We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Il Castello della Zisa

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (402)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“arab”(10 reviews)
“normans”(5 reviews)
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.
Open Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Piazza Guglielmo il Buono, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 652 0269
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Palermo
from US$20.14
More Info
from US$5.80
More Info
from US$40.70
More Info
from US$60.40
More Info
Reviews (481)
Filter reviews
63 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews a bit off the beaten path arab normans lifestyle mosaics restoration masterpiece beauty tiles
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 63 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wasted time wandering off to this Tourist attraction. The staff were friendly enough and we too paid €6 each. There was very little useful information about the history and what there was, was in Italian. We got more info from our guide book. Yes...More

Thank FranC706
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

A little of the beaten track, this building tells a remarkable story of how the Normans quickly adapted to a Mediterranean lifestyle of wine and dancers. The building itself was cleverly designed to be comfortable in the hottest weather, using many of the features that...More

Thank grahamc785
Reviewed 9 October 2018

As my husband loves all things Arab we had to go there! Walking through the underside of Palermo to get there was pretty revolting, garbage everywhere, dog 'doo's' as well - but when you get here, its like a little haven of tranquility in a...More

Thank Gill N
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Luckily, we were staying nearby in an apartment we rented, not the best neighbourhood, but feels ok, to live near the locals, we found the palace, and we went in to visit, also try to visit the next door Capella from the S.S. Trinita, from...More

Thank Temper43
Reviewed 11 September 2018

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

1  Thank Edo A
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.

Thank FirstTimeRoma
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.

Thank Douglas645
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 1,222 nearby hotels
Best Western Ai Cavalieri Hotel
505 reviews
.97 km away
Rainbow Hotel
155 reviews
1.08 km away
Casa Riccio
67 reviews
1.09 km away
Hotel Principe di Villafranca
403 reviews
1.24 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 16,448 nearby restaurants
Trattoria ai Cascinari
2,409 reviews
.42 km away
Stuzzicherie di mare
367 reviews
.03 km away
I Manciatari
518 reviews
.41 km away
Il Vecchio Cortile
563 reviews
.35 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 6,961 nearby attractions
Villino Florio
79 reviews
.34 km away
Catacombe dei Cappuccini
3,400 reviews
.73 km away
Villa Malfitano
107 reviews
.67 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Il Castello della Zisa staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines