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Il Castello della Zisa

Opens in 13 min: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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This 12th-century palace features elaborate arches along the front façade and the “Fountain Room,” which is the castle’s main reception area that reaches two-stories in height.
Opens in 13 min
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Piazza Guglielmo il Buono, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 652 0269
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting castle in middle of Palermo, built by the Arabs in the xii century till last owner the Notarbartolo's family sold it to the council, in very good condition to be so old...

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank mariogT6564KR
Reviewed July 15, 2019

This is slightly out of the way but still walkable. If you are interested in history / architecture this building is worth visiting and we enjoyed it. The ticket price in EUR 6 plus an audio guide for EUR 5 (you need to leave ID...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 17, 2019

A worhtwhile building for the architecture alone, a mix of norman and byzantine. The ceiling paintings and stone carvings are exquisite, while the (underused) exhibition space showed some original crafted wooden partitions. The garden is in use by the local neighbourdhood and neglected, but the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank cinbkk
Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

This is such a missed opportunity for the locals to have something truly amazing. With a bit of care and money, a restoration of the gardens and water features would very much enhance this experience. The structure is there, ready for it to happen. I...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank PeterD866
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

We wasted time wandering off to this Tourist attraction. The staff were friendly enough and we too paid €6 each. There was very little useful information about the history and what there was, was in Italian. We got more info from our guide book. Yes...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

A little of the beaten track, this building tells a remarkable story of how the Normans quickly adapted to a Mediterranean lifestyle of wine and dancers. The building itself was cleverly designed to be comfortable in the hottest weather, using many of the features that...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank grahamc785
Reviewed October 9, 2018

As my husband loves all things Arab we had to go there! Walking through the underside of Palermo to get there was pretty revolting, garbage everywhere, dog 'doo's' as well - but when you get here, its like a little haven of tranquility in a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gill N
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Luckily, we were staying nearby in an apartment we rented, not the best neighbourhood, but feels ok, to live near the locals, we found the palace, and we went in to visit, also try to visit the next door Capella from the S.S. Trinita, from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Temper43
Reviewed September 11, 2018

Spend your money somewhere else! It’s a nice building. The most beautiful part is free: the outer facade and the view on the castle from the garden. The exposition inside wasn’t worth the ticket and the posted information was >90% in Italian only. The terrace...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mortele
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

The place was beautiful once . ONCE! This one is empty , the most part of it is closed don't know why. The lushful gardens that existed are no more. The entrance fee for 6 euros was too expensive in order to see nothing. We...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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