A glance at the Grand Tour


Palazzo Branciforte hosts a display of 52 graphic works and 16 volumes made between 1776 and 1845 from the collections of Fondazione Sicilia, which make an exquisite exhibition dedicated to the Grand Tour and promoted by Fondazione Sicilia with the support of Civita Sicilia.

Between the 18th and 19th centuries, Sicily was a favourite regular destination of travellers who would cross Europe to improve their education and feel the taste of adventure. The Grand Tour was the opportunity for artists to paint stunning views and landscapes, which then became also engravings and were published in rare volumes of the time.

The exhibition illustrates the theme of the Classical world, a driving force for travellers to set off on a long trip to Sicily. Among the authors stand out names such as Louis-Francois Cassas, Jean-Pierre Louis Laurent Houel, Claude Louis Chatelet, Luigi Mayer and Franz Hegui only to name a few.

The exhibition provides a wealth of educational events. Every day at 6:30 pm individual visitors can enjoy a one-hour guided tour for the cost of €5.00 and it is possible to book a tour in Italian and English for groups.

25 july – 1 november 2015

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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 – gerbino@civita.it
Tel: +39.091.8887767 – +39.335.413512