The Cuba Castle is a well-preserved example of Arab-Norman architecture.
The Cuba Castle, only a 20 minute walk from the Zisa, is another impressive fortification in Palermo. Also known as the ‘Cuba Sottana,’ this castle -as most castles in Sicily- is in typical Arab-Norman architectural style. It has a rectangular shape and the exterior walls are decorated with steepened arches. In particular, it is characterised by the Arabic pavilion decorated with a stunning marble fountain inside.
Built in 1180 for the king Guglielmo II, the palaces purpose was recreational. Situated in the middle of an extensive green open space, the Genoardo park, it used to be part -with the ‘Cuba Soprana’ and the ‘Cubula’ palaces- of the royal entertainment quarters. So when you visit don’t forget to try and imagine what this castle would have been like and how much fun it could of been to be royalty in the norman period!
Admission Fee: €2.00 Full / €1.00 reduced
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 9.00-19.00 (last entrance 18.30)/ Sunday and holidays closed/ Free the first sunday of every month from 9.00-13.30 (last entrance 13.00)
Address: Corso Calatafimi 100, Palermo