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Zisa Castle (Castello della Zisa)

Zisa Castle (Castello della Zisa)

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Zisa Castle (Castello della Zisa) is yet another remnant of Moorish reign in Sicily. The Norman castle was built in the 12th century, and it’s worth a visit although the interior has long since been cleared of its original decoration.

The palace of La Zisa was originally designed as part of an extensive park that served as a royal summer retreat. The grounds were stocked with wild animals (and fenced), giving the royals something to hunt. The park, known as the Genoard, also included another Norman-era palace that still stands in Palermo, La Cuba.

There were architectural alterations made in the 14th century, and by the 16th century the building had fallen into disrepair - it was even being used to store items contaminated with the plague. In the 1970s, city officials in Palermo acquired and began to restore La Zisa, a project that took more than 20 years. Today, the palace houses a Museum of Islamic Art on the second floor. The most impressive room is called the “Fountain Room,” a two-storey chamber into which you enter from the main doors, which contains some of its original Moorish decorations.

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Sun-Mon 9am-1:30pm, Tue-Sat 9am-7pm
Piazza Zisa, Palermo, 90135

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Zisa Palace Palermo Entrance Ticket

Zisa Palace Palermo Entrance Ticket

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Discover the architectural beauty of the Zisa Palace in Sicily with this entrance ticket. Learn about the palace’s history including how it was built in the 12th century by Arabian craftsmen. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palermo at your own pace and see the connection between Sicily and Islamic culture.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Tour Unusual Sicily 3 days

Private Tour Unusual Sicily 3 days

3-day western Sicily minitour to explore an alternative Sicily with new routes Tour included hostess escort in Italian or English
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  • 3 days
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Palermo city half day tour

Palermo city half day tour

The tour was organized to admire the beauties of the historic center of Palermo with its marvelous Cathedral, Castello della Zisa and the renowned Capuchin Catacombs. Finally stop at Porta Carbone with street food tasting (Panelle, Crocchè Panino con Milza)
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Palermo & Monreale Historical Tour

Private Palermo & Monreale Historical Tour

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Palermo is rich in historic and cultural treasures, but getting around the city and nearby Monreale with public transportation can be stressful and time consuming. Save hours by exploring with a private driver, skipping the hassle of crowded buses and trains and taking in highlights like the Norman palace, Zisa Castle, and Ballarò and Vucciria markets in just hours. Afterwards, set off to nearby Monreale to admire its magnificent cathedral.
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  • 7 hours
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Zisa Castle (Castello della Zisa) hours of operation: Sun-Mon 9am-1:30pm, Tue-Sat 9am-7pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.