Norman Palace
Norman Palace
4.5
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8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
8:15 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
8:15 AM - 1:00 PM
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  • bcp20
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    From the outside, one could wonder what all the hub-bub is about. After visiting, you will understand. The architecture, mosaic and painted art, detailed craftsmanship and history of this palace and the palatine chapel are absolutely worth the visit. Carve out at leaat 2 hours, if not 3 if you are appreciative of history and lost art forms - especially if visiting during high season.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Charlotte P
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see if you love art, mosaics and history
    I read some reviews on here and I noticed people complaining about the price of the ticket. I think however, that the price reflects what you are seeing - beautiful golden mosaics that date back to 1140, history and beautiful state rooms. We also queued for the Meta experience which was basically where you can see a digital clone of yourself created right before your eyes. I thought this was going to be rubbish to be honest but actually it was really impressive and fun to see! We both thought it was great. Yes you do have to pay 50 cents for the loo but they are extremely clean, smell lovely and I’d rather pay for that than get a not very nice loo for nothing!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • George M
    70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning chapel which is quite unique
    On the day we visited we couldn’t access the Royal palace so we were restricted to the Palatine Chapel. The chapel is simply stunning and every painting tells a different bible story. We were surprised they didn’t try to sell you a tour or an audio guide and they don’t provide a printed guide to what you are seeing. We would recommend doing an official tour to get the most from your visit. You will also learn about the city’s history through the exhibition of the walls and other artefacts. Glad we did this attraction and happy to recommend it to other travellers.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Christopher Q
    Ellesmere, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gold triumph
    The Royal Chapel is a spectacular visit. Completely covered in beautiful gold mosaics it is stunning . Sadly every time l visit the Palace the Royal Apartments are closed but the chapel is worth seeing
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Claude M
    Vence, France935 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great example of a mix of Norman and Oriental styles in one place
    The norman palace is a stunning mix of oriental style mosaics in the palatine chapel and more classic, austere European decor in other rooms. It is a relfection of the mix of Western, muslim worlds that collided in Sicily. There's a small snack bar in the facility for a short break during the visit
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Bunty8
    United Kingdom617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful chapel
    Well worth a visit, be aware you have to go through airport style security, we were ok with water, but people who had bottles of beer were confiscated, to be picked up at end, so leave shopping till later. The highlight was the Capella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) this was chapel of the Norman kings, with the beautiful mosaics. The state rooms were open, regional parliament sits here and not always open to public, we were lucky. It can be very busy if cruise ships are in, we were fortunate a large group was leaving as we entered.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom5,904 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elaborate Royal Chapel and palace
    It is a highlight of Palermo and inside the palace it's the Royal Chapel that is the most interesting. No expense has been spared in the gold adornment and the elaborate paintings. Some other area of the palace are available to visit but the parliament was in residence when we visited and so visiting was restricted.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Cynicoren
    Beersheba, Israel2,582 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best attraction in Palermo
    If you are into art and history, the Norman Palace is Palermo's best offering. The mosaic ceiling is absolutely amazing, the gardens are very nice to stroll around. Certainly Palermos best attraction for fans of art/history/religion. On top of the mosaics, there are modern art displays in the palace.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Thomas L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dazzling world class experience.
    The Palace chapel is simply dazzling, a world class experience not to be missed! We were particularly fortunate as we went early and had the chapel virtually to ourselves. The royal apartments are well worth seeing in their own right; even the gardens were interesting with a vast array of plant species from around the world. All the staff were friendly and engaging.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 25, 2023
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lynda
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
One word describes this visit. Brutal… 2 of us queueing at 0915 with multiple tour groups in the sun for 45 minutes… then another queue with multiple tour groups for 1.15 hour to see chapel… little to no reassured direction from palace employees….poor ‘don’t care’ attitude from palace employees…money grabbing and not worth the time
Written April 10, 2024
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Camper558380
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Chapel is pretty amazing; but the experience of visiting the Palazzo is inhibited by lots of closures and acts of self-defeating stupidity: eg charging half a Euro to use the toilets after you've paid admission. Sad, really.
Written April 9, 2024
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Jon L
Olathe, KS261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Gorgeous palace dating back to the 1100s, containing the Capella Palatina from 1132. The chapel was built in Norman/Byzantine/Arab style and is quite beautiful. The gardens outside are amazing, too.
Written March 17, 2024
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LL-CA-Nevada
San Francisco, California, USA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a majestic place but there are many many stairs to see everything - the Chapel museum requires a climb and adventure across the roof (so don't be afraid of stairs and heights) - The other monastery museum has a tremendous collection.
Written March 8, 2024
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Genevieve L
35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
For 19 € I expected a lot better experience. Firstly, asking paying customers who paid a high admission to then pay for toilets is not acceptable. Very few explanatory plaques in rooms so it was hard to know what we were seeing. Also, why did we have to show our tickets for every stop?
Written February 26, 2024
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Jeremy R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Interesting place with lots of history, don't bother with the holographic room, but the other rooms were worth a visit. Only one toilet in the whole place by the entrance and costs 50c
Written January 3, 2024
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Thomas L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The Palace chapel is simply dazzling, a world class experience not to be missed! We were particularly fortunate as we went early and had the chapel virtually to ourselves. The royal apartments are well worth seeing in their own right; even the gardens were interesting with a vast array of plant species from around the world. All the staff were friendly and engaging.
Written December 25, 2023
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Cynicoren
Beersheba, Israel2,582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
If you are into art and history, the Norman Palace is Palermo's best offering. The mosaic ceiling is absolutely amazing, the gardens are very nice to stroll around.
Certainly Palermos best attraction for fans of art/history/religion.
On top of the mosaics, there are modern art displays in the palace.
Written November 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK5,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It is a highlight of Palermo and inside the palace it's the Royal Chapel that is the most interesting. No expense has been spared in the gold adornment and the elaborate paintings. Some other area of the palace are available to visit but the parliament was in residence when we visited and so visiting was restricted.
Written October 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bunty8
United Kingdom617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit, be aware you have to go through airport style security, we were ok with water, but people who had bottles of beer were confiscated, to be picked up at end, so leave shopping till later.
The highlight was the Capella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) this was chapel of the Norman kings, with the beautiful mosaics. The state rooms were open, regional parliament sits here and not always open to public, we were lucky.
It can be very busy if cruise ships are in, we were fortunate a large group was leaving as we entered.
Written September 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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