Cattedrale di Palermo
A feast of geometric patterns, ziggurat crenulations, maiolica cupolas and blind arches, Palermo's cathedral has suffered aesthetically...
Tesoro della Cattedrale
This small collection of Norman-era jewels and religious relics is accessed via the cathedral's right aisle. Most extraordinary is the...
Next to the palace is the Porta Nuova, built to celebrate the arrival of Carlos V in Palermo in 1535 after a victory over the Tunisians....
Conveniently located near the Capo market, this family-run neighbourhood trattoria offers sidewalk seating on warmer days. The two...
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Museo Diocesano information
Opposite Palermo's cathedral, this museum houses an important collection of artworks from local churches destroyed during WWII. The ground floor holds 15th-century frescoes, along with Byzantine paintings, icons and mosaics. Especially beautiful are the 1171 Madonna della Perla , the haunting 13th-century Madonna della Spersa and the 12th-century Madonna Orante , whose face is rendered in remarkably minuscule stones.
Seek out the room dedicated to the 17th-century Sicilian painter Pietro Novelli (1603–47), who was one of the region's finest and served as a court painter to Spain's ruler, Philip IV. Much influenced by Anthony Van Dyck and Raphael, Novelli often portrayed himself in his chiaroscuro works. The museum's basement level is a mixture of sculpture, finds from destroyed churches, and paintings of Palermo.