La Kalsa

La Kalsa, Palermo: Address, Phone Number, La Kalsa Reviews: 4/5

Neighborhoods • Points of Interest & Landmarks
The area
Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale

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Rosario_it
Belgium1,826 contributions
Typical area of Palermo
Sep 2018
This popular area of Palermo become more and more frequented by tourists and there are some good attractions and one of the best markets of Palermo (and Sicily)
Written August 6, 2019
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Pauline K
San Francisco, California18 contributions
La Kalsa, Best Place to Stay in Palermo!
Oct 2017
In a vibrant, multi-cultural area, not far from the transport hub. Beautiful churches and buildings to visit, a lovely park, art and crafts shops, with their own tour. And a huge market not far away, been there since Roman times!. Kalsa is the place to stay!
Written September 22, 2018
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paolo70_11
Geneva, Switzerland63 contributions
Wonderful Palermo
Dec 2017 • Friends
La Kalsa is one of the most beautiful neighborhood in Palermo. It s a car free Area full of stunning Churches, Medieval building hided by beautiful facade of XVI-XVII Century that shows like an open book Palermo's rich History. Definitely recommend to discover this city of Art
Written December 31, 2017
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marcopolo111
Cleveland, Oh2,824 contributions
Decadent, bohemian, genuine and fascinating part of town
Oct 2016 • Solo
This is a centrally located part of town, near to the harbor which was built and was the main arab quarter. It underwent continuous rebuilding over the centuries and has small alleys, lovely little and large squares, monumental palaces and square. Among them many houses destroyed by the allies bombing in 1944, and many others collapsing on their own. 10-20 years ago it was considered unsafe but now it has becoming fashionable, has attracted small hotel, restaurants, bars and it is as save as anywhere in Palermo. It is the most genuine and picturesque part of town, with beautiful churches and square intermixed with decaying and collapsing buildings, graffiti and great murals.
Written November 7, 2016
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Chris A
Manchester, UK175 contributions
Brilliant area especially in the evening
Jul 2016 • Couples
We stayed in a superb B & B on via Lungarini and spent a lot of time in La Kalsa, especially in the evening, when it really comes alive. This is a great area to be based in, there are lots of places to stay, eat and drink. There is also a free tourist shuttle bus that comes down via Alloro, which we used to get the 389 bus to Monreale from Piazza Independza, on the other side of town. We found the city walkable from here to see sites further afield like the Cathedral and the Norman Palace, and other districts.
Within La Kalsa you also have severall great churches to visit, plus various palazzos, the excellent Regional Art Gallery and the Marionette Museum. Piazza Marina and the Giardino Garibaldi are also good spots and has a lot of restaurants and pizzerias of varying quality on it and in the streets nearby (via Bottai).
This area really comes in to its own in the evening, though, like most areas I imagine. One particular place that is good for eating and drinking is the zone around via Alloro. On via Paternostro there are some cool bars (look for the crowds) and an excellent restaurant where the street opens on to a square - the Focacceria San Francesco. On the junction of Paternostro with via Alloro there are some small bars and if you go down via Aragona there are drinking/eating places on the squares towards via Divisi - a minute's walk. If you go to the left down Alloro and take a right down via Castrofilippo you come to a massive open space, which looks a bit forlorn during the day but which really comes alive at night with eating and drinking places on both sides, and stalls selling drinks and food at barbecues in the centre. It is busy, busy, busy, and on the far side of the square a bar on the left that has a great soundtrack (Smiths, Hendrix) and monster Tanqueray gin and tonics for 4 euros each. The square has a great buzz.
I'd read warnings about the area before I came and was a bit concerned about petty crime, but saw nothing and felt totally at ease. Just take the usual city precautions. The only thing I felt on leaving was regret that we had to go and wishing we could be here longer.
A must visit area and a great place to stay.
Written August 22, 2016
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia10,701 contributions
Soul of Palermo
Jul 2016 • Couples
This is the oldest part of Palermo where the Arabs established their government.
It's full of old, narrow, winding picturesque streets. Through centuries it became densely populated. The area was heavily bombed during WWII, and many of the ruins have never been restored. Many of the ruined bldgs serve as restaurants and galleries today.
It's an interesting part of town to stroll and feel the atmosphere.
Written August 16, 2016
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theharrogatelady
Harrogate, UK1,606 contributions
Cathedral area
Feb 2015 • Family
La Kalsa is historic and well worth a wander. You will find the cathedral in this area and many places to shop, eat and drink.
Many locals also live in apartments around this area.
Written January 15, 2016
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dalton1skiing
London2,598 contributions
Rather run down area of town, but some interesting bits
Nov 2015 • Couples
We spent lots of time between via Maqueda & via Roma where tourist attractions, churches & museums are, but only visited the area between via roma & the sea once. Many of the buildings looked run down & there just wasn't anything there that we wanted to see. We visited foro Italico and piazza marina, but nothing else in that part of Kalsa. Its hard to rate an entire district of a place, but compared to other areas, this just didn't appeal as much.
Written November 15, 2015
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LeonidVic
Moscow, Russia192 contributions
Strange Michelin choice
Sep 2015 • Couples
It is rated in Michelin guide as 3 stars attraction in Palermo. Although no doubt that Palermo itself is worthwhile to visit La Kalsa is not close to this rating. Perhaps once it was - but not now. Except for a couple of really nice building there is nothing of interest - just very old and semi-destroyed houses and garbage in the streets.
Written September 17, 2015
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Magellano81
Tortona, Italy41,158 contributions
The old Palermo's neighborhood.
Mar 2015 • Solo
One of the most beautiful and vibrant city, a blend of art and historical authenticity that make this place unique, adjacent to the sea or to the Foro Italico and entering through the door of the Greeks, walking among the many roads we have the impression of walking in a place where time stands still. La Kalsa is something exceptional, something that after a long time when you close your eyes and think about Palermo remember those streets, the sounds and colors of the buildings.
Hard to miss this neighborhood, this is the essence of the city, the spirit of Palermo.
Written June 11, 2015
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