The historic core of Palermo is located around Vittorio Emanuele street. The major touristic highlights of Palermo (Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque churches, palaces and buildings) are located here. Quattro Canti, officially known as Piazza Vigliena, is a baroque square with four richly decorated building facades facing each other. It was set up between 1608 and 1620 by Giulio Lasso at the intersection of Via Maqueda and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Near Quattro Canti, along Via Maqueda lies Piazza Pretoria where the baroque Pretoria fountain is located. Teatro Massimo is a neoclassical opera house located in Verdi square, the biggest in Italy, and was opened in 1897.

01 Chiesa del Gesu church 02 Dome of St Caterina church 03 Pretoria square 04 Pretoria fountain and St Caterina church 05 Pretoria fountain and St Caterina church
06 Quattro Canti west facade 07 Quattro Canti west facade 08 Quattro Canti west facade 09 Quattro Canti square 10 Interior of Santissimo Salvatore church
11 Interior of Santissimo Salvatore church 12 Quattro Canti square 13 Teatro Massimo opera house 14 Teatro Massimo at night
15 Teatro Massimo Lion statue 16 Domenico e Chiostro church 17 Domenico e Chiostro church 18 Column on Domenico square 19 Building facade on Via Roma
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