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Oratorio di Santa Cita
Ranked #8 of 329 things to do in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2013

the architect Serpotta was a Genius!
the white plaster designs are unique.
in the centre of town and very well kept.
not to be missed.

Visited April 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Even better than expected!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

We had seen the Oratory on television some months before visiting Palermo and had been looking forward to visiting it. In fact, it was even better than we had expected. It is very much off the beaten track and took a bit of finding. From the outside it doesn't look anything special - however, inside it is spectacular and well worth the entrance fee. The walls are absolutely covered in stucco - the longer you look at them, the more detail you notice. The cherubs for which it is famed are beautiful but many of the other sculptures are equally lovely - the Biblical scenes are very detailed and have wonderful perspective.

THe Oratory is quite small - we were lucky that we visited in March when there were few tourists and so were able to see everything very well. If you go during peak tourist season I would recommend visiting early to avoid the crowds.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank steveR11_11
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Aubonne, Switzerland
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80 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“nothing special”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

It's a lot like any overdone oratorio, but on the rear wall there's an interesting 3D plaster recreation of the Battle of Lepanto of 1571.

Visited December 2012
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Bedoin, France
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91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“If you do only 1 thing in Palermo!”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

No matter how short your visit to Palermo, don't miss a visit to this breathtaking little Oratorio. It is in a cluster of 6 others, all a short walk from each other but this is truly the jewel in the crown.

Visited November 2012
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64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“An unexpected discovery”
Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

While visiting the very beautiful Oratorio di Santa Zita (Cita), I heard some wonderful operatic music coming from somewhere. At first, I thought it was someone playing opera at high-volume. I followed the sound down to the salon, located at street level of the Oratorio. There I found a tenor opera singer, accompanied by a pianist, singing his heart out. I entered the salon and took a seat. A few minutes later, a young woman approached me. She told me that the duo was practicing for a concert that night. The music was wonderful, so I told her I would return. It turns out that the program is called Palermo Salotto Musicale, concertIncontri (Concerts and Get-togethers), an organization dedicated to promoting young musicians. That evening's concert, which consisted of a series of famous arias taken from a dozen lyric operas, among them Cavelleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Tosca and Carmen, was thrilling. The singing of young tenor Alessandro Moccia, accompanied by the talented young pianist Paolo Gurrera, was magical, and the price, a mere €5, was a gift. The autumn series runs eekly through December 15. Not to be missed if you are in Palermo. So nice to see these old spaces come alive again!

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