Quattro Canti
Quattro Canti
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The traditional center of Palermo called "Quattro Canti" (Four Corners) is located at the intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda, making it the heart of this city's old historic district.
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  • Danglish.adventures
    Copenhagen, Denmark529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Festino diSanta Rosalia
    Prime location to see the procession of "Festino diSanta Rosalia" - held on the Friday during the week-long festival to celebrate the saviour of the city. I'd advise arriving by about 10pm as it gets very busy. The procession arrives at about 11pm. For about an hour the procession stops in this location and there are presentations and entertainment. We experienced a superb acrobatic performance.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • md1mm
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The centre of Palermo
    These are the crossroads at the centre of Palermo where the main streets meet. It is largely pedestrianised and full of people with musicians playing in one corner. It is worth locating this crossroads early in your visit to Palermo and then coordinating everything else with its relation to this place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 13, 2023
  • chrissy
    Adelaide, Australia226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Four corners
    Considered the historical centre where two major roads meet and four historical corners meet. Each corner represents a story and each corner has a small fountain below the story representing one of the four seasons. It is an amazing location. Get there early in the morning before all the crowds and noise arrives.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Angelo Z
    Crawford, Texas333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    This is what’s considered the center of old Palermo. The 4 corners are interesting to see each has a different season and story depicted with statues and water fountains. It’s at the intersection of 2 major streets that you will want to stroll down. Musicians usually playing.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Seeking True Quality
    Europe4,846 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The focal point of Palermo
    When we arrived at the Quattro Canti Square we were pleasantly surprised by the relaxed atmosphere: street musicians were playing, horse-driven carriages were waiting for tourists and the four baroque facades were magnificent! Each of the four corners of this square belongs to one of the four historical quarters of Palermo. The four concave facades were built in early XVII. century and each of them contains a fountain that represents a season of the year, a Spanish ruler with his court of arms and a female patron saint.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • Dmitrii Marinkevich
    Manosque, France253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Camera will not share the nice view
    We were on MSC cruise and we visited Palermo. This place is surprising. Unfortunately camera can not share all the view as you see it, when you are there. We also did some good shopping of nice dresses for my girls from Indian lady.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Previously, the center of Palermo was located where the Cathedral stands. However, the Quattro Canti composition is ideal for performing the role of the center. The idea of a symmetrical arrangement of buildings at an intersection is not new. There is something similar in Rome on the Quattro Fontane near the Palazzo Barberini and the Italian Ministry of defense. Although, of course, Quattro Canti looks more majestic. The intersection itself appeared after the Spanish Viceroy of Sicily, Maceda, ordered the street that now bears his name to be cut perpendicular to via Cassaro. He also ordered the construction of four Baroque palaces forming the Quattro Canti. Construction was completed in 1620. The facade of each Palace is divided into 3 parts. The fountains and statues below represent the four seasons. The four Spanish viceroys of Sicily are in the middle. The names of these heads of occupation administrations (Charles V and the three Philippi II to IV) are remembered only by historians. Four virgin martyrs of Santa Cristina,.Ninfa, Santa Oliva, and Sant'agata are at the top of the hierarchy. The four blocks of the city are respectively followed by Albergheria (South), Seralcadio (West), La Loggia (North), and Kalsa (East). Previously, these saints were equally revered by the inhabitants of Palermo with Santa Rosalia. However, a few years after the construction was completed, a plague occurred in Palermo. It was short-lived and residents of the city believed that the relics of St. Rosalia saved the city. Rosalie couldn`t be ranked with the four virgin martyrs after that. But there`s no fifth corner on Quattro Canti for Rosalia. Otherwise, it would have to be renamed Cinque Canti.
Written February 18, 2020
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traveltheglobe
Singapore, Singapore772 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Friends
We came during the year end festive period and the areas around Quattro Canti were especially atmospheric, with Christmas light up, street busking and lots of activities. I personally think this is one of the most iconic piazzas in Sicily. The concept of the four facades depicting the four seasons and the multiple levels representing the different kings and saint is simply spellbinding. We stayed at a hotel just a few steps from here and I would highly recommend this area. Very safe and convenient.
Written May 24, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom11,027 contributions
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Feb 2020
This central square was a really good starting point for exploring Palermo. We started our day here at the crossroads of Palermo’s two main roads, Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
It is a striking and unusual square.
