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Palazzo dei Normanni
West along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, past the waving palms in Piazza della Vittoria, rises the fortress palace of Palazzo dei Normanni (Palazzo Reale; tel 0917054317; fax 09170547 37; Piazza Indipendenza l; admission incl. Cappella Palatina, 9am-noon & 2-5pm Mon-Sat, 9am-noon Sun; group visits must be prebooked by fax), once the centre of a magnificent medieval court and now the seat of the Sicilian parliament.
Guided tours take you through the Sicilian parliamentary assembly and to the sumptuous Sala di Ruggero Il, the King's former bedroom where some of the only secular mosaics of the day still decorate the walls with Persian peacocks and exotic leopards.