Norman Palace

Norman Palace, Palermo

Norman Palace
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
8:15 AM - 1:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale
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dr_peace
Funchal, Portugal230 contributions
Don't forget your ID
Oct 2020
The architecture of the palace looks quite intriguing from the outside. We wanted to buy tickets on spot which where 18 Euros which sounds rather expensive to me. However they requested lots of personal data and our ID cards which was mentioned nowhere. Since I always leave my passport in the hotel room, I could not get a ticket and saved some money. I visited the Palace of Count Federico instead which was cheaper, more personal and a lot less hassle than here.
Written 12 October 2020
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marwat111
Dorset, UK40 contributions
Awful staff at this wonderful monument
Oct 2020
I have given a score of 1 because the customer service and staff at this facility are just appalling even by Italian standards. The bad guy at the ticket office could not have been more unfriendly. Why on earth would you let this person be the first face that a tourist sees for this amazing facility? If anyone from the city reads these reviews, then give these awful people some training. It's a disgrace to your beautiful city
Written 12 October 2020
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Eleanor C
Farnborough, UK134 contributions
A must visit in Palermo
Sep 2020
A must see in Palermo.

I envy the Sicilian regional bureacrats who work in the building. I recognised the less famous parts of the building (the 3 storeys of colonaded landings around the central courtyard) from La Mafia Uccide Solo L'Estate, and half expected to see Lorenzo Giammaresi leaning over a balcony for a cigarette or a chat with Marina. The main staircase with its clean, white lines, reminded me of an MC Escher drawing.

But like most visitors I came to the palace to see the Arabo-Norman Palatine Chapel with the gilded Byzantine mosaics of Christ and saints, as well as more Islamic style geometric patterns. Stunning, and coherent. A wonderful gem of a space, but my real favourite was King Roger's Hall. More wonderful gold mosaics, but slightly smaller, more human scale, room and for me (as a non-religious person) the trees, birds and animals appealed to me more than the saints. (If you ever wondered where the cross-eyed leopard on Ortigia Sicilia perfume packaging comes from, here is your answer!)
Written 10 October 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
One of the landmarks in Palermo
Aug 2020
This is one of the places you must see in Palermo. The ticket is quite expensive, but you can visit both the Palace and the Palatine Chapel. It is worth it!
Written 6 October 2020
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Carmela C
Valletta, Malta50 contributions
Beautiful but expensive
Sep 2020 • Couples
The palace is nice, and the chapel is stunning but we are quite disappointed by the management of the place: three possible places to visit: a temporary exhibition, the halls and the chapel, because of time we decided to visit the chapel only, well, it was not possible on that day you had to visit, and pay, all of them, 16 euros each plus 5 euros for audio guide( of which the half was written and copying just what displayed ...) never seen anything like this in my life and been Travelling quite a bit!
Written 29 September 2020
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Rob D
13 contributions
Don’t bother booking online
Sep 2020
Amazing chapel is definitely worth seeing. But crazy booking system. Sign says you must book online which we did. We had to go through the hassle of navigating a confusing website and getting the ticket printed as that’s what it said you had to do (of course once we arrive people are using their phone version). You are given a time and told to arrive 15 minutes early (for extra covid measures) which we did. Upon arrival a very grumpy Security guard tells us we can’t go in until our exact time so we wait. In the meantime other people have bought a ticket there and then (despite what the sign says) and are let in immediately. So we are penalised for booking in advance to help them manage numbers.
Written 25 September 2020
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Phil
Odessa, Ukraine2,183 contributions
Beautiful chapel
Sep 2020 • Friends
You Can book timed tickets online in advance or buy at the ticket Office ( expect a long Line) Most of the palace is off limit to visitors. But you Will be able to view the chapel. Entrance 13,50 € Lots of security uaround.
Written 23 September 2020
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Michael R
Rugby, UK46 contributions
Skip it if you are right on time
Sep 2020
There isn't that much to see outside of the Chapel - and that we couldn't see as my wife didn't have her shoulders covered. I wish we'd been told before buying the tickets.

The rest is fine but there isn't that much information to put it into any context. For the 12 odd Euros we paid I don't feel it is worth the money. Much better things to see in Palermo.
Written 21 September 2020
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Siân
20 contributions
Journey through history
Sep 2020 • Couples
Everything you could want for a look into history in one building!! There's currently an exhibit which looks at shipwrecks in Sicilian waters, so you get greek and roman artifacts, then the building itself is a mix if Arabic, norman, renaissance catholic and modern design. Beautiful place to visit, with a lovely cafe in the gardens to enjoy after exploring the palace. The chapel is stunning with mosaics on every wall and marble patterns on the floor. There is a sign at the door detailing a dress code for the chapel (not the whole palace) but no one was enforcing when we were there. Maybe an idea to be ready to cover knees and shoulders if asked! Ticket is currently €18 and it closes at 1430 for the day.
Written 21 September 2020
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Federico
3 contributions
Best thing to see in Palermo
Sep 2020 • Friends
Just stunning. Don’t miss this place.
I’ve rarely seen something so beautiful in other parts of Italy.

Place is kept very clean during this coronavirus crisis.
Written 14 September 2020
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