In the next five weekends, from October 5 to November 4, it will be possible to visit the monuments of Palermo, thanks to Le Vie dei Tesori, a prestigious event at its twelfth edition. The sites open to the public has increased (as well as its success) over the years: at the first edition you could count open places on the fingers of one hand, but now they are 130, including some which never opened before. Moreover there are more than one hundred walks led by experts, botanists, journalists, writers; the Kids Festival for children, with themed workshops; the contemporary itinerary among private galleries that host exhibitions and installations, often designed specifically for Le Vie dei Tesori. And, finally, the Unesco Night arranged by the Unesco Sicilia Foundation, which will put a “tail” at the festival (9-11 November) with a weekend dedicated to the sites of the Arab Norman route.
Among the new places that it will be possible to visit, there are the Bourbon prison Ucciardone; the former Boccadifalco military airport, one of the oldest in Italy (you will visit the newly discovered anti-aircraft shelter and the most daring can take part in a “baptism flight” on a Piper); the “sirocco rooms” of Villa Naselli and Fondo Micciulla; the baroque church of the Madonna della Mercede, inside the picturesque Capo market; the Terranova artisanal candy factory and the Santa Rosalia treasure museum on Monte Pellegrino, inaugurated just two months ago. Finally there are the exclusive tours offered in collaboration with the Planeta winery: some art places will open at 7 pm when the queues finish and the public has gradually declined, for a visit conducted by a guest of honor, followed by a guided tasting of Planeta wines (October 5 at the Cupola del Santissimo Salvatore, October 13 at the Museum of the Risorgimento, October 19 at the Mill of Sant’Antonino, with a special oil tasting, October 26 at Palazzo Asmundo, November 3 in Villa Pottino).
Palazzo Asmundo offers every Friday and Saturday at 7pm an aperitif among its historical collections, in the halls overlooking the Cathedral, and a gala dinner (9pm) with a menu inspired by the recipes of the monsù, the French chefs of the noble families.
Most of the sites are open from 10am to 5.30pm, except for five sites of the contemporary itinerary that will open in the evening, from 6pm to 10pm. Eighteen sites can be visited only by reservation through the site, where you can find all the infos and the program as well.