Wildly Baroque—Serpotta's Stuccoed Chapels

The rococo stucco work of Serpotta in the chapels of in Palermo

Giacomo Serpotta (1656–1732) was Palermo's master of elaborate stucco work who carried the baroque style to rococo heights (or excesses, depending on your tastes).

He crafted his statues and remarkably lifelike, action-packed reliefs out of molded plaster, and surrounded them with elaborate frameworks dripping with curlicues and cherubim.

His best work resides in three oratory chapels, though many other churches sport his artistic riches.

Serpotta's Palermo oratories

Other Serpotta works around Palermo

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You'll have to enlist a custodian

You'll have to enlist a custodian to unlock the door at most of the chapels, usually available 8am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm. Be sure to tip.

Tourist info

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

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www.palermotourism.com

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Airport: www.gesap.it
Port: www.portpalermo.it

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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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