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Il Castello della Zisa

Piazza Guglielmo il Buono, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 652 0269
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This 12th-century palace features elaborate arches along the front façade and the “Fountain Room,” which is the castle’s main reception area that reaches two-stories in height.
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Piazza Guglielmo il Buono, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 652 0269

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. The Zisa reopened today after being struck by lightening last week. There are a lot of stairs. Staff friendly. Once inside all the boards are in Italian, which fortunately we could read. Lovely building, but only go if you like history.

Thank Douglas645
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I tried to visit this place today around 1pm. Finally I have found a gate (which wasn't easy), that was open and I entered the garden. Some two gentlemen started to call to me rudely in italian showing me the direction of the gate. One...More

Thank smyk90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A UNESCO site? Maybe for the ancient engineering, but it's really just a brick 3 story building with large empty rooms on each floor with explanations of the dusty amphorae only in Italian. Not worth the long walk from town center to get there or...More

Thank Toby1954
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The castle is a bit off the beaten path of the historic center, but it's well worth the hike. The restoration is astute, authentic details are vivid and a visit there would leave a lasting impression

Thank Brian_Kaye1958
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

A huge lump of Castle squatting in the middle of Palermo. You get to visit two levels (missing the top two), but that's still 75 steps. It has a simple layout with displays of 'finds'? inside various rooms. All signage is only in Italian &...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 24 April 2017

We loved being in the gardens in front of the palace. Both the garden and the palace were abandoned but they is being restored. The facade is impressive, with a room with water fountains and mosaics which is the most beautiful part of the palace....More

Thank David M
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Quiet boring. Although it could be more interesting due to its history and architectural style. The site is very poorly managed. Located outside both historical and new centre. The front fence type of thing is a public toilet for local thugs, I bet. Stinks from...More

Thank Aaron N
Reviewed 26 March 2017

If you`re into architecture, then there were a few interesting features (ornate Arab style mouldings similar to those in the Palatine Chapel) but otherwise, the inside had undergone extensive reconstruction (using bricks) and there was little else of interest........something to do for an hour if...More

Thank TheWuffler
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We were hoping for a hidden gem but sadly everything here is not maintained-ponds and fountains all left in a sad state. What a shame.

Thank ClareofTralee
Reviewed 9 March 2017

An interesting place to visit possibly but you would never know as there is zero information. A lot of people pointing to the stairs up and down but no information on what the castle was once used for, what the remaining artefacts are or what...More

Thank belladipapa
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