Italian and Sicilian painting, sculpture, architecture from the 14th to the 18th Century-half day tour
We will start our tour from the very beautiful Gothic Catalan"Palazzo Abatetellis", a private mansion from the 15th Century. It displays several artworks, paintings and sculptures from Middle Ages, Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque period. You will be surprised by the beauty of the famous fresco named'Triumph of Death', the bust of Eleonora d'Aragona, one of the most spectacular portrait busts from the Renaissance, sculpted by Francesco Laurana, the amazing"Annunziata"by Antonello da Messina. Afterwards, we will visit the "Steri Palace", the former Inquisition Palace on the beautiful Piazza Marina. This splendid mansion built by the Chiaramonte family in the 14th Century, became the seat of the Spanish Inquisition. Still today several graffitis left by the prisoners can be seen. On the ground floor is on display a renowned painting called"Vucciria market", due to the Sicilian Renato Guttuso. We cannot leave the Palace without seeing the Hall of Barons with its monumental medieval woooden painted ceiling.
Palazzo Steri or Chiaramonte
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The pier of your cruise liner (I will hold a sign with your name) or your hotel.
The tour will be customized according to your cruise schedule.
The tour is not possible on Mondays and afternoons,because Palazzo Abatellis and Steri are not open.
End location: Same as meeting place.
Duration: 4 hours
This is a walking tour.However if you prefer to take a taxi to get to the Palazzo Steri or Abatellis,it is doable.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
16 Euro - Admission fee at Palazzo Abatellis: EUR 8 per person.
Admission fee at Steri Palace: EUR 5 per person.
Moreover,instead of walking from the port to Palazzo Abatellis(about 25 min on foot)you can take a taxi. It would charge approximately € 15( a taxi usually carries from 4 up to 6 people,it depends on the size of the vehicle).
For a drink or a coffee in a bar, the cost is about € 3 per person.
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