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Monte Pellegrino

Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #8 of 155 attractions in Palermo
Type: Scenic Drives, Lookouts
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Chicago, IL
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's a pilgrimage that all sicilians do each year to pay their respect for the patron saint of Palermo. Be prepared to walk up a few flight of steps to get to the church, once inside the grotto is small and may be crowded on weekends.

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Wiltshire
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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

4 degrees cooler than the city, good views, but the sanctuary has its market stalls selling tat nearby, so rather detracted from the visit.

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Farmington, CT
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The highlight of this site is the sanctuary at the summit devoted to Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint. Unusual in that is actually built directly into the cliffs of the mountain, the sanctuary and its history are extensively described. It is an impressive sight not just for its unusual construction but also for its meaning to the devoted. The views... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

You really can't go to Palermo and not visit the cave grotto where the bones of Palermo's patron saint, Saint Rosalia, were discovered and where, subsequently, Rosalia delivered Palermo from the plague in the early 1600s. You can take the bus 812 from the street just along the north flank of the Teatro Politeama. But it doesn't run that often,... More

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Emotional trip in a bus on a really narrow road! A big shame there is no information how to found path going on a top of the mountain from a last bus stop. But if you are lucky enough to found it you'll see a great views on a city and sea.

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London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

It took about 1 hour to walk up (slowly), amazing church inside a cave at the top and beautiful views. Useful that we had a local with us to tell the history.

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Timaru
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209 reviews 209 reviews
102 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Local Palermitana come here once a year as a pilgrimage to Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo. The trip here especially in the evening is rather breathtaking with all those shimmering lights below. It takes a while to get up there and that's when you have a realisation the amount of distance that local people need to cover to... More

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Xalapa, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

A quick scape to see the beautiful beach from above. Good for taking pictures! There is also a church which is the main attraction for some people. You can get there by bus and the drivers are always nice enought to wait for you 15 or 30 minutes so you don't have to wait an hour for the next one!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Amazing twists and turns and a view of the city that must be seen! Beware of tour busses hogging the road, however.

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Sweden
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Caught the 812 bus all the way to the top but with the meeting traffic it was kind of scary. Before getting back to the city I crossed and hoped for the best. One meeting bus going up the hill crushed the window on the side when we passed each other. The shrine and the view was lovely ad well... More

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