Quattro Canti

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Quattro Canti
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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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Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale
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Paul Legate
St Ives, UK17,271 contributions
Delightful piazza in the heart of Centro Storico
Jul 2020 • Solo
In the heart of Centro Storico in Central Palermo is Piazza Vigliena, otherwise known as Quattro Canti. The piazza is at the intersection of Via Maqueda and Via Vittorio Emanuele and comprises of four identical baroque buildings with almost identical frontages. Each of the buildings are split into districts, seasons, kings and Patrons and although looking virtually indistinguishable from each other have their own characteristics and identities. The piazza is thoroughly compelling and a great photo opportunity, it was a delightful place to visit whilst I was in Palermo late July 2020.
Written January 19, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,027 contributions
Excellent Starting Point for Exploring Palermo
Feb 2020
This central square was a really good starting point for exploring Palermo. We started our day here at the crossroads of Palermo’s two main roads, Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
It is a striking and unusual square.
On each corner there are 4 matching concave Baroque buildings, all facing inwards towards the centre. If you stand in the middle and tilt your head right back to look up, they create a circular frame for a blue sky and almost seem to be curving in on you. It’s quite a strange effect.
The facades are highly ornate, with curves and flourishes, columns, cherubs and fountains. There is a heavy dose of Baroque theatricality. Why have one cherub, when you can have 20 or more?
Each facade has corresponding symbolic features that form a theme. Starting at the ground level, each one has a fountain. Together these represent Palermo's 4 rivers. Above that, is a figure representing one of the 4 seasons. Higher again on the second tier, is one of the Spanish kings. Finally, if you cast your eyes to the top level, each façade has one of Palermo's 4 patron saints (Sant'Oliva, Sant'Agata, Santa Christina, and Santa Ninfa). Read together, the symbolic meaning is to do with hierachy and power. The kings have power over nature but the divine power of God and the saints is the most powerful of all.
There are all sorts of interesting detail if you look closely. After a while, we noticed that Spring is a young woman with a bouquet of flowers, whilst winter is an elderly person, nearing the end of their life and carrying an urn.
Later in the day, when we came back this way, the square looked different again. The sun had shifted so that it was shining on a different facade giving quite a different effect.
Grime and soot from traffic have blackened the buildings over time but it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to consider how stunning they would have looked when new and the stone was gleaming .

NEARBY: From the Quattro Canti, we walked 2 minutes around to Pretoria Square, Santa Caterina church and the wonderfully named ‘fountain of shame’.
Written October 26, 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Nice buildings
Aug 2020
One of the nicest areas in Palermo, with beautiful architecture. Centrally located, close to the Fountain Pretoria.
Written October 6, 2020
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,352 contributions
One of the must-see sites
Jan 2020
Absolutely beautiful- and handily situated. You don't even need to make a specific trip to it as it is situated at the junction between what I would consider the two most important roads running through the city centre. So if you are in the city for even a few days, it is likely that you will pass it a number of times.
Written September 2, 2020
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RMVVN
Rotterdam, The Netherlands47 contributions
Nice
Aug 2020 • Family
We were staying very near to the square and with a view on it. Great place, very lively until late in the evening. Worth a visit!
Written August 10, 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
The" Villena Square" in the intersection between Via Maqueda, and Via Vittorio Emanuele is known as the "Quattro Canti".
Jul 2019
At the intersection of two of the most prominent streets in Palermo, Via Maqueda & Via Vittorio Emanuele is the location of the 4 corners square. This amazing square is known as Villena Square in honor of the Spanish Viceroy who commissioned this construction in 1609. This intersection and square received the name Four Corners because of the four palaces which were built in the 4 corners of the square. On the lower level of the palaces, 4 sparkling fountains each one represents one of the ancient rivers that once flowed through Palermo, the Papireto, Kemonia, Oreto, and Pannaria rivers.
Written June 23, 2020
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Jazzumbo
Campulung, Romania1,307 contributions
Most famous crossroad in Palermo
Jun 2020
It is all about four baroque facades, displaying four Spanish viceroys of Sicily, four (out of five) protective saints of Palermo, four female statues symbolizing the seasons and four fountains.
The crossroad between Maqueda and Vittorio Emanuelle boulevards is the meeting point of the four historic neighborhoods of the old city. It was decided during the Spanish rule of the island to be decorated in this unique way.
All these baroque sculptures create a magic ambiance: they made me feel like haunting in a movie studio. Watch Wim Wenders' movie Palermo Shooting to have an idea about how weird the place is.
There are street musicians performing on Sundays and dozens of street vendors.
Definitely, not to be missed while in Palermo.
Written June 8, 2020
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traveltheglobe
Singapore, Singapore723 contributions
Iconic piazza
Jan 2020 • Friends
We came during the year end festive period and the areas around Quattro Canti were especially atmospheric, with Christmas light up, street busking and lots of activities. I personally think this is one of the most iconic piazzas in Sicily. The concept of the four facades depicting the four seasons and the multiple levels representing the different kings and saint is simply spellbinding. We stayed at a hotel just a few steps from here and I would highly recommend this area. Very safe and convenient.
Written May 24, 2020
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Jackie C
Peterborough, UK455 contributions
Unusual crossroads
Feb 2020
This took our breath away. A road junction - intersection where four roads meet hence the word Quattro. Everyone who arrives here has to stop and take a photo. The architecture on these facades is quite stunning and quite a selfie spot
Written April 3, 2020
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Nicked2016
Cobham, UK571 contributions
Lovely street atmosphere
Feb 2020
Just walking along the Via Maqueda is a great experience but this junction has some lovely architecture and is well worth a visit. Lots of bars and cafes nearby.
Written March 2, 2020
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