The present day Zisa garden, opened in 2005, with a surface area of 30,000m2, is a green expanse, rich in flowers and plants, which visually recreates the splendour of the ancient Genoard garden, considered to be the Paradise of the Earth. The colours are dominated by the white marble from the Alcamo and Castellammare del Golfo quarries, which was used to make the footpaths and the water channel.
The Zisa garden is divided into twelve footpaths where those who take a walk or spend a pleasant afternoon relaxing are intoxicated with the scent of typical Mediterranean scrub plants. A journey for the senses, surrounded by greenery, to ideally connect with the glorious past of Norman Sicily.
When visiting the Zisa, you can still hear the rustling of the slow flowing water which, after the latest restoration, has once again begun to gush inside the building. A channel, on an axis with the palace, connects the fountain room to a system of water basins which recall the splendour of the ancient Zisa, which comes from the Arabic word for splendid!