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  • 1. La Martorana

    Quattro Canti | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One piazza over from the dancing nymphs of Fontana Pretoria, this church, with its elegant Norman campanile, was erected in 1143 but had its...Read More

  • 2. Catacombe dei Cappuccini

    Near Palazzo Reale | Cemetery

    The spookiest sight in all of Sicily, this 16th-century catacomb houses nearly 9,000 corpses of men, women, and young children—some in tombs...Read More

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  • 3. Cattedrale

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This church is a lesson in Palermitano eclecticism—originally Norman (1182), then Catalan Gothic (14th to 15th century), then fitted out with...Read More

  • 4. Chiesa del Gesù

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It is more than worth the short detour from the lively Ballarò Market to step into the serene Baroque perfection of Chiesa del Gesù (Church...Read More

  • 5. Museo Archeologico Regionale Salinas

    Olivella | Museum/Gallery

    This archaeology museum is the oldest public museum in Sicily, with a small but excellent collection, including a marvelously reconstructed...Read More

  • 6. Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino

    Kalsa | Museum/Gallery

    This collection of more than 4,000 masterpieces showcasing the traditional Opera dei Pupi (puppet show), both Sicilian and otherwise, will delight...Read More

  • 7. Palazzo Abatellis

    Kalsa | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in this late-15th-century Catalan Gothic palace with Renaissance elements is the Galleria Regionale. Among its treasures are the Annunciation...Read More

  • 8. Palazzo Reale

    Albergheria | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This historic palace, also called Palazzo dei Normanni (Norman Palace), was the seat of Sicily's semiautonomous rulers for centuries; the building...Read More

  • 9. Piazza Pretoria

    Quattro Canti | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The square's centerpiece, a lavishly decorated fountain with 500 separate pieces of sculpture and an abundance of nude figures, so shocked some...Read More

  • 10. Quattro Canti


    The Four Corners is the decorated intersection of two main thoroughfares: Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda. Four rather exhaust-blackened...Read More

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  • 11. San Cataldo

    Kalsa | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Three striking Saracenic scarlet domes mark this church, built in 1154 during the Norman occupation of Palermo. The church now belongs to the...Read More

  • 12. San Giovanni degli Eremiti

    Albergheria | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Distinguished by its five reddish-orange domes and stripped-clean stone interior, this 12th-century church was built by the Normans on the site...Read More

  • 13. Santa Caterina

    Quattro Canti | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The walls of this splendid Baroque church (1596) in Piazza Bellini are covered with extremely impressive decorative 17th-century inlays of precious...Read More

  • 14. Teatro Massimo

    Olivella | Arts/Performance Venue

    Construction of this formidable Neoclassical theater, the largest in Italy, was started in 1875 by Giovanni Battista Basile and completed by...Read More

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