Your half day walking tour of Palermo begins in the oratories of San Domenico and Santa Cita, decorated with graceful stucco works by Giacomo Serpotta, an Italian sculptor famous for his exuberant stucco sculpture in the Rococo style.
Palazzo Mirto, a wonderful example of 17th century architecture with lavishly decorated rooms, is your next stop. When you walk out of the palazzo, just a few steps away is the famous Piazza Marina whose Garibaldi Gardens feature the biggest ficus magnolia trees in all of Europe. This is a wonderful place to sit on a bench and soak up your surroundings.
Beautiful Palazzo Abatellis, home of the Regional Gallery of Art, is next. It is located in the intriguing and colorful Kalsa quarter, built by the Arabs in the Middle Ages when they ruled the island. You will visit two of the most exquisite masterpieces in the gallery: "The Annunciation" by Antonello da Messina and the "Triumph of Death," a large and terrifying fresco painted by an unknown master around 1400.
Please note that some of the mentioned sites may be closed on Mondays, in which case they would be substituted with other sites of similar importance.
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