Sights of Palermo


Catacombe dei Cappuccini di Palermo

Capuchin Catacombs

The Capuchin Catacombs are one of the most famous and eerie places in Palermo. This “museum of death” has been attracting curious people from all over the world since the 18th century, when it became an essential destination for travelers on the Grand Tour.

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Admiral’s Bridge

The Ponte dell’Ammiraglio (Admiral’s Bridge) is a splendid example of medieval civil architecture and is located at the southern edge of Palermo. Built around 1131 for Admiral George of Antioch, it is one of the landmarks included in the UNESCO site, Arab-Norman Palermo.

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Pretoria Fountain

The Fontana Pretoria (Pretoria Fountain), also known as the ‘Fountain of Shame’, is one of the undisputed symbols of Palermo. It was made by the sculptor, Francesco Camilliani, for a villa in Florence belonging to Viceroy Don Pedro Alvarez.

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The Four Corners

I Quattro Canti (The Four Corners) is one of Palermo’s most spectacular and popular spots. The four buildings that outline the square were built between 1608 and 1620, while the sculptures and decorative elements were completed in 1663.

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Castello della Zisa di Palermo

Palace of Zisa

The Palazzo della Zisa or Castello della Zisa, is the most well-preserved Islamic building in Sicily. It was the summer residence of Palermo’s Norman kings. Here, they devoted themselves to rest and entertainment.

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Palace of the Normans

The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) in Palermo, also known as the Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans), is one of the most extraordinary buildings in Sicily. It chronicles the history of Palermo from the first Punic settlements to the present day.

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Church of Martorana

The Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, or Chiesa della Martorana, is one of the most fascinating sights on the ‘Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale’ itinerary. It is an extraordinary building, which tells the story of nine centuries of Sicilian art and culture.

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The facade of Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral is the largest Norman cathedral in Sicily, built in 1184 by Gualtiero Offamilio. As a result of numerous modifications over the centuries, only a few parts of the original building remain, but enough to give us an idea of its splendour.

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Ballarò Market

Ballarò is the largest food market in Palermo, and also the oldest. Although more than a thousand years have passed since it was established, it is still one of the city’s liveliest spots, where food products from all over the world are sold.

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