Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti
Designed by Roger II in 1130, this extraordinary chapel is Palermo's top tourist attraction. Located on the mid-level of Palazzo dei...
Palazzo dei Normanni
Home to Sicily's regional parliament, this venerable palace dates to the 9th century. However, it owes its current look (and name) to a...
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Trattoria Ai Cascinari
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Chiesa di San Giovanni degli Eremiti information
This remarkable, five-domed remnant of Arab-Norman architecture occupies a magical little hillside in the middle of an otherwise rather squalid neighbourhood. Surrounded by a garden of citrus trees, palms, cacti, rosemary bushes and ruined walls, it's built atop a mosque that itself was superimposed on an earlier chapel. The peaceful Norman cloisters outside offer lovely views of the Palazzo dei Normanni.