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Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We read about this museum and gallery online and we were unlucky at 1000 as there was a school trip. The 1100 tour was in Italian but we could book the 1300 tour to be in English, which we did. It was well worth the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I heard about it from a friend and she said that it was an inquisition museum so i hoped to see all of the torture devices, but even though there are none the tour was very interesting and it gives you a detailed story about...More

Thank Fonzeh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Guided tour, some given in English, of the Palazzo of one if the most important families in Sicily as well as graffiti by prisoners held there afterwards when it was used as a prison by the Spanish Inquisition. The tour is very informative - great...More

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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

When we first heard about the museum we were interested, because it sounded different than usual museums. And we were not disappointed. The guide Roberta was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and knew how to present the topic in an interesting way. The cells are beautifuly restored...More

Thank Lucija Z
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a tour today of the jail which housed prisoners during the Spanish period. Our tour guide Vivianna was excellent hosting the tour in English. Would definitely recommend this tour to others.

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Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

The place is impressive by itself, but we were very pleased when we realized we are getting a 50-min guided tour in English for just 5€. Our guide Viviana was super interesting, spoke fluently and had all the answers. Besides Catacombs, one of the most...More

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Reviewed June 30, 2018

I enjoyed touring this Palace turned prison for the Inquisition. The graffiti done by the prisoners (protestants, jews, etc.) is very impressive considering what they had to work with (ground red brick mixed with urine; later with charcoal). However the guide left a lot to...More

Thank flaneur40
Reviewed June 30, 2018

This attraction could be easily overlooked in a tour of Palermo. Because it is located in a university/architectural renovated building, it can be missed. There are English tours and tickets are required. The best part of the experience for us was seeing the artwork on...More

Thank myraevans1942
Reviewed June 28, 2018

My last review of the Steri was 2012. It's now open to the public most of the time during prescribed hours (check in advance) and you can see the wonderful ceilings and their stories, the prisons with their poignant artworks and moving messages of hopelessness,...More

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Reviewed June 13, 2018

We decided to visit this museum having seen it highlighted in a documentary on Sicily on BBC 2 . The visit was hugely informative , and our English speaking guide answered all our questions with great insight and patience. The grafffiti of the prisoners is...More

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