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Il Castello della Zisa

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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 2 weeks ago

Spend your money somewhere else! It’s a nice building. The most beautiful part is free: the outer facade and the view on the castle from the garden. The exposition inside wasn’t worth the ticket and the posted information was >90% in Italian only. The terrace...More

Thank Mortele
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

The place was beautiful once . ONCE! This one is empty , the most part of it is closed don't know why. The lushful gardens that existed are no more. The entrance fee for 6 euros was too expensive in order to see nothing. We...More

Thank tsyxoulaki
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Neglected, derelict, empty inside, with only Italian text on exhibits. Palermo shows utter indifference to its own treasures. I can only speculate where the entry fee ends. Felt like visiting the place in the 80’s! But the palace architecturally is well worth the visit, despite...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

I loved this place, although was a bit complicated to reach, considering the lack of clear directions and the neighborhood. The palace was very well kept and, although the information were mostly in italian, the beauty of the place overcame all these flaws.

Thank VincenzaL2
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Save your six euros for a beer. From the dead fountains full of green scum to the robot ticket lady...a bust. More like a three story prison than a royal palace, it shows what happens when you have no money to run a place correctly.

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 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.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 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 22 October 2017

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

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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

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