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“Private Palace in Palermo” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palazzo Mirto

Palazzo Mirto
Via Merlo 2, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Tribunali)
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Ranked #14 of 142 attractions in Palermo
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Fresno, California
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“Private Palace in Palermo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We went through in early December 2012 and were the only visitors in the museum. It was definitely worth the time to see how the ruling class lived. We were the only people being escorted by our guide and, since it was a quiet day for them, it let us into the dining room which had been closed down to do restoration work on a huge tapestry. The amount of person-hours that restoration work would take is unimagineable, as the threads are very fine and the work very detailed.
At the end of the tour, we left through a servant's stair well and came out in the carriage house/stables. The stalls for the horses and the equipment provided a look into the working side of the residence.

Visited December 2012
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“Opened new year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I was in Palermo on 1st January. The most of the shops and museums were closed but Mirto Palazzo was open!!
The rooms were well decorated and well maintained. I was impressed at carriages outside also.

Visited January 2012
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Darmstadt, Germany
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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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