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“Refuge from Palermo's hustle” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Giardino Inglese

Giardino Inglese
Viale della Liberta' 63, 90100 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Politeama)
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Ranked #32 of 154 attractions in Palermo
Type: Parks
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Newport, United Kingdom
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56 attraction reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
“Refuge from Palermo's hustle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Compared to the Botanical Gardens this park is better maintained. It is a lovely quiet spot in the city and is used by locals for their own sanctuary. There is incredible statuary by Rutelli which is frequently overlooked by the guide books. There is no fee for entry (again, unlike the Botanical) and there is a small cafe with toilet inside.

Visited June 2013
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Portland, Australia
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“Quiet refuge and playpark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

The English Garden in Palermo [Giardino Inglese] is located between Via della Liberta and Via Gen dalla Chiesa, being a significant walk from my hotel near Piazza Gulia Cesare [station square].
The gardens are mainly large trees and shrubs, but with expansive hard-paved areas.
I visited on a Sunday morning, and it was delightful to see so many family groups of locals using the hard-paved open area as space to play: Young children learning to ride little bicycles or roller blades, others blowing bubbles with toys, playing with helium-filled balloons or kicking a ball.
All the play was discreet; there were no wild or loud scenes, a quiet mood and ambience.
A central café had reasonably priced food and drink and provided the only toilet facility.
A few stall-holders offered children's toys and colourful balloons.
One purpose of my visit was to see the statue "Bambini che giocano tra gli scogli" - "Children playing on rocks' by the famous 19th-20th century Palermo sculptor, Mario Rutelli, who also made the fabulous "Fontana delle Naiadi" in Piazza della Repubblica, Rome, and other works.
I recommend the English Gardens, Palermo as a quiet place for personal reflection and for families with energetic young children who need space to play and burn off their energy!

Visited April 2013
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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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“A lovely oasis of calm in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was a lovely quiet place to sit and read in the centre of Palermo and seemed better kept than the Botanic Gardens and no entrance fee! Well used by various groups of the community with a cafe in the centre. Lots of bus routes run right past the park so very easy to get to or an easy walk from Politeama.

Visited March 2013
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Civita Castellana, Italy
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“Small charming park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

There isn't much to say about this small park, but it certainly is a nice spot to rest after exploring Palermo by foot. There are several large, interesting trees, and some water features to look at. As a tourist destination, it doesn't really offer much. However, it offers a nice mood and is quite clean. Maybe if I go back to Palermo I will have a small picnic here, if I decide to go back to this side of town (it is mostly just shops). There is also a bar, if you need a coffee.

Visited March 2013
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Malahide, Ireland
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“Weekend in Palermo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Nice cool oasis in city centre.Strool from Teatro Politeama down Via Della Liberta past shops displaying designed fashion to Giardino Inglese and walk through the pathways in between plants & trees.

Visited May 2012
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