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29 June 2020

Palermo, City of Art: Museums to visit

Palermo is not only a gastronomic excellence made of sea and relaxation, but also of culture, art and museums not to be missed!

A crossroads of different peoples, cultures and traditions that have left their footprints, Palermo continues to collect evidence of its origins in museums and galleries throughout the city. And what better opportunity than holidays in Sicily to discover places never seen before?

Starting with the Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas which is part of the monumental complex of Olivella and within which you can deepen the evolution of Sicilian art: from prehistory to the Roman age. There are also exposed finds of the Hellenistic age, such as sarcophagi decorated in relief and numerous urns in alabaster, travertine and terracotta.

If, on the other hand, you love modern art during your holidays in Sicily, you cannot miss the GAM, the Gallery of Modern Art. In fact, you can admire works by Giorgio De Chirico, Mario Sironi and Renato Guttuso, among others. The works of art contained in the GAM constitute an artistic itinerary aimed at reconstructing the figurative arts in Italy between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Do not miss also the Regional Gallery of Palazzo Abatellis in which is exposed the famous fresco entitled Triumph of Death of which, to date, the author is unknown. It is thought, however, that it is a royal commission and that the artist is Catalan or Provençal. But the most important thing about this work of art according to the opinion of many illustrious critics, is that it was the source of inspiration of Picasso for the realization of the note Guernica.

Finally, inside the Palace of Torre Pirajno, located in the Kalsa district of Palermo, there is the Casa Museo “Stanze al Genio” or Museo delle Maioliche. After long restoration work, it was possible to trace the original decorations hidden behind several layers of plaster: there are thousands of Sicilian and Neapolitan majolica tiles of wonderful beauty used both to cover the floors and walls. A collection that is increased every year with the inclusion of new pieces.

The eight open rooms of the House-Museum are enriched by vintage pieces of furniture and organized chronologically according to the time, from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.

Trust us! Visiting at least one of these museums will make your holidays in Sicily even more special!