The Oratories of Palermo

The Oratories of Palermo

This walk is perfect for those who are willing to uncover the hidden treasures of Palermo.

The sixth of our walking tours will show you our pearls. Why pearls? As the oratories we are going to admire are, in fact, like pearls in their shells: hidden and precious.

For this guided walk we will meet you up at Piazza Marina in front of the entrance of Giardino Garibaldi (or we may pick you up from your hotel or b&b) to head to the Oratory of San Lorenzo, whose rich interior decoration was realised by Giacomo Serpotta between 1699 and 1706 and is considered his masterpiece. The stuccoes, of extraordinary beauty and elegance, include some reliefs, statues and exuberant composition of cherubs.

After crossing Via Vittorio Emanuele and walking for few minutes, we arrive to the Oratory of San Domenico built by the Company of Our Lady of the Rosary of San Domenico in 1568 and later restored. From the early 1600s, it had become the container of paintings commissioned on behalf of the distinguished and learned members of the company. With the aim of enhancing the theological significance of the paintings, it was commissioned around 1714-1717 to Giacomo Serpotta the episodes of Revelation, linked to the Mysteries of the Rosary of which they are an ideal anticipation.

At five minutes away in the old Via Valverde we find the last treasure of our walk: the Baroque Church of Santa Cita. The first implant of the church dates back to the 14th century. Attached to the church lies the Oratory of Santa Cita, built in the 17th century; its stucco decorations were realised in 1685 by Giacomo Serpotta: the fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, the depiction of the Battle of Lepanto and numerous statues representing the virtues allegorically.

At the end of the walk, being lunchtime, we may suggest you a lovely restaurant or where to enjoy some delicious street food: any walk had better end up with some tasty Sicilian dishes!

Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your walk now to enjoy the best of Palermo!

 

Schedule:

  • 9:30 Piazza Marina
  • 9:45 Oratory of San Lorenzo
  • 10:45 Oratory of the Rosary of San Domenico
  • 11:45 Church and Oratory of Santa Cita
  • 12:30 End of the walk or we may take you to a restaurant
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  • Options

    • Customisation: if you prefer a shorter or a longer walk, adding or removing some points of interest, and/or if you require different hours, please contact us.
    • For a guide speaking a language different from English or Italian please contact us.
    • For luxury services please contact us.
    • For pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, please contact us.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 9:30 from Piazza Marina in front of the entrance of Giardino Garibaldi; otherwise our guide will meet you up at 9:00 at your hotel or b&b in Palermo's city centre, at an extra fee of €15. The time may slightly vary according to the total number of participants; if your hotel or b&b is outside the city centre please contact us.
    • Duration: 3 hours.
    • Number of participants: 1-8, for more people please contact us.
    • Type of walk: open (people from different groups may join in), though limited to 8 people in total; for a private walk please contact us.
    • Location: Palermo's city centre.
    • Modality: on foot.
    • Dress code: no shorts and no sleeveless garment as not allowed in religious sites; it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.
    • Contribution: 1 person €99, 2 people €109, 3 people €119, 4 people €129, 5 people €139, 6 people €149, 7 people €159, 8 people €169.
    • Entry tickets: not included.