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Zisa Castle



As a result of the D.L. of March 12, 2021, the site will be closed.

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

educational tours for individuals


As a result of the D.L. of March 12, 2021, the site will be closed.

Please be informed that tickets will be offered for sale gradually and the purchase will be possible for the same day and the following one.


Info and Reservation

+39 091 7489995 |

Zisa Castle



Get ready for the visit

Didactic tours

  • From 8 June 2020, tickets can be purchased online, from the call center and at the ticket office


Zisa Castle





09.00 - 17.00

from Monday to Friday
last admission at 16:30

last admission half an hour before closing


Saturday and Sunday

Ticket Office

Groups buy tickets directly at the ticket office.