Palermo & MonrealeOctober 15, 2018
The duration of the entire route is about 4h distributed between the visit of the Duomo and Cloister of Monreale and
a walk of about 2h in the historic center of Palermo. We recommend to wearing comfortable shoes.
Language: Italian, English, French
Route: by car and on foot
Participants: minimum 2 people
By bus or by car we will head to Monreale, just few minute out of Palermo which is located on the slopes of
Monte Caputo, at 310 m above the sea level, dominates the former citrus groves of the
Conca d’Oro and the city of Palermo. Visit of the Duomo an architectural masterpiece of the Norman age, with
expressions of Islamic, Byzantine and Romanic culture that create one of the highest creations
of the Italian Middle Ages.
Following is the visit of the Cathedral of Palermo, built in 1185 by the will of Archbishop Gualtiero
Offamilio and modified several times over the centuries. For the multi-stratification of architectural elements and
decorative features that is proposed as a direct testimony and evocative of the history
which has affected Palermo over the centuries.
From there we will continue on foot through the streets of the historic centre and we will reach the Quattro Canti octagonal square
designed in 1608 by the Florentine architect Giuseppe Lasso to frame and embellish the most important
urban intervention carried out in Palermo in the modern age: the cutting of the Via Maqueda and the cross of streets
that was created between this and the via Toledo (current Corso Vittorio Emanuele) at the end of the sixteenth century.
The route ends at Piazza Pretoria with its fountain, an impressive water machine built by the
Francesco Camilliani, a Tuscan sculptor, bought by the Palermo Senate in 1573 to qualify the square
overlooking the Palazzo Senatorio.
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