The historic buildings
Palermo is a city, full of beautiful churches and monuments, but it is also rich in ancient noble residences of great historical-artistic value, which tell the story of those who lived there, their taste, their wealth; tell the story of Palermo.
Some of these palaces are still private residences, others have become museums or places for meetings, conferences and art, others have been abandoned in the region or in the municipality.
We make a small list of beautiful buildings that can be visited upon reservation.
Royal Palace or Royal Palace of the Normans
It rises in the oldest part of the city, above a Punic settlement. It is the seat of the Sicilian Regional Assembly. One of the most visited monuments in the city and the oldest royal residence in Europe. Inside the Palace we find a jewel of art! The Palatine Chapel defined by Guy de Maupassant as the most beautiful church in the world.
Palazzo Mirto – Hall of TapestriesPalazzo Mirto
A wonderful museum, which offers visitors as a precious informant on the “modus vivendi” and the lifestyle of the nobility of the time. Residence of the Filangeri, counts of San Marco and princes of Mirto
Palazzo_ValguarneraPalazzo Valguarnera Gangi
A noble palace still “alive”, an authentic jewel set in the heart of ancient Palermo and that for the great magnificence of its environments, for the integral preservation of the interior furnishings, and for its extraordinarily grandiose layout, can be considered one of the palaces most representative of the late Palermo Baroque.
The original factory, built in a purely oriental style, was built in masonry with wooden balconies in two orders, painted railings and covered with pavilion roofs. On the back of the Casina there is a lovely well-kept Italian garden, with hedges forming labyrinths, suggestive fountains and centuries-old trees.
Alliata Palace of Pietratagliata
An emblematic example of late-Gothic architecture, Palazzo Pietratagliata is one of the most important and most beautiful noble residences of the city’s architectural heritage, a majestic building full of history to which, over time, great artists and famous architects called to decorate and work have worked. , restore and furnish.
A true wonder that contains others inside, an architectural monument of great monumentality to the point that it is impossible not to notice the imposing and grandiose presence. Document of the Palermo noble culture of the past centuries.
Villino Florio at Olivuzza
In the Olivuzza building the inspiration of Basile is expressed in the originality of the architectural lines, in the decorative forms and in the structural elements that, taken from the late Middle Ages and from the late fourteenth-century Sicilian in this work are mixed with the purest of the Liberty language.
One of the most representative and beautiful late-Baroque mansions of Palermo, a noble palace located in the heart of the city, in the upper part of the Cassaro (the current Corso Vittorio Emanuele) at the corner of Via Pietro Novelli right in front of our beautiful Norman Cathedral.
The Chiaramonte Palace “Steri”
Palazzo Chiaramonte is the most solemn and splendid document of an art, which in Sicily for a very short season had precious bloom. Viceroyalty headquarters, of the Regia Curia, of the court of the Holy Office and finally home to judicial offices, today the palace is the seat of the university rectorate, one of the major cultural institutions of the city.
A splendid building of Gothic-Catalan architecture, with clear Renaissance influences located in today’s Via Garibaldi.
The property has preserved the beauty of the past in the internal decorations, in the period furnishings and in the floors with figurative scenes that this noble family preserves with great care
The grandiose palace, a veritable palace, stands in Via Butera in the heart of the ancient Kalsa district, on the site where the Emperor’s house, a family of illustrious patricians, senators and rulers, had been built at the beginning of the seventeenth century.
Palace of the Eagles
The “Palazzo Pretorio” also known as “Palazzo delle Aquile” or “Palazzo di Città” dates back to 1470.
Its main entrance is located in the most evocative and representative urban site of Palermo, in Piazza Pretoria, home of the homonymous and beautiful fountain, we find another entrance on the San Cataldo floor.
One of the most prestigious patrician residences in Palermo, a princely house that has always had a deep connection with our city, especially since the seventeenth century when it was the residence of the family of Don Placido Nicolò Branciforte and Lanza, Count of Raccuja and Prince of Leonforte, one of the major Sicilian feudal families.
Palazzo del Conte Federico
A few steps from the Cathedral and the Royal Palace is the ancient palace of the Counts Federico.
A palace full of charm where a mysterious atmosphere lingers. Inside the ancient walls of this house you can breathe the history of this magnificent city.