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Stanze al Genio

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 11, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 340 0971561
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Ranked #1 of 156 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. « less
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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Such a great surprise lurking inside an apparently typical Sicilian home. Wall to wall adorned with mesmeric tiles spanning the centuries. A truly heartfelt collection, a labour of love, presented in a gorgeous private home. Note, you need to call ahead first as viewings are by appointment. Anyone who loves beauty, craftsmanship and Italian history, this is must!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A real gem in Palermo. As well as a fantastic collection of tiles and a very knowledgeable guide, the actual building(part of a palazzo) is well worth seeing. Original hand painted ceilings and the owner (who lives there) has put together his collection in a stylish way around his own living requirements.

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Lund, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

When in Palermo you must book a visit at Stanze al Genio (+393400971561). The Museum of Maiolica, the main collection is made of 2300 ancient tiles of Neapolitan and Sicilian manufacturing. The guide was excellent.

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Piedmont, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a little gem of a private museum tucked away on a side street in Palermo. We loved our tour (you must book ahead) and look forward to an expanded museum in 2015.

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Glendale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This little private museum is a work of love by a man in love with tiles. His collection spans several centuries and many different styles. To house this collection of literally thousands of historic tiles he is renovating an old palazzo--a fascinating building itself. When the work is done (they hope by the end of the year) many more tiles... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Worth seeking out this collection of hand painted Sicilian floor tiles, displayed on walls of this restored apartment in the old town. Good explanation in English. Book in advance.

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monza
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is a private collection of tiles rescued from old palaces in Sicily and Naples which has been built up over the years .They are displayed on the walls of the owners house and at the moment there are about 2500 to view with many more in storage. It is a fascinating collection and the guided tour is included in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

what a wonderful gem in the middle of Palermo. definitely highlight of trip to city. so special and different. not to be missed.

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piomellina, Direttore generale at Stanze al Genio, responded to this review

Thank you very much, I hope to see you again soon. Yours sincerely Pio Mellina More

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