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Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati

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Address: Piazza Marina, 61, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0916075306
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This is a huge building, part of the university in the Moorish quarter. You have to take a tour either 8 or 5 Euros depending on age. You see the magnificent main rooms but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Medstead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a huge building, part of the university in the Moorish quarter. You have to take a tour either 8 or 5 Euros depending on age. You see the magnificent main rooms but the amazing part is the prison quarters. It was used as a prison for at least 200 years and much of the graffiti is still there.... More 

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Sevenoaks District, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You have to go on a guided tour and the guide was good. I would have given 5 stars if she hadn't also taken some Italians on the supposedly English tour that was supposed to take an hour so you only got have half of the hour of the tour in English which was frustrating. We found the museum by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to do the tour of this palazzo because we had heard about the inquisition museum that it housed. We were fascinated by that part of the tour but also learned much more than we anticipated from our tour guide Roberta. She was knowledgeable and engaging regarding art, art history, and architecture. She also provided insight about the drawings... More 

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found Palazzo Steri not so much by looking on Tripadvisor or similar but because we walked round Piazza Marina on our city walk. The building impressed on the outside but little prepares you for the unusual grafitti by prisoners of the Spanish Inquisition inside the cells. We went on a well managed English language tour (with heavy Italian accent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

This Palazzo has been superbly restored. It is now administered by the University of Palermo. It had a wonderful full length highly decorated wooden ceiling but the highlight are the graffiti left by prisoners of the Spanish Inquisition when used by them as a prison in the 17th century. They are poignant and extraordinary. The tour guide at the Palazzo... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

The museo dell'Inquisizione is fascinating, chilling and interesting. A must see insight in the history of Sicily. The guided tour (one hour) is highly recommended. Our english speaking guide was enthousiastic and explained the 400-years old drawings very well. The drawings and scribblings are fascinating. Over 400 years old, and well preserved.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

A fascinating guided tour not just of the town house but of the recently opened and extensive museo dell'Inquisizione, containing cells where prisoners of the Spanish Inquisition were held and tortured. Movingly, the cells are decorated with the prisoners' unbelievable artwork. If you are of sensitive disposition there is nothing to worry about here and you should come. The guided... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

We took two hop on, hop off tours so we could easily see the important sites of the city. Tx are good for 24 hours and one tx covers both the old city, and on another bus, the new city.

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Being Americans of Chiaramonti lineage, we recently visited Sicily and were sure to include all Chiaramonti/Chiaramonte sites on the island. Palazzo Steri was a fascinating but very sad experience. This former Chiaramonte castle is in the old town. From our hotel off Via Liberte, it was about a 20 Euro ride by "toktok" open air taxi. It is important to... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

We came and immediately was offert us the possibility to have a guide in the language that we prefer (we were an Italian and a English )after a short time the visit started and was really interesting from the historic side and the architectural side we were very lucky. Better take an appointment for the view the guides are very... More 

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