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Monte Pellegrino
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Private Tour: Palermo Sailing Trip
Ranked #21 of 437 things to do in Palermo
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

The highlight of this site is the sanctuary at the summit devoted to Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint. Unusual in that is actually built directly into the cliffs of the mountain, the sanctuary and its history are extensively described. It is an impressive sight not just for its unusual construction but also for its meaning to the devoted. The views of Palermo from the summit and the road are superb and the mountain is definitely a place not to miss.

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

You really can't go to Palermo and not visit the cave grotto where the bones of Palermo's patron saint, Saint Rosalia, were discovered and where, subsequently, Rosalia delivered Palermo from the plague in the early 1600s. You can take the bus 812 from the street just along the north flank of the Teatro Politeama. But it doesn't run that often, every hour weekdays, so you might have to be patient. But the bus takes you on a great ride all along Monte Pellegrino's heights--not for those with vertigo--before it drops you off right at the foot of the steps to the grotto. Easy climb. It's an amazing religious site that no visitor to Palermo should miss. You'll have time to kill before the bus comes around to fetch you again so go to the Bar/Trattoria Costantino with the red chairs. They speak English and there's a timetable for the bus taped to the window outside. Enjoy a cappuccino and a Panini in the shade.

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Emotional trip in a bus on a really narrow road! A big shame there is no information how to found path going on a top of the mountain from a last bus stop. But if you are lucky enough to found it you'll see a great views on a city and sea.

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

It took about 1 hour to walk up (slowly), amazing church inside a cave at the top and beautiful views. Useful that we had a local with us to tell the history.

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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Local Palermitana come here once a year as a pilgrimage to Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Palermo. The trip here especially in the evening is rather breathtaking with all those shimmering lights below. It takes a while to get up there and that's when you have a realisation the amount of distance that local people need to cover to get up to the Church above the Hill. The Church inside is rather unique in a sense that it's encroaching upon the cliff and so, natural caves are incorporated into the formation of the Church. What would intrigue you even more is that zigzag steel structures above the roof ceiling, which is not really human made roof but cave ceiling. Originally, I thought that it's for structural support but no, it's to gather water which would end up in a container, where it would be blessed & becoming sacred water! Now, when you blink, you would miss an entry into a hall to pay homage to St. Benedict the Moor. There's this debate that he's meant to be the patron Saint of Palermo but being a black (thus, the name, Moor), he was overlooked and being replaced by Saint Rosalia, who's a young beautiful white woman originated from a noble Norman family. She's been said to have stopped the plague in Palermo and thus, she's revered. Anyway, the jury is out there and the priests who work there would dispute such a claim with you but an interesting debate would almost make it a fulfilling day out. For something extraordinary, perhaps, this is a trip worth having.

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