Danisinni Experience

A journey of knowledge of Palermo’s soul where we will explore a magical place, we will meet associations and people committed to improving the conditions of the inhabitants in difficulty and we will discover how many stories, Arab qanats, and rivers still flow inside Palermo.

Danisinni Experience is the ideal experience for those who want to explore the inner soul of Palermo.
Danisinni is a fascinating place located where once flowed the city's rivers and grew Papyrus plants.

The underground connection with the water of the Nile was in the beliefs of the ancients. Thanks to the abundance of water, until a little more than a century ago, the district was whitened by the clothes hung from the laundresses that served the nobility of the city.

Today visiting Danisinni is like traveling through time and space, in the city center but in the silence of the countryside; like staying in Palermo and in Jerusalem at the same time, as its Arab stairs recall. The self-built houses in the neighborhood, decorated with street art, remind of La Boca in Buenos Aires or the colorful Brazilian Favela. Roaming swarms of children in the neighborhood will make you feel in Africa or in South East Asia.

For years isolated, unknown and among the poorest in Palermo, nowadays this district keeps a strong popular identity which has not prevented its inhabitants, however, to open up to the city, also thanks to the inclusion in the layout of the UNESCO trail.

Thanks to a very active parish in the area, in Danisinni everything happens: donkeys and goats graze in the gardens of the educational farm, actors and acrobats teach circus arts and theater to the children of the neighborhood under the circus tent. The ladies are happy to teach the tastiest traditional recipes to those who want to immerse in Palermo for good.

Dinisinni will surprise anyone with its distinctive way to raise up and improve.

Perfect for

anyone interested in the social issues of a changing neighborhood.

What you'll need:

comfortable outfit.

Who you'll meet:

the inhabitants and who is socially active in the transformation of Danisinni.

Where

Duration

2h

Meeting point

Cathedral of Palermo, Via Vittorio Emanuele

Included

Walking tour

Not included

Transfer to the meeting point