Among the many historic buildings bequeathed by important lords and feudal families of the past, there is the well-known Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri, dating back to the fourteenth century and located in the beautiful and heterogeneous city of Palermo. It is a fortified palace, where it is possible to know part of the history of the place, made up of wars and destruction, but also of art and curiosity of one of the most beautiful and characteristic regions of Italy.
Here is all the useful information for you to better organize the visit to Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri.
- Hours and prices
- What to see and how to visit Palazzo Steri
- Where is it and how to get there
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Hours and prices
The Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri is located in Piazza Marina, 61 ed it is open all year round, from Tuesday to Sunday. The entrance is located on the eastern side of the building, near the chapel of Sant'Antonio Abate. Each ticket includes the guide for the visit, while for group visits it is necessary to book, to be done directly on the official website.
- Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-00pm, last admission 19pm. Closed on Mondays except holidays
- Best time to avoid queues: when opening at 10:00 or around lunchtime
- € 8,00
- Reductions: groups of 10 people, Over 65, children 10-17, university students € 5,00; employees of the Sicily Region and MIBACT, authorities, journalists, employees of the University of Palermo € 3,00
- Free: disabled, law enforcement, children under the age of 10
What to see and how to visit Palazzo Steri
The visits include the ground floor and the second floor (the rooms on the first floor are the seat of the rectorate of the University of Palermo, therefore not accessible).
L'entrance of the building is emblematic of its history, with the former prisons of the inquisition, called "Philippines", whose walls still bear the tragic signs of the lives extinguished during that very sad historical parenthesis. "Pacienza, pane et tempo" they wrote on the walls. The palace housed the court of the inquisition from 1600 to 1789.
Leaving behind these rooms, one changes radically, passing instead to one of the happiest pages of Sicilian art: the canvas by Renato Guttuso, the Vucciria. This shows the truest soul of the city: the local market in all its splendor. Through a raw and sanguine realism, the canvas almost seems to release the scents of typical products and the shouting of "vanniaturi".
But the real treasure chest of the Palace is located on the upper floors, and is theGreat Hall, with a wonderful frescoed wooden ceiling that tells stories from the Old and New Testament, tales of chivalry, the Trojan War, Tristan and Isolde, the Judgment of Solomon.
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: in the historic center, in Piazza Marina 59, not far from the Foro Italico (500 m, 6 min). Easily reachable on foot from Central Station (1,2 km, 15 min). Get directions
- By bus: easily reachable from any point of the city. Closest stations Vittorio Emanuele-S. Maria Della Catena (lines 103 and 107). Single ride ticket € 1,40
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Group visits: book your visit in advance if you intend to take a group tour, by calling +39 091 23893788
- Watch out for restrictions: it is not allowed to bring water or food, make sure you don't have any with you
- Minimum time: we advise you to consider a minimum of 2 hours for the visit, take photographs without flash, keep a low tone of voice and suitable for the place
- Accessibilità: the building is accessible to people with reduced mobility with free admission
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
Built in the '300 by the forefather of Chiaromonte family, has undergone an impressive series of statute changes and intended use: home of the noble family until the last descendant, Andrea, seat of the Spanish king and viceroy, royal offices such as customs and tax authorities, Court and prison of the Inquisition, Palace of Justice after the abolition of the inquisition by the enlightened viceroy Caracciolo and until the inauguration of the current Justice palace and, still today, the seat of Rectorate of the University of Palermo and museum seat.
What awaits you is not only a journey into the past, with the possibility of seeing the stories of distant and elusive eras up close, but also the opportunity to admire a riot of art, made up of encounters between oriental, Gothic and Norman forms, in a word: the recognizable and precious art of Sicily.