Monument visits

Duration: 2 hours - Price: € 100,00 + admission tickets

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace, or the Palace of the Normans, has a millennial history and is considered the oldest residence of Europe. It is also the seat of the Sicilian Regional Assembly. It is located in the highest area of the old town, on top of the first punic settlement, of which traces are still visible underground. The Arabs founded it in the 9th century but it was the Normans who transformed it into a centre of the power. The real jewel of the palace is the Palatine Chapel, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2015. It is a perfect example of the harmony between western and eastern craftsmanship. From the bottom to the top, one can admire the shining golden mosaics made by the Byzantine and the wooden ceiling made by the Arabs, created together under the Norman Crown.
Duration: 2 hours - Price: € 100,00 + admission tickets

Mirto Palace

For 400 years, Mirto Palace was owned by one of the oldest aristocratic families of Sicily. It is one of the best preserved houses of Europe thanks to the conservation of its furniture, furnishings, and decorations. In the halls of the Palace one can admire different styles that changed throughout history according to the trends of the aristocracy. Fantastic ceilings painted with frescoes that date back the 17th century are mixed with Chinese decorations, Rococò fountains of the 18th century and tapestry, paintings, rare porcelain collections. The stable, with its incredible collection of carriages, is also worth a visit.
Duration: 2 hours - Price: € 100,00 + admission tickets

Archeological Museum A. Salinas

The archeological museum was established by the University of Palermo in 1814. It became a National Museum in 1860 and is located in the ex monastery of the Filippini friars. It is the oldest museum of Sicily and houses one of the richest archeological collections of Italy. From prehistoric to medieval times, the Museum gathers evidence from all the populations who have played a part in shaping the history of the island: the Phoenicians, the Punics, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Egyptians, and the Etruscans. The museum is dedicated to Antonio Salinas, who was both its director for several years and a very popular archeologist and numismatist.
Duration: 2 hours - Price: € 100,00 + admission tickets

Palazzo Abatellis Museum

Palazzo Abatellis has been the Gallery of the Sicilian Region since the 1954. The palace was built at the end of the 15th century and is an interesting example of Catalan-Gothic architecture. It houses several art works, paintings, and sculptures by local artists and world-famous masters from the 12th to the 18th century such us Pietro Novelli, Antoon Van Dyck, the Gagini brothers and Vito D'Anna. The jewel of the museum is the "Annunciation" a painting by Antonello da Messina that is also considered a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance. The "Triumph of Death" by an unknown artist is the must-see fresco of the museum. The set-up of the art gallery designed by the architect Carlo Scarpa is also extremely interesting to see.
Duration: 2 hours - Price: € 100,00 + admission tickets

GAM Gallery Of Modern Art

The GAM was established in 1910 and has been located in the ex convent of Saint Anna la Misericordia since 2006. In this fascinating location, one can admire paintings and sculptures set-up according to an itinerary that reflects cultural and historical themes of the 19th and 20th century. Some of the artists represented are the sculptors Rutelli, Trentacoste, Ximenes, and the painters Morelli, Lojacono, De Maria Bergler, Von Stuck, Carrà, Guttuso, Pirandello, Sironi.
Duration: 1 hours - Price: € 75,00 + admission tickets

Zisa Palace

Once part of a vast park of delights called the Genoardo, the Castello della Zisa was built in the second half of the 12th century by the Norman King William I as his summer residence. Beautiful gardens and ponds brimming with water embellished the building they surrounded, underlining the successful union between Arab and Northern European culture. Today, this union is only visible in the architecture of the building that was created by skilled Arab craftsmen who were able to reconcile their architectural style with the housing needs of the Normans. Because today, the palace is also the Museum of Islamic Art, you will be able to admire elegant halls, vaults, mysterious frescoes and Islamic furnishings once inside.
Duration: 2 hours - Price: € 100,00 + admission tickets

Monreale

The Cathedral of Monreale has often been named the most beautiful church of the world. It’s certainly a great example of the incredible harmony that is created when art works in symphony with man’s emotions. It was built in the second half of the 12th century and houses the most extensive mosaic decoration of any church in the world. The big image of Jesus Christ in the main apse is the beating heart of the Cathedral and a symbol of rebirth and redemption. He is surrounded by an abundance of gold, vibrant colours and precious stones. The cloister is part of the visit to this grand monumental complex. With its perfectly geometric proportions, the cloister’s mosaics represent a union of the interior and exterior as well as spiritual and natural power. Its columns are sculpted with different figures, each with its own symbolic reference.
Duration: 2 hours - Price: € 100,00 + admission tickets

Villa Whitaker and Villino Florio

During the 19th century some of the rich entrepreneurs of the international bourgeoisie moved to Sicily. That meant a significative cultural and economic development of the island. Luxurios villas were built in Palermo and the town started growing out of the city walls. Villa Whitaker was built by a very wealthy english family who sorrounded it by a stunning garden full of exotic plants. Some years after Mr. Florio, an italian entrepreneur known for the production of Marsala wine, built Villa Florio a perfect example of the liberty style. We will visit both of them, two great masterpieces of the 19th century architecture.

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