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Stanze al Genio

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 11, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 340 097 1561
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Ranked #1 of 162 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: The museum is open year round for a visit but you must book your visit by email or phone. For reservations just call a few hours before the... more » Owner description: The museum is open year round for a visit but you must book your visit by email or phone. For reservations just call a few hours before the appointment and agree to the tour. The visits are carried out only in Italian / english. « less
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Salisbury, Wiltshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It was our first time in Sicily and having visited the Royal Palace and the Cathedral, it was a joy to step off the busy streets to a sanctuary of calm and beauty. Claudio was a most interesting and well-informed host and was able to explain in excellent English the history and curating of this amazing collection of tiles from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We went to this 'museum' cos frankly, it wasn't another church (we were all churched out by then). Great collection of tiles dating from late 1700's with such interesting stories behind some of them. The guide made a big difference with his animated passion and his knowledge - you could ask him about any tile and he would have a... More

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Luxemburg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A hidden gem in the busy Palermo - an unexpected oasis. Just beautiful. Informative and knowledgeable host.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I was dubious about how exciting a collection of tiles could really be. However, I am pleased to say, I found this place to be a sanctuary of passion and devotion to an extinct and incredibly skilled art form. The guide also spoke perfect English and was very knowledgeable about the collection. For all the doubters, ignore your reservations and... More

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A great addition to all the usual things to see. You have to make an effort to arrange a visit rather than just turn up, but well worth it: the volunteer running the visit was passionate about the project and it was great to see a private collection exhibited as a not-for-profit venture topping Trip-advisor reviews over the churches and... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Stanze al Genio is a magnificent collection of tiles from southern Italy - mostly from Naples and Sicily. It is a private collection in the owner's house and you have to phone or email beforehand to arrange a time to visit. The volunteer guides give individual tours in English or Italian and explain the development of tiles over the... More

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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A really special place. A private home so you need a reservation! They are finishing a major expansion of the exhibit space. Possibly completed by end of Sept!

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This was an amazing place. You need to pre-book but that was done easily via email. The tiles are fantastic but it is more than that. You are inside the collectors home - an experience that does not come by that often.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We loved this place! We had been in Sicily for two weeks and this was a nice change from all the churches and cathedrals we had seen during our trip. Absolutely beautiful collection of tiles, some dating back almost two hundred years displayed in a house that was built in the 15th Century. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I had the pleasure of being guided by Claudio Iannelli, a Palermo local, who is expansively knowledgeable about the smallest detail and individual journey of each tile. I personally loved this attraction for the intimate, non-commercial appeal and story telling. Not to mention the feeling of gratitude one feels towards the owner who makes the home vacant for visitors to... More

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