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“This is the place for rococo lovers. Viva Giacomo Serpotta.”

Oratorio di Santa Cita
Ranked #9 of 474 things to do in Palermo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This is a 17th-century chapel that has the absolutely amazing stuccowork of Giacomo Serpotta. This is the place for anybody who loves rococo and your visit should not be rushed. Just take your time in looking and studying the various scenes depicted on the walls around the chapel, such as the Battle of Lepanto at the entrance wall, with its cherubs apparently modelled from Palermo street urchins. There is much more to see, so just relax and enjoy the view. There is also a good gift shop.

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

Fantastic place - well worth a visit for all. Take your time to look at all the amazing details this chapel has. Not many visitors - so also quite peaceful.

Thank Charlotte N
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

I was very keen to visit the Oratoria di Santa Cita after watching the documentary series "Sicily Unpacked" where Art Historian, Andrew Graham-Dixon showed Italian Chef, Giorgio Locatelli here these stucco sculpture works by Giacomo Serpotta. I was not disappointed. The works are fascinating. There is so much detail to the work. It was excellent also to have the audio guide on ipad. As others have mentioned, it is not that easy to find. Our tickets also covered entry to the Rosario di San Domenico and we easily found that location first. Both are worth a visit but the Oratoria di Santa Cita was just wonderful. Perhaps would be helpful to read a little about Serpotta and his unique technique for the stucco scuptures first.

1  Thank Hetty52
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

This is one of three oratorios in Palermo, but this one is probably the finest. The walls are covered with stucco figures (that look like marble sculptures) from thought provoking to playful (cherubs especially). The work is by artist Giacomo Serpotta and is magnificent. Make sure that you see this when in Palermo.

Thank AntarcticBound
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

All of the accolades on Trip Advisor are true. This is one of the most amazing spaces in the city. The interior dazzles with brilliant stucco decorations. When you enter you will be handed a computer tablet with the price of admission, and this will point out the main features of the oratorio, so your appreciation will deepen. Definitely use it. The oratorio is very very difficult to find, because so many of the streets are unnamed. If you are walking along the Via Roma in downtown Palermo, the biggest building you will see is the Post Office. When you face the Post Office directly in the middle of the building, you should turn around 180 degrees and that street will be Via Valverde (it will not be labeled, or if it is, you won't find the sign). Walk down that street (it is really an alley). Within three street corners, the building will be on your left. You have to look out for a flight of stairs. Walk up the stairs into the building and go to the second floor, make a right, and it is down the corridor. It is absolutely worth the journey.

2  Thank JohnRegoPark
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