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Il Castello della Zisa, Palermo

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  • The exterior is much more interesting than the interior. It is in a nondescript suburb which has nothing really to recommend it. Although some of the interior has some vestiges the of Moorish decorati...  read more »
  • I love Sicily and Zak is managing things there. Is a very important and interesting building, renovated in time but empty. The people who work there also kindly welcomed us and explained some details but altogether is a bare building. On the way out, with bitterness, it is impossible not to see that in another country would be used more profitably.
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  • what most stands out is its height, built by the Norman King Ruggiero II in 1000, was a super intelligent refligeracion system by which circualba water from the source to the interior of the palace garden,
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  • Like so many others say, beautiful but not worth the admission. Excellent example of the maladministration they you find so much of in the Mezzogiorno. Take photos from outside.
  • Beautifully rebuilt Arab-Norman castle. Fascinating to see what has been restored in brick vs. the original stone. A flawless representation of the original ground plan. Get a combo ticket with Palazzo Abatellis and there you have a perfect afternoon. Also quite near La Cuba, which is worth a visit in its own right.
  • Beautifil outside, but no explanations and not worth 6 euro admission. Staff doesnt speak english, also no english leaflets. At office we couldnt buy tickets, because guy didnt have change. After 20 minuts discussion (shouting i would say!) other guy from staff gave 1euro to make total 12 euro for us. Inside of castle to descriptions for tourists, boring at the end. Outside nice, but again no explanation of all water system etc., so missed a lot of value... Shame, this touristic attraction misses so much of basic info for tourists...
  • Hi.. Quite a terrible place I must say... Admission is now 6 euros. You are not given a printed guide or anything as such. All signs and explanations inside are in italian, so they do neglect billions of non-italian speakers. If you are over 65 yrs old, you get 50 % discount BUT if you are non-EU visitor, then no discount.. So for this weird administration, you need to be an aging european to get a discount. This is not only bollocks but also discriminative. The castle is almost empty, nothing to see. There are some amphoras laying around, without any explanation. Perhaps they are not historic stuff after all, bought by the administration at a street market stall for 5 euros!!! Who knows ??? None of the people in charge speak english. Ticket seller speaks broken english and has not been introduced the word "please". She spoke to us more like the female version of mussolini. That was a historic moment in our visit !! I asked a lady in charge on 2nd floor if she spoke english, she shouted NO as if I told her she had AIDS, left the room running to another section. The garden is totally neglected, in ruins. There is really nothing to see here. Best is, go by the castle, see from outside, take a few pics and move on. Giving 6 euros to go inside is totally waste of time & money. The British Museum that you go in for free offers 100 times better things than this one as an example. I just got back 3-4 days ago, happy to reply any questions or comments.. regards.
  • Would have been so much better if there was an English translation
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