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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Simply Sammy (3 months ago)
From the sculptures to the architect, and of course the beautiful fountains. This is definitely an area you do not want to miss the chance to experience when in Palermo. If you dread walking they also have horse carriages that can give you a tour of it all in one hour for a reasonable price. Food and drinks are close by, and you are able to walk it off afterwards as you look into the little shops housing souvenirs, ceramics, and so much more.
ari prass (3 months ago)
Stunning identical Baroque houses with four fountain. Makes this spot so photogenic. Its a must place to visit when in Palermo. When sun goes down the light will appear make its looks so beautiful more. When you lucky there is street artist play some cool songs in the corner. Free admission so hurry up.
Petitek 18 (Rabbit_PL) (3 months ago)
Very charming building and not to mention it was very close to our rented apartment so almost every time we were going somewhere we had this on our way :D
Vladimir Balaz (4 months ago)
One of Palermo’s highlights. Four identical Baroque houses and four fountains create a photogenic place.
Martin Seidl (6 months ago)
Wonderful place surounded by four old and lovely palaces.
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