On each corner there are 4 matching concave Baroque buildings, all facing inwards towards the centre. If you stand in the middle and tilt your head right back to look up, they create a circular frame for a blue sky and almost seem to be curving in on you. It’s quite a strange effect.
The facades are highly ornate, with curves and flourishes, columns, cherubs and fountains. There is a heavy dose of Baroque theatricality. Why have one cherub, when you can have 20 or more?
Each facade has corresponding symbolic features that form a theme. Starting at the ground level, each one has a fountain. Together these represent Palermo's 4 rivers. Above that, is a figure representing one of the 4 seasons. Higher again on the second tier, is one of the Spanish kings. Finally, if you cast your eyes to the top level, each façade has one of Palermo's 4 patron saints (Sant'Oliva, Sant'Agata, Santa Christina, and Santa Ninfa). Read together, the symbolic meaning is to do with hierachy and power. The kings have power over nature but the divine power of God and the saints is the most powerful of all.
There are all sorts of interesting detail if you look closely. After a while, we noticed that Spring is a young woman with a bouquet of flowers, whilst winter is an elderly person, nearing the end of their life and carrying an urn.
Later in the day, when we came back this way, the square looked different again. The sun had shifted so that it was shining on a different facade giving quite a different effect.
Grime and soot from traffic have blackened the buildings over time but it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to consider how stunning they would have looked when new and the stone was gleaming .

NEARBY: From the Quattro Canti, we walked 2 minutes around to Pretoria Square, Santa Caterina church and the wonderfully named ‘fountain of shame’.
Written October 26, 2020
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,658 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Absolutely beautiful- and handily situated. You don't even need to make a specific trip to it as it is situated at the junction between what I would consider the two most important roads running through the city centre. So if you are in the city for even a few days, it is likely that you will pass it a number of times.
Written September 2, 2020
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,512 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This is an easily identifiable, and striking grand intersection in the heart of Palermo. It has richly decorated curved facades of buildings, with fountains, facing the intersection. It is an important crossroads int he heart of the city and can be a useful point for meeting or getting one's bearing as it is at the intersection of a major street which passes the Teatro Massimo with another main street heading from the Palazzo dei Normanni to the habrour, passing the cathedral. There is cafes and street food in the area as well.
Written February 9, 2020
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,908 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Solo
In the heart of Centro Storico in Central Palermo is Piazza Vigliena, otherwise known as Quattro Canti. The piazza is at the intersection of Via Maqueda and Via Vittorio Emanuele and comprises of four identical baroque buildings with almost identical frontages. Each of the buildings are split into districts, seasons, kings and Patrons and although looking virtually indistinguishable from each other have their own characteristics and identities. The piazza is thoroughly compelling and a great photo opportunity, it was a delightful place to visit whilst I was in Palermo late July 2020.
Written January 19, 2021
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Jackie C
Peterborough, UK469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This took our breath away. A road junction - intersection where four roads meet hence the word Quattro. Everyone who arrives here has to stop and take a photo. The architecture on these facades is quite stunning and quite a selfie spot
Written April 3, 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,761 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
At the intersection of two of the most prominent streets in Palermo, Via Maqueda & Via Vittorio Emanuele is the location of the 4 corners square. This amazing square is known as Villena Square in honor of the Spanish Viceroy who commissioned this construction in 1609. This intersection and square received the name Four Corners because of the four palaces which were built in the 4 corners of the square. On the lower level of the palaces, 4 sparkling fountains each one represents one of the ancient rivers that once flowed through Palermo, the Papireto, Kemonia, Oreto, and Pannaria rivers.
Written June 23, 2020
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travelasacouple
essex, england243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Really popular area, which is pedestrianised (mostly). Seems to always be someone singing or playing an instrument and this afternoon we heard so many people singing along while a young girl played violin. Have no idea what it was but was very popular and sounded great.

Looks lovely day or night
Written March 24, 2023
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Danglish.adventures
Copenhagen, Denmark529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Prime location to see the procession of "Festino diSanta Rosalia" - held on the Friday during the week-long festival to celebrate the saviour of the city.
I'd advise arriving by about 10pm as it gets very busy. The procession arrives at about 11pm. For about an hour the procession stops in this location and there are presentations and entertainment. We experienced a superb acrobatic performance.
Written July 30, 2023
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