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Monuments and places of interest

Monuments and places of interest in Palermo and Sicily

The church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti

One of the most interesting examples of Sicilian-Norman art, San Giovanni degli Eremiti it is considered one of the most symbolic monuments of Palermo, one of the most fascinating and unique ecclesiastical buildings of...

Porta Nuova

Once upon a time the city of Palermo was surrounded by walls and there were also entrance gates, the most important of which was the Porta del Palazzo. This gate was closed perhaps in 1460...

Teatro Massimo of Palermo

The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele in Palermo is the biggest opera house in Italy and the third one in Europe. The structure, built in neoclassical-eclectic style, recalls the forms of classical architecture, with its...

Palazzo Abatellis

Palazzo Abatellis was designed in a Catalan Gothic style by Matteo Carnalivari between 1490-1495. The building was made as a luxury villa for the magistrate and master of the harbour Francesco Abatellis and his family,...

Piazza Pretoria (Pretoria Square)

Piazza Pretoria is located close to the Vigliena intersection known as the “Quattro Canti”, the very center of the old Palermo. The square is on a higher lever than Via Maqueda and it’s enriched...

Piazza Marina and Palazzo Steri

Piazza Marina is one of the largest squares in Palermo. It was build on the southern side of the natural harbour of the city. In the middle of the square of Piazza Marina is...

The museum of Palazzo Mirto

  Palazzo Mirto is a marvelous example of a two centuries old nobleman’s mansion. Its original furnishing has been preserved perfectly, and that recreates a perfect 18th century...

Count Federico Palace

The palace is built on the Punic-Roman city wall which originally surrounded ancient Panormus. The tower on the south side of the palace is one of the few remaining  parts of the old city...

Opera dei Pupi in Sicily

Sicily’s most popular form of traditional entertainment is the Opera dei Pupi (rod-marionette theatre), and the best place to attend a performance is in Palermo. Marionettes were first introduced to the island by the Spanish...

The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo

An immense heritage unique in the world in history and scientific data is kept in the basement of Palermo. Those who visits the underground cemetery of the Capuchins is preparing to make a trip...

Ballarò Market

Ballarò is one of the most ancient open-air markets in Palermo (about 1000 years old), and it’s used to sell fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and house items. Its structure reminds us an Arab “suk”,...

The Arab and Norman civilizations in Sicily

The term “Arab-Norman” is often used to identify the long period of Sicilian civilization included between the IX and the late XII century. This term could appear quite inaccurate, because of the big differences...

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