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“Santa Rosalia Shrine on Monte Pellegrino” 5 of 5 stars
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Monte Pellegrino
Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #11 of 143 attractions in Palermo
Type: Scenic Drives, Lookouts
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PHL
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“Santa Rosalia Shrine on Monte Pellegrino”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

On a recent cruise stopover I chose the Mondello/Monte Pellegrino/Santa Roalia Shrine bus trip and was more than pleasantly surprised - the trip through Mondello was rewarding - best and most expensive area in Palermo - the ride up on Monte Pellegrino was all it promised to be, wonderful views around every bent, very curving roads and finally the Santa Rosalia Shrine. It was easy to reach - about 80 steps up to the shrine - and for a catholic a must see. It is beautiful and inspiring and very moving, considering all the healing that was done because of a visit to the shrine. The array of silver gifts (displayed healed body parts) from grateful cured patients attest to that. I visited this shrine on a weekday in January - there was no crowd. I can honestly say it was a wonderfyl experience and it was beautifully displayed.

Visited January 2013
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“the most beautiful mountain in Europe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Wolfgang Goethe visited Palermo in the XVIII century and rated Monte Pellegrino as the most beautiful mountain in Europe. I haven't seen all of the mountains in the continent but I can state that is actually the most beautiful I've seen (so far). If you go on top visit the "Santa Rosalia" shrine: it's weird and really interesting. A public bus service will allow you to reach the shrine.

Visited January 2013
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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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Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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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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