Quattro Canti

The prettiest intersection in Sicily

Quattro Canti—"Four Corners"—is the nickname for old Palermo's dead-center intersection. The concave corner facades stack on top of their fountains three sculptural levels symbolizing the Seasons, above them the four Spanish kings of Sicily, and on top the patronesses of the city.

Today the site is choked by heavy traffic and its facades are black with pollution, but a recent cleaning has uncovered a glimmer of the grandeur the Quattro Canti must have enjoyed during Palermo's theatrical 17th century.

Around the corner is the Piazza Pretoria with its scandalous fountain.

 

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Quattro Canti
The intersection of Corso V. Emanuele and Via Maqueda
Open daily (it's just an intersection!)
Free (again: just a street corner)

Bus: 101, 102, 103, 104, 107, 122

Planning your time

You just notice this one on your way through. Thirty seconds, max.

Sunday Morning

Try to pass by on a Sunday morning, when Palermo traffic is relatively light. You might even be able to walk into the middle of the street to get a picture.

Tourist info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it

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Quattro Canti
The intersection of Corso V. Emanuele and Via Maqueda
Open daily (it's just an intersection!)
Free (again: just a street corner)

Bus: 101, 102, 103, 104, 107, 122
Tourist Info

Palermo tourist office
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
tel. +39-091-605-8351
www.turismopalermo.it
www.provincia.palermo.it/turismo

Also useful:
www.comune.palermo.it
www.palermotourism.com

Buses: www.amat.pa.it
Trains: www.trenitalia.com
Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it


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