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“A tip for a half day trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monte Pellegrino

Monte Pellegrino
Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #10 of 162 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Scenic Drives, Lookouts
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Warsaw
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“A tip for a half day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

On the top hill, several miles from the city center, with a breathtaking view on Palermo from the various curves of the road going up the hill (mind: NOT from the destination itself), there is a place that seems to be very popular among the locals and tourists alike: the sanctuary of Sta Rosalia. Take the bus 812 from Teatro Politana and go until the last stop which is this chapel, cut in the rock of the hill Mte Pellegrino, and boasting the tomb of the Saint. I went there on Sunday, so I do not know if that was the reason, or maybe it is common so every day, though. Anyway, when there you find yourself among dozens of pilgrims (interestingly, many of them clearly of a Hindu origin) and even more... campers who massively come by cars (surprise: some of them even cleaned for Sunday purposes!) to the nearby forests to sit around, drink, eat and leave behind tonnes of garbage.

Visited May 2012
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“Fantastic sightseeing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

A quite impressive view of Palermo and Mondello. Worth the scary road to get there. On the way back to Mondello, find a place to stop to capture some unforgettable views.

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“Beautiful Views: You understand why she left her bones here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

First: The public bus ride

Second: The views

Third: The new sanctuary

Fourth: The old sanctuary

Fifth: Granita at the top

Visited July 2011
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“Amazing views of Palermo and Mondello”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

This was quite tricky to find due to the inconsistent road signs, but follow the signs for "Santuario Santa Rosalia" and you'll get there in the end. We drove up here on a Sunday and found the locals parked up wherever they pleased, picnicking in the wooded areas. We found spectacular views on the way up and down, with the most breathtaking overview of Palermo at the very top. Even though it was a weekend it was still quite quiet at the top (although typical for SIcily there was graffiti everywhere) and peaceful. Go here on a clear sunny day and you will be blown away.

Visited May 2012
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“Beautiful views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

If you're in Palermo and seen all of it's attractions, then this is worth the bus ride. The bus leaves from Piazza Sturzo and is only a 20 min. ride. The ride on the winding mountain has great views but the best part is when the bus drops you off. You will find yourself in front of St. Rosalia's shrine. She is the patron saint of Palermo.After visiting the shrine, you walk the uphill road to the right of the shrine . It takes about 30 min. to reach the top. Y0u are rewarded with beautiful panoramic views of Palermo and the surrounding sea and mountains.

Visited May 2012
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