Palazzo Conte Federico
Palazzo Conte Federico
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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The palazzo is in the center of the old city only a few steps away from the Norman Palace. the Cathedral and the Market Ballarò. The oldest part of the palace is an Arab-Norman Tower of the 12th century. You can observe verious architectural styles, high painted ceilings of the 15th century, baroque ceiling frescoes by Vito D'Anna and Gaspare Serenario, various collections and original furniture. Since Count Federico's family, which can be followed back to the Hohenstaufen Emperor Friedrich II, has lived in this palace for centuries, the personal atmosphere makes a visit to this historical building a unique experience.
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  • advisorj
    393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Stop, Tricky to Find
    Great house tour with insights into the aristocratic life from an actual aristocrat. Unique experience. Came to the house from the Cathedral area and it was a little tricky until we saw signs for it. Allow time to get there as our taxi dropped us off pretty far away.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2023
  • CheshireDancingqueen
    Nantwich, United Kingdom994 contributions
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    An absolute must when in Palermo
    This really is one if not the best tourist attraction we have visited. Although ‘tourist attraction’ doesn’t do it justice, the Palazzo is so much more. We were a small group guided around the house by one of the sons of Conte Federico, this was such a personal experience and allowed us a glimpse of their family home, rooms of which are still used today. We felt very privileged to be allowed to look at the family photos. The rooms are stunning, the ‘hobby’ rooms of his parents filled with pictures, medals, trophies and stories. There are steps up to the tower which houses the kitchen and entertainment room, such a spectacular space, it is worth the climb just to try to lift up one of saucepans! Maya the cat was also a star, barely lifting her head to acknowledge visitors however still receptive to a fuss and a little stroke as we passed by. This is not a museum, you are being taken around a home with a member of the family. We felt honoured to be there. An absolute must.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Ros0604
    London, United Kingdom291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A joy to visit
    This was a fascinating visit - really interesting history and building, filled with lovely things. Excellent tour. Wonderful that it is still a home, lived in and loved. Highly recommend this visit. Allow time to find it - fairly neat the cathedral but in the backstreets
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
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jackiera1
Raleigh, NC41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Nicholas gave us an awesome tour of his palace. Yes, they do live there! The history was very interesting. Seeing this palace was a highlight on our trip. I booked this tour based on other reviews. We were on a cruise and Palermo was one of our stops. We booked our tour directly through them. They responded quickly.
Written January 3, 2020
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Ros0604
London, UK291 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
This was a fascinating visit - really interesting history and building, filled with lovely things. Excellent tour. Wonderful that it is still a home, lived in and loved. Highly recommend this visit. Allow time to find it - fairly neat the cathedral but in the backstreets
Written September 23, 2023
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advisorj
washington, dc393 contributions
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May 2023 • Couples
Great house tour with insights into the aristocratic life from an actual aristocrat. Unique experience. Came to the house from the Cathedral area and it was a little tricky until we saw signs for it. Allow time to get there as our taxi dropped us off pretty far away.
Written May 18, 2023
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,871 contributions
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Oct 2019 • Friends
Wonderful Palermo, the capital of Sicily Island, with a great history, art and culture. Palazzo Conte Federico it's very interesting to visit.
Written October 9, 2019
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caponcapon2001
Elk Grove Village, IL5 contributions
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Dec 2019
YOU MUST GO TO THIS PLACE. I landed in Palermo a total tourist, with no notion of what to see. Luckily, I stumbled across a sign to the Palazzo Conte Federico, and came across a nice young man, standing next to a red racing car. I had no idea what the hell a palazzo was, but decided to give the tour a chance, it was the last one of the day, and they were closed the next day (my only other chance to go, as my stay in Palermo was super short.)

First off, you have to understand that a family member gives you a tour of this historical masterpiece hidden in the center of Palermo. Formed around a former Arab watchtower (which you get to see because it’s INSIDE THE GODDAMNED PALAZZO), the palazzo is hundred of years old. It’s incredible family held hosts to people such as Garibaldi, Wagner and Bellini. Each room is filled with treasures from over 400 years of family heirlooms and treasures.

The current owner is an 80 year old Italian sportscar driver, and the contessa - a soprano. I got a tour from one of her sons, who looks like a musular Ronan Farrow, and has a sense of class, style and self-respect that is completely foreign to most Americans. He tells stories of each rooms, about the frescoes, the paintings, the weapons - everything. It is easily the best thing I did in Palermo, and I went to the Archeological musum, a puppet show, the tour of the main theatre (terrible - the guides there seem to hate tourists, and vaguely show you a room, tell you something you could wikipedia, and then hastily escort you out), the Cathedral, the Palace and the markets. If you do one thing in Palermo - this is it!
Written December 15, 2019
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Peter M
Weymouth, UK462 contributions
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Oct 2019
Hidden behind an unassuming facade built into the old walls of the city of Palermo is this absolute gem of a visit. It is not everyday that you are ‘met’ at at small courtyard by a bright red 1935 Fiat 508 vintage car of Targa Floria fame, owned and driven by the Count himself who is the owner of the property.

On this occasion we were given a thorough tour of this fascinating house, built around a 12th century Arab-Norman tower, by the charming and very lovely Countess herself who regaled us with delightful stories of the family life in the house. The entire tour was conducted at a very private level of fascinating detail and the furnishings of the entire house reflects museum-like insights into the hundreds of years that the Count’s family has lived here.

A totally fascinating visit and thoroughly to be recommended! ‘Don’t miss this!’
Written October 14, 2019
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Ana Paula R
Barcelona, Spain2 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Friends
We took a guided tour with great family member that owns the Palazzo and our guide was an enthusiastic and very informative.

The tour lasts an hour, and inspects many different spaces with precious objects and In each, the guide described the history of the space and the personalities who lived there over the time Italy itself history and Sicily heart all with a commentary laced with humour. 

Some very interesting sites to see, and fascinating stories to hear— loved it!
Written July 19, 2019
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Jul 2018 • Couples
We turned up not knowing what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. We had a tour with a family member Andrea who’s family still lives in the palazzo. He took us through the building history and his family history which is all linked to some major events in Italy, the unification of Italy, free masons, etc. The tour included architecture, art, history it had it all.
Written July 7, 2018
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carlwiegandt
London, UK2 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Couples
Our visit started with a very warm greeting from the young lady (with a broken foot) at the entrance who spoke with us in English and Italian. She was extremely charming and full of facts and information. Count Federico took over and gave my companion and I his utmost attention and regaled us with wonderful stories of his house, ancestors and his racing car days. He's utterly charming and unhurried. We were even allowed a sneaky peak at his private office. The palace itself is a wonder, full of unusual architectural details. The young lady at the entrance gave us a map with her recommendations for places to eat and drink which turned out to be as wonderful as the visit to the palace. It's not to be missed. Highly recommended.
Written October 4, 2017
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bachilydia
Baabdat, Lebanon3 contributions
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Our visit to the Palazzo last Thursday was a real treat and a welcome break from our walk. The Contessa Christina is a charming hostess and gave us not only a very full account of the history of the Palazzo and the Federico family but also the dramatic and amusing account of how she and her husband met!

We learned much about Palermo history and how people used to live and the
visit finished with a lovely cocktail consisting of Sicilian wines and canapés.

Altogether a unique experience and not to be missed!
Written September 21, 2016
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