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“Beautiful Story and Such a beautiful grotto”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Monte Pellegrino

Monte Pellegrino
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Private Tour: Palermo Sailing Trip
Ranked #16 of 323 things to do in Palermo
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful Story and Such a beautiful grotto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

Loved this short excursion and a beautiful story and grotto. Definitely makes you think how the world turns and the beauty of the simple plesures of life.

Visited July 2014
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

It's a pilgrimage that all sicilians do each year to pay their respect for the patron saint of Palermo. Be prepared to walk up a few flight of steps to get to the church, once inside the grotto is small and may be crowded on weekends.

Visited June 2014
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“Relief from the heat”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

4 degrees cooler than the city, good views, but the sanctuary has its market stalls selling tat nearby, so rather detracted from the visit.

Visited June 2014
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Farmington, CT
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“Unusual Sight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

The highlight of this site is the sanctuary at the summit devoted to Santa Rosalia, Palermo's patron saint. Unusual in that is actually built directly into the cliffs of the mountain, the sanctuary and its history are extensively described. It is an impressive sight not just for its unusual construction but also for its meaning to the devoted. The views of Palermo from the summit and the road are superb and the mountain is definitely a place not to miss.

Visited May 2014
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“Grotto of Saint Rosalia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

You really can't go to Palermo and not visit the cave grotto where the bones of Palermo's patron saint, Saint Rosalia, were discovered and where, subsequently, Rosalia delivered Palermo from the plague in the early 1600s. You can take the bus 812 from the street just along the north flank of the Teatro Politeama. But it doesn't run that often, every hour weekdays, so you might have to be patient. But the bus takes you on a great ride all along Monte Pellegrino's heights--not for those with vertigo--before it drops you off right at the foot of the steps to the grotto. Easy climb. It's an amazing religious site that no visitor to Palermo should miss. You'll have time to kill before the bus comes around to fetch you again so go to the Bar/Trattoria Costantino with the red chairs. They speak English and there's a timetable for the bus taped to the window outside. Enjoy a cappuccino and a Panini in the shade.

Visited May 2014
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