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Zisa Castle



The Zisa, built in the XII century, was conceived during the Norman domination in Sicily. 

Its foundation is owed to the kingdom of Guglielmo I, but concluded only under that one of Guglielmo II.

 The palace was built at the "Arab" way from Muslim workers, as happened with other royal residences. It was inspired by the models of the regal construction of northern Africa and Egypt, underlining the strong bonds that Sicily continued to have, in that period, with the Islamic cultural world of Mediterranean basin. 

The name Zisa is probably brought back by al-Azîz (that in Arabic language means splendid, noble, glorious, magnificent). 

The word (in nashi characters), found in the epigraphic band of the hallway of the building, denotes the characteristic of the Islamic use to characterize with an appellative the more important civil buildings.

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How to reach the site

By bus

from Palermo Central Rail Station bus n. 101 up to Piazza Politeama, then take bus n. 106 to Piazza Principe di Camporeale


By car 

from Palermo Central Rail Station go to Piazza Indipendenza, continue towards Via Dante to Piazza Principe di Camporeale, from there take via the Normans to the destination


By train

Station Orleans/Palazzo Reale and then 15/20 minutes by walk


Services and Accessibility



  • fron 2 March 2020, closed on Monday

Info and Reservation

every day 
9.00 – 19.00

+39 091 7489995 |

Zisa Castle



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Zisa Castle





09.00 - 19.00

Monday to Saturday

09.00 - 13.30

Sunday and holidays


Last admission 30 minutes before closing time