Through the places of history, cultures, arts and traditions of Palermo`s people.
Voices guided me on the way to the palace “ And a fire enveloped everything, collapsing the stock cloths floor. Everything was built again – he was telling – the workers had to have the right high and weight to avoid the floor to collapse.” And the puppets were looking at me shouting : “we are the Puppets the Cuticchio’s children and we are in debt with the kids that were playing the ten melodies of cylinder plan. Do you hear Angel’s voices? And do you know why we weigh less than our Catania’s cousins? – going on – “Do you see the Beati Paoli and the bandit Masolino? Look closer and you will see Saint Rosalia and if you can’t read, don’t worry, there are posters with figures and puppets wearing renaissance dresses… trehundredsixtyone episodes of two hours each last the Charles Magnum and Paladins ‘s deeds… played from Cuticchio’s family”. A roar coming from the outside shaked me up and I realized the place: I was dreaming with open eyes, without sleeping. These were the voices of Branciforte’s Palace, tha was the place of “Mountain of Mercy and forfeit” that communicated to me the history and Palermo’s people soul with Saint Rosalia and Beati Paoli and now after bombing, fires and setting it received me inside, with its “Puppets”, bandits and saints in Palermo’s heart. Fivethousandssixhundredfifty square metres of surface readapted as cultural center from the Architect Gae Aulenti with its archeological finds collection and majolica (4751 pieces) and with Philatelic and Numismatic collections ( sycilian coins from the medieval to modern ages , from the Aragonese and Bourbon periods and about six centuries of Sycilian production, from 1282 to 1836, the year of the last production) with the popular half “tarì” of Ferdinando the Catholic and the 2 “tarì” of Filippo IV and the scultures. Ando so on with the Library with its 50000 books and the amazing spaces of Saint Rosalia ‘s Mount particular type of Wooden Architecture, office of temporary art exhibitions. The Branciforte’s Auditorium, gifted of technological equipment for conferences and cultural events. On the ground floor, the Taste of City, with the very popular cooking of Gambero Rosso and the Branciforte’s Restaurant. And in defense of Nicolò Placido Branciforte Lanza’ palace, Lord of Raccuja, the French Paladins: 109 puppets, gifts from the Cuticchio’s Family, puppets creator on excellence.