Church of S. Dominic

Just a few years after the papal definitive consent to the Order of Preachers by Honorius III in 1216, a congregation of Dominican friars (as they are commonly called from the founder’s name, Saint Dominic de Guzman) established itself in Sicily, and at the beginning of the 14th century started to build a church and a […]

Church of S. Giuseppe ai Teatini

The Church of San Giuseppe dei Teatini is one of the most impressive examples of the baroque style in the churches of Palermo. After the creation of the Strada Nuova, the new broad street opened by order of the Viceroy duke of Maqueda in 1600, the crossroad between this street and the Cassaro was the […]

Royal Palace (Palazzo dei Normanni)

This is the place of the first urban settlement that will later become the city of Palermo. The earliest remains of structures are parts of the Punic city walls discovered during recent archaeological explorations under the “Duke of Montalto halls” (Sale Duca di Montalto), and now visitable. During the 9th century, the Fatimid emirs placed […]

Teatro Massimo

The Teatro Massimo, meaning “greatest theatre” and officially dedicated to the King of Italy Victor Emmanuel II, is the biggest theatre in Italy and the third largest opera house in Europe, and it is one of the focal points of the city. It is in the middle of the beautiful Verdi Square, a big area […]

San Cataldo church

S. Cataldo’s Church has been built near the ancient walls of the city in 1154 (during the reign of king William I) and it has been named after Saint Cataldus, bishop of Taranto, probably by choice of the Great Admiral Maio of Bari. It is situated in Piazza Bellini and it is in an elevated […]