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Vittorio Emanuele Course and Porta Nuova

Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Porta Nuova

In the heart of Palermo UNESCO, the Arab-Norman itinerary

Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Porta Nuova

From the beginning, Palermo had a main road axis that runs it entirely from west to east, up to the sea, identifiable by the current Via Vittorio Emanuele, that the Palermitans keep on calling Cassaro, from the Arabic Al-Csar, castle, to name the road that led from the Palazzo dei Normanni to the sea, ending in the Foro Italico, in Porta Felice, built in 1581.

In Corso Vittorio Emanuele there are numerous noble palaces, artisan workshops and many of the most evocative churches in the city, such as the Cathedral, the S.S. Salvatore, the Convent of St. Joseph of the Teatini, the church of St. Matteo and the church of Portosalvo Al Mare.

At the western end, near the Norman Palace, you can access Via Vittorio Emanuele through Porta Nuova, built in 1583 designed to celebrate Charles V's victory in the Tunisi battle.

On the outer prospectus, there are the four imprisoned Moros, symbol of the victory of Charles V, and the eagle, symbol of Palermo. On the inner prospectus, marble busts represent peace, justice, truth and abundance, the virtues of the ‘Happy City’, as Palermo was called.

Over the years this street was changed multiple times, and the Roman and Baroque style were added to the Punic old town. It was the first with public lightning.

 

The B&B Il Giardino di Ballarò is near Porta Nuova and Corso Vittorio Emanuele

Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Porta Nuova are only a few minutes' walk from the B&B Il Giardino di Ballarò. Walking along Via Porta di Castro, the street where our bed and breakfast is located, and turning right into Via Generale Luigi Cadorna, you will reach Corso Vittorio Emanuele passing between Piazza della Vittoria and Piazza del Parlamento, from where you can admire the Royal Palace (or Palazzo dei Normanni). Porta Nuova will be to your left.

 

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