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GARIBALDI GARDEN

4043

Villa Garibaldi is in the middle of piazza Marina. This wonderful 19th century garden was designed by the architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile and was dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi to celebrate to birth of the Kingdom of Italy.

Palazzo Steri

4042

Palazzo Chiaramonte, also known as Palazzo Steri, at the beginning was the residence of Manfredi Chiaramonte, count of Modica, and then housed of the Spanish Viceroys. From 1600 to 1782 Palazzo Steri hosted the tribunal of the Holy Inquisition.

Palazzo Abatellis

4040

Palazzo Abatellis lies in via Alloro, a few steps away from Piazza Marina. It hosts the Sicily Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale della Sicilia) with numerous works of art such as those made by Pietro Novelli, Anoon Van Dyck e Domenico and Antonello Gagini.

 

La Cala

4045

Between via Francesco Crispi and Foro Italico, la Cala is the oldest harbour of the city. Nowadays la Cala is a tourist little harbour in the old town, very close to Piazza Marina.

CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

4048

The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi lies in Kalsa district, a few steps away from piazza Marina. The facade of the church is built in Gothic style. The church construction dates back to about 1260. Of the original structure remain the gothic double lancet windows of the side aisles and the facade with the rose window.

Quattro Canti

4049

Quattro Canti is in the very heart of the city. It is an octagonal square at the crossroads of two main streets of Palermo: corso Vittorio Emanuele and via Maqueda. This special square was also called Octagon of the Sun or Theatre of the Sun because during the day at least one of the architectural wings is lit by the sun.

 

CHURCH OF MARTORANA

4038

The church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, known as Martorana, is a typical example of Byzantine art in Palermo.

It is in the very heart of the city, in piazza Bellini and is also near the church of San Cataldo, Quattro Canti and Palazzo delle Aquile.

CHURCH OF SAN CATALDO

4036

The church of San Cataldo lies in the very heart of the city, in piazza Bellini and is also near the church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, known as Martorana. The church of San Cataldo is one of the monuments included in the Norman Arab itinerary of Palermo, it has both oriental and occidental style elements.

Lo spasimo

4034

The convent dedicated to Santa Maria dello Spasimo was commissioned by Jacopo de Basilicò 16th century. Today the church with its open aisle hosts various cultural events.

 

VUCCIRIA MARKET

4032

Vucciria historic market is one of the worldwide best known historic markets of Palermo as well as Ballarò and Capo. It stretches between via Roma, la Cala, the Cassaro and Garraffello square. At first it was used to slaughter and sell meat, nowadays it has become one of the areas of Palermo nightlife.

CHURCH OF JESUS

4031

Best known with the name of Casa Professa, the Church of Jesus, is one of the most famous monuments of Palermo. One of the best examples of baroque art, inside there is a continuous covering of sculptures, marble decorations, stucco and frescos made by well-known artists.

Ballarò MARKET

4029

Ballarò is one of the worldwide best known historic markets of Palermo. It stretches from Casa Professa square to the bastions of corso Tukory.  In the market is also sold the typical street food of Palermo cooking such as panelle, crocchè, spleen sandwiches, quarume (veal entrails in vegetable broth), boiled octopus and vegetables.

 

CATHEDRAL

4047

An important stop of the Norman-Arab Itinerary of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Palermo Cathedral is one of the symbols of the city. You should also visit the area of Royal Tombs where you can see the sarcophagi of Henry II and Frederick II.

ROYAL PALACE

4051

Royal Palace of Palermo best known as Norman Palace, is the oldest royal palace in Europe and residence of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Inside it there is the wonderful Palatine Chapel.

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