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The literature room is a fine balance of colors and words, images and thoughts. An intimate and elegant place that describes Palermo through the prose and the poetry: from the sentences fixed on the furniture to those consecrated on the walls, each specific detail "lives" to hand down and spread the loving mood messages dedicated to Palermo until now. Never attacking or overcoming anyone, but welcoming, with the soft colors of the room, the emotions of the tourist and the pleasant fatigues of travelling: an exciting route of unexplored paths that the Palazzo Reale B&B aimed to guide. Going beyond the boundaries of the room and moving forward .... with a specific thematic itinerary. A journey that is a story within the story, a relaxing and fascinating literary tour of Palermo.

LITERATURE ROOM

9, Cappuccini St. / 90129 - Palermo / Phone. +39 091 424045

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a new way for a smart sleeping in Palermo...

LITERATURE ITINERARY

9, Cappuccini St. / 90129 - Palermo / Phone. +39 091 424045

suggested to reach, behind Piazza Marina, the Promenade of Cattive, where overlook, with their terraces, the most beautiful palaces (Benso, Butera, Lampedusa) once owned by the Sicilian aristocracy. Here the landscape is charming and in few hours of the day "when Palermo, inebriated by the sweet smells of its valley, prosperous and warm, seems to be a languid odalisque, love sick, and from the balconies, opened to the fresh sea breeze, a fleeble and pathetic sound of harpsichords spreads in the scented air..." (Alessio Di Giovanni)

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The itinerary suggested begins from one of the most representative monuments of Palermo: the Palazzo Reale (or Palazzo dei Normanni) [A]. Old residence of Emirs, Norman kings and Spanish viceroys, is one of the places mentioned by Luigi Natoli in the incipit of his famous novel "I Beati Paoli". The novel's pages lead also to the underground passages of Capo district [B], that hosts the ramifications of the early Christian Catacombs of Porta d'Ossuna, dating back to the IV-V century AD. Within the district, of Muslim age, there is the famous Capo market, which spread out along via Porta Carini and via Beati Paoli. This is a real Arabic souk, full of spicy scents and bright colors. Following the route, slowly approaches another famous city's market, Vucciria [C]. A place revealed in several novels, among which certainly stand out “Le parole sono pietre”, the story of a trip to Sicily in which Carlo Levi, the author, gives us this wonderful description: “... and I keep going down into a maze of streets, lanes, alleys, into a market with no end, where every fruit of the earth and of the sea seems to be animate of an impossible beauty, where the swordfish straightens his weapon and its black fin to the sky, and melons redden as flames, closed under the roof of colored lamps as A Thousand and One Nights secret. This is Vucciria”. The market take also to the famous S. Domenico Square, with the homoymous Church, and to the close S. Cita Oratory, decorated with the marvellous stuccos by Serpotta. From the Sicilian Baroque, through the story of "Palermo è una cipolla", you will be leaden to another city's area: discovering the Arabic Palermo, the district of Kalsa [D] (from the Arabic al-halisah, the elect). The book's author, Roberto Alaimo, writes "The City is Kalsa, and to Kalsa always tends to come back". Among the district's most beautiful squares is not to be missed Piazza Marina, with its magnificent Villa Garibaldi. The square is surrounded by several buildings full of history. First of all, Palazzo Chiaramonte or Steri [E], also mentioned in the novel "I Beati Paoli" by Luigi Natoli. Once base of the Spanish Inquisition, today head office of the Rector of Palermo University. Close to the palace appears the Gancia Church, with its important collection of works of art, and the marvellous Palazzo Mirto, that is currently a museum. Few steps away from here is located the beautiful Palazzo Abatellis, that hosts the Regional Art Gallery, and the Church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo [F]. Right here takes place the famous novel by Vincenzo Consolo “Lo Spasimo di Palermo”. Is not to be missed the visit of the close Magione Square, where stands the imposing homonymous Church. For those who wish to continue the walk until the sunset, is

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B&B Palazzo Reale: Literature Room Itinerary