in caves. Look up to where the limestone cave claws its way and see the eccentric plumbing that channels drips away from pilgrims' and visitors' heads.
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, GA12,262 contributions
    We spent a morning in this park at the top of the hill in Liperi. It is a collection of historic sites that includes a great museum, the castle, the Cattedrale di San Bartolomeo and the Acropoli. It is well marked and has good descriptive signage.
    Written 12 August 2021
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  • cristina
    3 contributions
    It hosts an impressive Museum of the Inquisition where prisoners' cells are covered with rather disturbing ancient graffiti. It also hosts Guttuso's famous painting of the Vucciria market, a must for visitors of Palermo. Definitely worth going to see this less known site. The guided tours are also excellent.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • expandyourhorizons10
    Virginia54 contributions
    Baroque heavily ornate sanctuary with polished marble pillars and 3D reliefs. 3 euro admission. Beautiful tiled courtyard of lemon and orange trees and roses and fountain. Look up at the nuns balconies and old bell tower.
    Delicious elegant pastry shoppe, fairly priced.
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • Joe L
    140 contributions
    The interior of this church was amazing. There was gold everywhere and the statues just beautiful. must visit.
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • corinne292
    Geneva, Switzerland143 contributions
    In 1773, a shipwreck forced an English merchant called John Woodhouse to land at Marsala. Business dismissed the tempest : he sent 52 pipes (i.e. around 20.000 l.) of wine to Liverpool, adding some more alcohol to the barrels, well aware of the English sweet tooth for madera, sherry or port. Vincenzo Florio was the first Italian to try his luck, so well that his family was later invited to Queen Victoria's funeral. All that and much more told by an incredibly energetic 38 yr young Italian lady, both charming and ruthless. She knows... Impressive winery tour, with a final degustation of four different wines & more in small bowls (15€) and a dazzling boutique.
    Written 18 February 2020
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