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Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati

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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This is hands down the most interesting museum on the Inquisition you are going to find anywhere. It is not sensationalist-- you will not find torture chambers and all that stuff. Instead, the prisoners' graffiti consisting of poems and drawings created in the seventeenth century...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 20, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
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