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La Kalsa

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Address: Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Soul of Palermo

This is the oldest part of Palermo where the Arabs established their government. It's full of old, narrow, winding picturesque streets. Through centuries it became densely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 August 2016
Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a centrally located part of town, near to the harbor which was built and was the main arab quarter. It underwent continuous rebuilding over the centuries and has small alleys, lovely little and large squares, monumental palaces and square. Among them many houses destroyed by the allies bombing in 1944, and many others collapsing on their own. 10-20... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We stayed in a superb B & B on via Lungarini and spent a lot of time in La Kalsa, especially in the evening, when it really comes alive. This is a great area to be based in, there are lots of places to stay, eat and drink. There is also a free tourist shuttle bus that comes down via... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This is the oldest part of Palermo where the Arabs established their government. It's full of old, narrow, winding picturesque streets. Through centuries it became densely populated. The area was heavily bombed during WWII, and many of the ruins have never been restored. Many of the ruined bldgs serve as restaurants and galleries today. It's an interesting part of town... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016 via mobile

La Kalsa is historic and well worth a wander. You will find the cathedral in this area and many places to shop, eat and drink. Many locals also live in apartments around this area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

We spent lots of time between via Maqueda & via Roma where tourist attractions, churches & museums are, but only visited the area between via roma & the sea once. Many of the buildings looked run down & there just wasn't anything there that we wanted to see. We visited foro Italico and piazza marina, but nothing else in that... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

It is rated in Michelin guide as 3 stars attraction in Palermo. Although no doubt that Palermo itself is worthwhile to visit La Kalsa is not close to this rating. Perhaps once it was - but not now. Except for a couple of really nice building there is nothing of interest - just very old and semi-destroyed houses and garbage... More 

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Tortona, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

One of the most beautiful and vibrant city, a blend of art and historical authenticity that make this place unique, adjacent to the sea or to the Foro Italico and entering through the door of the Greeks, walking among the many roads we have the impression of walking in a place where time stands still. La Kalsa is something exceptional,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

We stayed in the Kalsa area during our marvellous holiday in Palermo. We were thrilled with our choice, in the bustling and vibrant old city quarter, conveniently in the centre. From our third floor apartment we had panoramic views over the La Kala, the blue bay and tree lined Foro Italico stretching into the distance. From the balcony it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

When visiting Palermo, we wanted to do what we have done in Naples, staying in the old town. We did not regret a second that we found a lovely B&B (Palazzo Lungarini) in La Kalsa. This area was seriously damaged during World War II, but lately several old Palazzi and other buildings have been restored to former beauty. This area... More 

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