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“Gem of a palazzo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palazzo Mirto

Palazzo Mirto
Via Merlo 2, 90133 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
0916167541
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Ranked #13 of 143 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Darmstadt, Germany
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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“Gem of a palazzo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Palazzo Mirto is a few yards from Piazza Marina on Via Merlo in La Kalsa. We were not sure what to expect (we were the only visitors) but it turned out to be a real treasure. We were accompanied by an attendant over two floors of a richly furnished aristocratic palace which just looked as though it had been lived in until recently. A beautiful well-stocked library full of rare tomes finished off the tour. Excellent location, unusual attraction.

Visited December 2012
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“Palazzo Mirto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

An extraordinary building with superb furniture, porcelain and glass and interesting pictures. We were there about 2 hours.

Visited October 2012
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Baltimore, MD
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“Life stopped in 1982”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

That was the year that the da Mirto family gave up the Palazzo to the city. And it appears to have stayed precisely the same since then. It's a fascinating place, a real insight into how the well-off of the 19th century lived...and how they could run out of money to support such a palace and bequeath it to the city as a museum. Well worth a visit; it's down near the harbor and easy to get to.

Visited October 2012
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nottingham
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“Interesting glimpse at how the rich lived”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We visited this old palazzo as we were wandering the streets of Palermo. It was the home of a rich family who have only fairly recently moved on (probably to some tax haven!) It has the feeling of a family home with photos dotted around and no doubt was the scene of lavish soirees until fairly recently.
What is shocking is looking round and reflecting on the fact that when these people were living with gold, great works of art, fountains and beautiful furniture, they were litterally a stones throw from extreme poverty in this city which is still pretty poor. It amused me that one of the guide books described it as a "modest" palazzo!

Visited August 2012
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Sicily
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“See how the aristocrats of Palermo lived...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Take a fascinating step back in time, as you stroll through the sumptuously decorated rooms of Palazzo Mirto. Though the staff seems bored and are not particularly helpful, the beautiful palazzo speaks for itself. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2012
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