Palazzo Dei NormanniCurrently Closed
- Address: Piazza Indipendenza, 1, 90129 Palermo, Italy
- Timings: 08:15 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-0916262833
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Plaza, Family And Kids, Architecture , Neighborhoods , Heritage Building
Palazzo Dei Normanni - Review
Built in the 12th century by William II, this Norman castle is famed to be one of the most superlative Arab-Norman structures around the globe. Worth admiring for the visitors are the magnificent Mosaics, Roof done in wood which is designed and painted intricately, marble work and other remains of the Catalan times.
Today, it stands as the regional parliament of Sicily.
Palazzo Dei Normanni Information
- The place is closed during mass.
- Maintain peace at all times.
How To reach Palazzo Dei Normanni by Public Transport
- Foot, rented car, bus no 109, 234, 246, 122, 225
Restaurants Near Palazzo Dei Normanni
- Al Casato dei Ventimiglia
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Things to Know Before Visiting Palazzo Dei Normanni
93.14% of people who visit Palermo include Palazzo Dei Normanni in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
87.9% of people start their Palazzo Dei Normanni visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Palazzo Dei Normanni
94.05% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Palazzo Dei Normanni
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Palazzo Dei Normanni, Palermo Reviews
It is one of the highlights of any trip to Palermo according to the guidebooks. And indeed the Chappel is rather extraordinary. However, the rest of the palace is of little interest. More importantly, the place is NOT very tourist friendly - changing opening times, huge queues to buy tickets and then AGAIN for security - a lot can still be done to make the whole visit more agreeable for everyone.
The Chapel is just amazing. Keep in mind that the entrance with no extras is 8.50 euros, if they charge more it means that they are adding extra visits which might not be worth at all. You need to go down the stairs to the garden to find the ticket office, so don't just line up into the huge queue of the entrance.
A historical gem! Important! The opening times vary according to the season. We went on a Sunday and the entrance to the palace closed at 13:00. At the suggestion of our B&B hosts we went to the Palace. It is definitely a beautiful experience. When we first got there, the Capella wasn't open to the public due to mass service. We waited fpr about 30 min and then got to see it. It was worth the wait. We decided to start at the highest floor where the Sicilian Parliament takes sit. Quite a moving experience. As you get in, read through the boards. One of them is a reminder of the memory of a politician who died at t he hands of Mafia. A clear reminder that democracy is a precious good and we ought to continue fighting for it. Then go on to the gem of the crown: THE Capella. Adorned with golden mosaics depicting devotion and history. When you finally get in make sure to look up and search for corners and details, it's easy to get lost as one is pushed to continue walking. My absolute favourite moment was when I realized that different religious beliefs had their place right next to each other. One can see that peace, tolerance and harmony ARE possible, if only we put effort to it.
Lovely courtyard to be seen from the 1st floor together with wall paintings. Are you ready for Christian Orthodox Church decoration intermingled with geometric designs in the tiling. Gold everywhere. Really OTT. Not to be missed. However, if you go on a summer's morning you will be asked to queue for security outside in the sun with no cover. When allowed in to the non air-conditioned reception you will be allowed to queue again for 15 minutes before being allowed in. This is after having queued for 15/20mins at the ticket office beforehand 100m away from the entrance. One has to suffer for art.
Terrible experience. Tour groups have made this place impossible to see anything, and the queues are unreal. Unless you are part of a tour just skip it, or you'll be hanging around for hours while tour groups get priority and you just get pushed around. Im sure there are lots of interesting things to see, but we didnt get to see any of them. Queued for ever to get tickets, while the people 'working' in the ticket booth worked comically slowly. Queued to go through security where there was lots of shoving and security guards with a massively inflated sense of importance. Then we tried to queue to see the mosaics but due to several massive tour groups with their little headsets on, we waited for a while, tried to get in around the tour groups as they were waiting to get in on mass only, got shouted at by the ineffectual people working there, and sacked it off. Others also not in tour groups had the same problems. Badly organised, badly run - they just want your money and do not have the slightest interest in making it possible for you to see anything, unless you are in 100 strong tour group.