A Different Kind of Feast for the Eyes


My highlight of today’s adventures in Palermo, in terms of sightseeing, was a visit to the private museum, Stanze al Genio, a collection of majolica ceramic floor tiles focused on designs from Naples and Sicily created from the end of the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Housed in the 17th-century Palazzo Torre Piraino in Palermo’s historic center (precisely Kalsa, for those who want to know), when Julia and I stepped through the door of the antique palazzo, we walked through the ground-floor stables (There aren’t animals in these quarters any longer, but I finally understood the concept of the family’s stables being below the main living areas of such a home.).

An appointment is required to visit Stanze al Genio museum, so, be sure to call ahead, because slots fill-up! Such a planned visit is well worth it if you are a ceramics fan like me. The co-owner and guide spent a full hour with us explaining in-detail the history, materials, and relationships between the various tile designs (By the way, did I mention, it’s actually the owners’ residence?). It’s really a site to see, and definitely an off-the-beaten-path experience. Come with me, I’ll show you the way! 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire walsh says:

    So beautiful and amazing! It is good to know that you know how to get admission to these special galleries so efficiently 🎆🎆🎆

    1. That’s why having a Sicily specialist plan your trip is worth every penny. We’ll tailor the itinerary to your passions!

  2. Hi Allison, I’m finally diving into emails I haven’t opened since the Cleveland trip! This room is stunning. I love the gold tone to the photo, and the ceramic tiles are each so beautiful. I can see the artistic value, and the craftsmen/artists are obviously at the top of their game! Thanks for sharing this experience and beauty. <3

    1. It’s a unique and spectacular place to visit. I’m glad that Cleveland was a great trip!

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