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Castello della Zisa

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Bruno And Breakfast
Bruno And Breakfast
April 30, 2019
The Zisa palace (from the Arabic al-Azīz, or “the splendid”) was outside the walls of the ancient town of Palermo, inside the Genoardo (from the Arabic Jannat al-ar or “garden or paradise on the earth”) of which it is the most important and representative monument. With its building peculiarities…
Riccardo
Riccardo
March 02, 2019
One of the best Palermo's Arabic and Norman monument, really worth to visit inside and beautiful place for pic nic breakfast in his free access garden. Built in the twelfth century during Norman domination in Sicily.
Eleonora
Eleonora
October 30, 2018
The Zisa is a castle in the western part of Palermo in Sicily, southern Italy. It is included in the UNESCO Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale World Heritage Site.
Gabriele
Gabriele
August 16, 2015
It is a castle built by the arabians in 1100, recently renovated. A must see in Palermo
Agostino
Agostino
July 10, 2015
Fatimid building of Normal age. The name derives from Aziz, brilliant. Fortress where the Emir used to live.

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1 Via Guglielmo Il Buono
Palermo, Sicilia 90138
Phone091 652 0269
Hours of Operation statusOpen · Closes 6:30 PM
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