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  • Interlude Hotels & Resorts – Dream, Feel and Be Amazed

    written by Redazione Visit Italy

    Whether it is to visit the busy coastal cities of Palermo and Messina, two favourite haunts for cruise ships on the island of Sicily, Stagnone or taste Nubia’s red garlic, Interlude Hotels & Resorts is the answer. This group of hotels and... continue

  • Agriturismo Villa Sant'Andrea

    written by Italy Visit

    The beautiful farm house Villa Sant’Andrea is set in the green territory of Parco delle Madonie, a short ride from Palermo or Catania Airport in a 180 hectares wide park, of which 27 hectares are dedicated to olive groves. Infact, the most famous... continue

  • The Catacombs of the Capuchins

    written by Alexandra Evans

    The Catacombs of the Capuchins are found in the Capuchin convent adjoining the Church of Santa Maria della Pace. These are built on structures existing at the time. The tunnels were dug at the end of the sixteenth century and form a large... continue

  • Palazzo Sclafani

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The feudal lord Matteo Sclafani, Earl of Adernò, was in constant competition with his brother, who built Palazzo Chiaramonte.Sclafani's response to this was precisely to raise close to the Norman Palace the Scalfani Palace, in 1330. In 1435 he found... continue

  • The Basilica della Magione

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    Its official name is the Basilica of the Holy Trinity of the Chancellor but is commonly known as the Basilica della Magione. The church was founded, along with the Cistercian abbey, by Chancellor of the Kingdom Matthew Norman Ajello in 1191. Henry... continue

  • The Cathedral of Palermo

    written by Alexandra Evans

    We know with certainty that this place existed in the first Christian cathedral of the city in the fourth century, although we are not sure if today's church is something of this. In the ninth century with the arrival of the Saracens it was... continue

  • The Church of San Domenico

    written by Cedric Mills

    The first church was built in Renaissance style in the fifteenth century but it was rebuilt in the seventeenth century by the Dominican priest and Andrea Cirrincione, while the façade with two bell towers is even more recent, from the eighteenth... continue

  • The Botanical Garden

    written by Alexandra Evans

    The Botanical Garden was established in 1779 to accommodate a small garden. The goal was the cultivation of "simple" medicinal plants, useful to teaching and public health. Already in 1786 it was decided to transfer it to a more appropriate site,... continue

  • The Church of Santa Maria della Catena

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    Near Cala in Palermo we can find the Church of Santa Maria della Catena. The church owes its name to the long chain attached to its outer wall that blocks access to the ancient port of Palermo. Here there was already a small chapel in the fifteenth... continue

  • The Chinese mansion

    written by Cedric Mills

    The first building was built by Advocate Benedetto Lombardo in Chinese-style wood. Ferdinand de Bourbon had bought this land together with neighbours and had it rebuilt by the architect Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia in 1799. He kept the... continue

  • St John of the Hermits

    written by Alexandra Evans

    The Church of St. John of the Hermits is a symbol of the city of Palermo and it is an episode of its rich repertoire of architecture. Its red domes that give an impression of the East are perhaps the best known of the city. Although today it is... continue

  • Bourbon Arsenal and the Sea Museum

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The Maritime Museum of Palermo, opened in 1997, is housed in the Arsenale. The Arsenal was built by the architect Mariano Palermo Smiriglio in just nine years, between 1621 and 1630 and was finished by the viceroy Francisco Fernández de la Cueva,... continue

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