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Palazzo Chiaramonte

Piazza Marina, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #4 of 156 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Built in the early fourteenth century the palace was the great mansion of Manfredi Chiaramonte, Count of Modica immense and powerful fiefdom (called... more »
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went to the palazzo chiaramonte based on the reviews from trip advisor , it was never made clear to us that we would get no english commentry it only became apparent once the tour started which was a shame because the lady seemed very animated and passionate about it and could speak good english ,and because it cost us... More

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Palermo, Italy
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Quite by chance, I passed by Palazzo Chiaramonte and it was open. I was with an American guest and we went in for the guided tour. It was incredible. To see the cells of the prisoners of the Inquisition is a most unusual experience. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. I would recommend the visit to both visitors and residents!... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Having seen Locatelli/Graeme Dixon tour of Palermo we were interested in Gattusos' painting of the Vucchiria market - well worth tracking down. The unexpected treasure was the guided tour of the cells where prisoners were interred during the Spanish Inquisition - incredible.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Fascinating insights into the Inquisition. The prisoner art will send chills up your spine. An English-speaking guide took our group around, and she also had some printed material in English, which was helpful. If you're staying anywhere near Porto Felice, it's a short walk, and the hop-on hop-off bus has a stop just across the park.

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Brisbane, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Palazzo Steri (Chiaramonte), at Piazza Marina, was the seat of the Inquisition in Palermo from 1605-1782. Now owned by the university, it has recently opened its doors to tourists. For 5 euro I got a personal guided tour by a student (in Italian, but she said they do English too). We started in the prison in the building next door,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Palazzo Chiaramonte has a long and bloody history. When it was built, the sea came to within a hundred meters (and as Edward Longshanks learned in Wales, it's a good idea to build your castles by the sea). The head of the Chiaramonte family, Andrew, rebelled in the 14th century, and duly lost his own head to the Kings' axe... More

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sanctuary cove
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41 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

The palazzo is a remarkable physical reminder of the great fortified houses that characterised nobles' ongoing confrontations with church and state for centuries in Sicilian history. You can't go in unless there's a function on, but just the exterior is magnificent. The streetscape was modified just so that this palazzo could be built - and the last scion of the... More

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