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Palazzo Chiaramonte

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Address: Piazza Marina, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy

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We hid out from the rain and signed up for the next available tour which was only conducted in Italian, just so we could enter the place. This is a problem because this is a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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183 reviews 183 reviews
136 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We hid out from the rain and signed up for the next available tour which was only conducted in Italian, just so we could enter the place. This is a problem because this is a guided tour and we are not supposed to stray far from the guide. Thus we found ourselves waiting for long periods of time. The guide... More 

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Staunton, Virginia, United States
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We toured only the recently discovered prison cells used during the Spanish Inquisition. You will be humbled by this experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Traveling in November, you are likely to have many sites to yourself. In this case, me and my mother had stopped by the day before and arranged an English speaking tour for the following day. Basically we ended up having a private tour with an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide who patiently answered all of our many questions and... More 

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Ireland
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373 reviews 373 reviews
302 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This commanding castle has had an eventful history, beginning as the residence of the wealthy and powerful Chiaramonte family. On completion in the early 1300s it was much closer to the port and taxes on goods accounted for much of the family money. All this and more was covered during a fascinating tour of the complex, conducted on a voluntary... More 

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Italy
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I was there on saturday! The visit is a must in Palermo. The palace is beautiful, but what i find incredible are the jails. These jails are dated back to the inquisition time and reveal the cruelty of the inquisitors and prison officers. There are several paintings and are a rare testomony of an obscure ephoc! Moreover, the guide, Oriana,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We accidentally came across this place and we're so glad we did, what an experience and it only cost 5 euro each. After payment we were given two plastic information cards that explained each cell and the drawings. You are allowed to take photos but cannot use flash. We highly recommend you visit this place.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I went to this place not expecting too much but was really interested once I got there. Unfortunately there was no English guide, but I understand that you can book one in advance. The people who work there are volunteers and the guide with us was an archaeologist associated with the university. She did her best to explain as much... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We were fortunate to see this fascinating place with an Englush speaking guide arranged for us by our tour company, Tradizione Turismo. The palace itself has undergone some wonderful restoration particularly in the court area used by the Holy Inquisition, and the cells where the prisoners were housed. Excavations continue and are on display where safe to do so. It... More 

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Terni, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It is a particular monument that need the explanation of a good guide. Never go to visit with children under 13

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Toronto, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I visited this location in one of the last days of my stay in Palermo and it was a nice surprise. The visit is actually comprised of two parts (there are 2 tickets to buy, from the same ticket office): the area with the Inquisition prisoners' cells and the palace itself. The first part gave me the opportunity to see... More 

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