Invitation to the Palace 2019

XVIII edizione

Every year, on the first Saturday of October, the historic buildings that house banks and (since 2015) banking foundations all over Italy open their doors to the public. Free guided tours are provided.

The aim of the initiative is to provide tens of thousands of locals, tourists and enthusiasts with the opportunity to visit historic buildings that would normally be closed to the public, as they usually function as workplaces. During its latest editions, the initiative has been extended also to banks housed in modern buildings of great architectural value.

Every year the contest “An Image for the Invitation to the Palace” is also announced, in order to choose an official image for the event. The contest is open to all students attending Academies of Fine Arts and design schools.

In Palermo, both at Palazzo Branciforte and Villa Zito, the event starts at 9.30 a.m.

Palazzo Branciforte
Free guided tours starting at 9.30 a.m. (last tour: 6.30 p.m.) Reservations required. To book a tour call (+39) 091 7657621 or email (subject to availability).

Villa Zito
Free entrance from 9.30 a.m. (last entrance: 6.30 p.m.). For more information call (+39) 091 7782180 or email

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Via della Libertà 52, 90143 Palermo



Until 29th August 2021

Villa Zito will be open

on Saturday from 15 to 19

and on Sunday from 9.30 to 13.30

From 6 August 2021, entrance is allowed only to visitors with a valid Green Pass accomanied by an ID.

Please Note: without the Green Pass and a valid ID you will not be able to access the museum

For more infomrations about the Green Pass click here

From March 1st to October 31st: Monday – Sunday from 9.30 to 19.30
From November 1st to February 28th: Monday – Sunday from 9.30 to 14.30
Last entrance one hour before
Closed on Tuesday

Full price € 5
Reduced price (groups minimum 15 persons, the over 65 and special concessions) € 3

Guided tour by reservation only.
Schools and children under 18 admission free of charge.

Antonio Gerbino –
Tel: +39.091.8887767 – +39.335.413512