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Villa Giulia, Palermo

Villa Giulia, Palermo

The Villa Giulia, or Villa del Popolo, is a park lying to the east of the botannical gardens. The park was commissioned by magistrate D. Antonino La Grua e Talamanca, marquis of Regalmici in 1777 with inspiration from Giovanni Meli. Construction began that year, completing in 1778. It was later enlarged in 1866.

Designed by Nicolò Palma and named after Giulia Guevara, it was Palmero's first public park. The monumental entrance overlooking the Foro Italico is of a neoclassical design. It is permanently closed so cannot be used for access to the garden. The primary entrance, located on Lincoln street, is less developed. At the heart of the villa is the dodecahedron fountain. This consists of a sculpture composed of a dodecahedron shaped marble clock created by the mathematician Lorenzo Federici, each face of the dodecahedron featuring a sundial. This is supported by a statue of Atlas by Ignazio Marabitti, set in the centre of a circular fountain. Decorations surrounding the fountain consist of various metal sculptures. Around the central fountain are four exedra, these were designed by Giuseppe Damiani Almeyda and intended to be used for musical performances. Among the marble sculptures, the most significant one of note is the "Fontana del Genio a Villa Giulia" - the Genius of Palermo which went on to become a symbol of the city, built in 1778 by Ignazio Marabitti.

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Sight Name: Villa Giulia
Sight Location: Palermo, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Palermo, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Palermo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Palermo Introduction Walk

Palermo Introduction Walk

Palermo is one of the most famous and well visited cities in Italy. Located in the north of the Sicilian Isle and directly on the shore of the Mediterranean, the city is magnificently designed and constructed. Here you will find a plethora of architectural masterpieces such as old churches, governmental buildings, and various monuments. Follow this orientation walk to explore the best attractions...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Entertainment for Children in Palermo

Palermo is incredibly friendly to children and boasts a plethora of entertainment options for kids. So if you are looking for a fun day out in the sun with the family, check out the wide number of Palermo's entertainment options for the young ones.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Religion is central to the culture of Italy. Thus, the city of Palermo features a wide variety of religious institutions including churches, cathedrals, and temples. Journey down the part two of Palermo's religious buildings tour and enjoy the sights.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

Palermo Museums and Art Galleries

The Museums and the Art Galleries of Palermo are brilliant venues that adequately conserve the rich and beautiful history of this fine city. Wander through the streets of Palermo, venture into these museums and art galleries, and discover the cultural heritage of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Palermo Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Religion has always played an important role in the lives of the Italian people. Thus, it is little wonder that the great city of Palermo features a plethora of churches, cathedrals, and temples. Here is the first part of Palermo's religious buildings walking tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
The Palaces of Palermo

The Palaces of Palermo

The palaces of Palermo were and still are a fine manifestation of the historical life of the Palermo region. Amazingly, some of these great palaces still stand while have struggled to retain their original form from centuries earlier. The story of each palace is a terrific visual behind Palermo's rich cultural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles