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“Magnificent!”

Palazzo dei Normanni e Cappella Palatina
Ranked #17 of 456 things to do in Palermo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The main entrance is located in Piazza Parlamento, the driveway and the entrance for tourists are in Piazza Indipendenza.
In August 2012 the area in front of the main entrance was under restoration and looked very sad, so I didn't immediately recognize it. There was no garden-beds, no trees. The fountain was in scaffolding.
But inside the palace is very beautiful. Especially in the Palatine Chapel.
There is a fixed number of people allowed in the halls of the Palace.
Once we waited about 30 minutes to get into one of the rooms.
Overall my impression of the visit is very good.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The chapelle palatinate was magnificent, the palace an odd mix of styles and functions. The palace tour is in Italian, with around 30 Italian words translated by the English guide into around 5, interesting if you like Norman / Italian history, otherwise more of a jolly to pass the time, and say you've been. Well worth reading up before hand so you can look out for the details, rather than risking missing them

Thank Jon S
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Even if you are not an Art History geek, the Mosaics and architecture of this 12th century building are fascinating

Thank sledxl
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Capella Palatina is almost better than Ravenna. The Palazzo a bit disappointing - we couldn't see all of it because it was partially closed.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Who had that terrible idea to put machines in which you have to put your ticket getting in AND out the place? That said, the Palazzo is a chef-d'oeuvre of architecture, even if i preferred Monreale.

Thank greggg
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