Discover Palermo and the fascinating Kalsa district with a local professional guide.
What to Expect
Part Punic, Phoenician, Roman and Arab, the city of Palermo is historically rich and diverse. Kalsa, from the Arabic al-Halisah, means “elected.” During the Islamic domination of Palermo, it was a fortified citadel and place of residence for the emir and his ministers.
During the centuries after the Arabian domination, the district witnessed many transformations: the fortified walls and the gardens were eliminated and replaced with new roads, palaces and beautiful baroque churches.
Despite its renewed look, the Kalsa has maintained its charm and atmosphere charged with mystery. Your expert local guide will recount for you the many legends which surround it...
Walking through the narrow and winding streets of the district and through alleyways of Islamic origin, you will enter into a new dimension: here the city’s chaos and noises are canceled, cars disappear almost completely and time is suspended. The route that crosses the Kalsa district allows you to discover medieval architecture, baroque churches, large open spaces and lonely little squares that suddenly open in front of the Mediterranean sea. Moreover, you will be able to make the histories and legends of this fascinating neighborhood yours. You will also visit of the Abatellis palace, the S. Lorenzo oratory and the S. Francesco square so get ready for an unforgettable Sicilian experience.
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