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The traditional center of Palermo called "Quattro Canti" (Four Corners) is located at the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda, making it the heart of this city's old historic district.
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Corso Vittorio Emanuelle | Via Maqueda, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Each corner is a variation on the same themes: 4 baroque palaces, 4 fountains, 4 seasons, 4 Spanish Kings, 4 female patron saints of the city. As an early example of town planning, Quattro Canti can be compared to Place Vosges in Paris (originally Place...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The map provided is not the four corners. It's the vegetable market. If you follow other reviews those are correct where the location of the four corners is.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Standing in the middle of the cross roads, you can't help but look at the four corners, the architecture and beautiful corners. Looking down the streets you see the mountains. Beautiful

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's simple enouth, reminiscent of one in Rome. A fountain on each corner represents a season. There's a real bustle and it's the last respite before the busy almost pedestrian road beyond. The sculptures are excellent.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

The Quattro Canti is a pedestrian area dating back to 1600 where the two main streets of Palermo, Via Maqueda, and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele intersect. The curved facades of the buildings, each representing a season, and the statues of Spanish kings and patron saints...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

An interesting cross road in the city, now pedestrianised. Look at the monuments, listen to buskers or just watch the world go by. It is on the route to many places.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed October 2, 2019 via mobile

These are beautiful crossroads with elaborate sculptures at the four corners. Each has different themes and fountains. They stretch up at least three storeys high and create an historic and compelling meeting point . It’s always busy here with lots of guided tours having talks...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 1, 2019

I was disappointed with the centro. I always thought Palermo would look like a faded opera set. There's a great buzz and some unusual street food experiences but it lacks the harmony of South East Sicily.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank David C
Reviewed September 23, 2019

This is the heart of Palermo and it is busiest intersection in town our apartment was only a couple blocks away near Plaza Marina so we were able to visit on several occasions. I think they should light up the statue’s at night but it...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 22, 2019

For the center of the city it could be in better shape. Cars and people vie for the streets. Central location, you are 10 blocks in the four directions from there to the Teatro Massimo, Cattedrale, Train/bus station and the Cala. GREAT places to dine...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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