Invitation to the Palace 2019

XVIII edition

Every year, on the first Saturday of October, the historic buildings that house banks and (since 2015) banking foundations all over Italy open their doors to the public. Free guided tours are provided.

The aim of the initiative is to provide tens of thousands of locals, tourists and enthusiasts with the opportunity to visit historic buildings that would normally be closed to the public, as they usually function as workplaces. During its latest editions, the initiative has been extended also to banks housed in modern buildings of great architectural value.

Every year the contest “An Image for the Invitation to the Palace” is also announced, in order to choose an official image for the event. The contest is open to all students attending Academies of Fine Arts and design schools.

In Palermo, both at Palazzo Branciforte and Villa Zito, the event starts at 9.30 a.m.

Palazzo Branciforte
Free guided tours starting at 9.30 a.m. (last tour: 6.30 p.m.) Reservations required. To book a tour call (+39) 091 7657621 or email (subject to availability).

Villa Zito
Free entrance from 9.30 a.m. (last entrance: 6.30 p.m.). For more information call (+39) 091 7782180 or email

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Largo Gae Aulenti, 2, 90133 Palermo PA
Tel: +39.091.8887767 – +39.091.7657621 (ticket office)



Until 29th August 2021

Palazzo Branciforte will be open 

on Saturday from 15 to 19

and on Sunday from 9.30 to 13.30

From March 1st to October 31st: Tuesday – Sunday from 9.30 to 19.30 (last admission 18.30)
From November 1st to February 28th: Tuesday – Sunday from 9.30 to 14.30 (last admission 13.30)
Closed on Monday

Guided tour: € 7 (full price), € 5 (Reduced price: groups minimum 15 persons, the over 65 and special concessions)
Free tour (ground floor: Archaeology, Majolica): € 3 (without guided tour)

Schools and children under 18 admission free of charge

Antonio Gerbino –
Tel: +39.091.8887767 – +39.335.413512