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Stanze al Genio, Palermo
(4.9/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
A house-museum covered with beautiful ceramic tiles, Stanze al Genio is located in the Palazzo Torre Piraino. Tiles from the 16th to the 20th centuries completely cover the walls of this private home, which is open to the public for tours. Tiles were affectionately collected over 30 years, including those saved from the bombing wreckage of World War II. Calling ahead for a reservation is necessary in order to visit the museum. Plan your Stanze al Genio visit and explore what else you can see and do in Palermo using our Palermo itinerary builder.
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  • Heaven is paved with tiles you could say. The rooms to the genius is an association which today we are allowed to visit one of the most big private collections of majolica. The plan was also enlarged. It's a must for every tourist, but above all, for each of Palermo, who does not know to have this precious treasure near home. Attention to photos, sometimes with a guided tour is not allowed to photograph. Go!
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  • A wonderful collection Mediterranean flavour. Nice to imagine the context in which the tiles were inserted, seaside villas and mansions ... and then the incredible creativity of clients of these pavements and the skill of those who built it. Amazing to think that until two decades of these wonders you he undid. When the Palace was full and had to use another location where exhibit majolica there I offer you one, breathtaking! Always an island, Campania though!!!
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  • A treasure of Palermo! Absolutely worth visiting. One is amazed at the fact that Pio Mellina has built his collection of tiles and this House Museum municipal or State without any help. Entering the "genius" one understands that Pious tiles are not just a collection but are like his children!!
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  • Lovely museum. I emailed to book a viewing with my daughter, and was not disappointed. We were given a tour by a charming and very knowledgeable man, who was passionate about the collection and provided lots of very interesting background information. The ceramic tiles were amazing and housed in a beautiful apartment... finding out about the history and the renovation of the apartment was also really interesting. Highly recommended.
  • Don't hesitate to book a tour of this amazing tile collection. Starting at age 11 with a gift from his grandmother, the owner has amassed an incredible collection - and the exhibit is set to double to around 5000 tiles by the end of 2015. The current exhibit is still worth the admission of 6E due to the excellent tour guide who was generous with his time, very knowledgable, clearly loves what he does, and happily answered questions. Would love to return after the expansion!
  • Best museum tour in town!
  • Call ahead to make an appointment. Amazing collection in a restored palace apartment. Very informative guide who spoke English.
  • Una collezioni di maioliche più belle.