Il Castello della Zisa
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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TJAOAK
Oakland, CA23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Even if I lived in Palermo I would probably not ever visit Zisa Palace. I can't recall what misinformation I read that led me to believe that it would be worthwhile but I want to forewarn others to avoid the same fate. Only art historians researching EVERY example of Arab-Norman architecture need to visit. The one solace I take is my €6 entrance fee will go towards the eventual reconstruction of this building. Next time I'm in Palermo I'll skip the visit and give them a donation online.
Written 10 May 2024
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Jeremy
London, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Interesting place to visit but disappointed all the information was only I Italian. Could only gather what the rooms were about by photographing the Italian text and using google translate which used up all my battery.
Written 31 December 2023
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Emer
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The fountain room was under construction which we were not told. The rest had been reconstructed to be a modern building that looked more like an empty art gallery. No context regarding any of the rooms. Boring. The best bit were the cute cats outside. The bathroom was gross.
The ticket we bought on trip adviser was for 18.30 pm and we were told on arrival that the palace closes at 18.30!!
Written 23 August 2023
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DustinWil
Auckland, New Zealand12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The Zisa is a very interesting example of Norman-Arab architecture and decoration. But it has had to be extensively restored, plus the “fountain room” on the ground floor is closed for restoration and without that the visit is rather ho-hum. Also it’s a shame the gardens in front of the structure, relandscaped several years ago, have been let go.
Written 15 May 2023
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,262 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The mane "Zisa" comes from the Arabic al-ʿAzīza, or "the splendid one". This palace was built out of the city walls, in a royal park, starting from 1165. It was completed around the end of the 12th century, and it was not modified until the 17th century.

Some bold modifications were applied during the 17th-18th centuries. Partial abandonment of the palace followed, leading to a partial collapse in 1971. A reconstruction followed, and since 1991 the Zisa Palace is home to the Museum of Islamic Art: a few objects can be seen in the different rooms.

A very beautiful room is the Fountain Room, on the ground floor of the structure. This room is also ornate with muqarnas.

The palace is immersed in a nice garden, which is home to several friendly cats.
Written 4 December 2022
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miss_maya
50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
This was the hidden gem for me, it is located outside the city centre but worth to go up to. I was there a bit after opening and it was still very quiet.
Written 4 February 2022
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Beautiful castle and garden that comes with it. You need a ticket for the castle, where you can enjoy the magnificent ceilings of Arab inspiration.
Written 6 October 2020
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Ahj
Audley, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
No information was in English, we had no idea what we were looking at. A staff member followed us at a distance which made is feel watched and uncomfortable.
At six euros a ticket, it's a complete waste, and can very much be admired from the outside.
Written 17 July 2020
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,443 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
Surely this castle should not be among the first things to visit in Palermo, but if you have some more time, it is well worth a visit. The building is special and thre is one room with mosaics which is stunning. Good to find with google maps. Area around it is bit depressing.
Written 29 October 2019
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Jacqui P
Brisbane Region, Australia60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We arrived and asked for an English audio guide. We were asked for some form of ID that could be retained by admission staff to ensure its return. When we offered our passports we were told that we couldn’t leave them as they were too important, as was everything else we offered. Not knowing what else we could provide we had to do the tour without information and nothing was in English. It was very disappointing as many of the artefacts looked very interesting. Surely, they could’ve collected the headsets as you left?
Written 12 October 2019
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