Quattro Canti

Palermo, Italy

Quattro Canti was laid out on the orders of the Viceroys between 1608-1620 by Giulio Lasso and Mariano Smiriglio at the crossing of the two principal streets in Palermo, the Via Maqueda and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

The piazza is octagonal, four sides being the streets; the remaining four sides are Baroque buildings, the near-identical facades of which contain fountains with statues of the four seasons, the four Spanish kings of Sicily, and of the patronesses of Palermo, (Christina, Ninfa, Olivia and Agata). The facades onto the interchange are curved, and rise to four floors; the fountains rise to the height of the second floor, the third and fourth floors contain the statues in niches. At the time the piazza was built, it was one of the first major examples of town planning in Europe.



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Beat A. Schwendimann (2 years ago)
The Quattro Canti can be described as the center point of Palermo. Four major roads meet at this crossroad. The walls of each corner are adorned with large, classical statues.
Betta Rautio (2 years ago)
When we arrived to the “four corners” we noted the buildings and as we were starting to part a man giving horse buggy rides (we were quoted €60 for an hour ride) sì asked me if I wanted to see nude people around the corner! Since I understand and speak a little Italian I said sure. And sure enough in front of the city there was a huge fountain full of nude statues! We laughed. He shared a lot of information on location of markets, piazzas, etc. As we walked away to visit the Church in the southwest corner some street performers showed up and it started to get very crowded. The street leading to the Quattro Canti is supposedly pedestrian only but be mindful of scooters, vespas, bikes, police cars, and service vehicles. They will zip pretty close to you so move your bums! This area did seem to have less litter and trash than the others we visited.
SEAN (2 years ago)
Really nice square in Palermo. Still well maintained and really gives that historical perspective in the area. There are loads of tourists around. So going early is highly recommended if any like to avoid the crowd. Definitely nice insta spot
Chris Cocek (2 years ago)
Very interesting cross roads of Palmero. Go early in the morning when no crowds. Each corner has several representations the bottom level being the seasons. Each corner catches the most sunlight during that particular season! Very cool!
Aditya Raghunath (2 years ago)
Vibrant confluence of the 4 main streets of Palermo. Soak in all the energy from the hustle bustle and the street performances that happen here. And after dusk, the lit streets look even more gorgeous!
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