Palazzo Conte Federico

Palazzo Conte Federico, Palermo: Hours, Address, Palazzo Conte Federico Reviews: 5/5

Palazzo Conte Federico
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
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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Donna S
Benidorm, Spain4 contributions
Jul 2020
We visited the palazzo after being invited in to look at the racing car initially. Booked the tour for 6 ladies, it was the best spent €10 each.
We were shown around the family who was very knowledgeable about the history of the house , a real real hidden gem.
If you’re interested in the Grand Prix this Is an absolute must, as a family winner back in the day

This was one of the highlights of our trip 😄
Written July 12, 2020
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Booklover555
Stuttgart, Germany19 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
Hands-down the best historical house tour I’ve been on, and I’ve done many! The Palazzo is extraordinarily beautiful and well-maintained. Especially fantastic is the peek of the old painted ceilings.

The tour includes both historic details and personal details about the family. My tour guide was the younger son and the older son sold my ticket. Both were very friendly, unassuming, and warm. I really enjoyed the tour. If you are in Sicily, make a trip to Palermo and see the Palazzo!
Written September 6, 2020
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jackiera1
Raleigh, NC33 contributions
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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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,861 contributions
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
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
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
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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default1606201823
11 contributions
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
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
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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