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Palazzo Chiaramonte

Address: Piazza Marina, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #4 of 140 Attractions in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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