Castro Polara Grimaldi Palace:
Castro Polara Grimaldi Palace It is located in the heart of Modica Alta, in a unique position. From its balconies you can enjoy a view that embraces a large part of the historic center, from the imposing Cathedral of San Giorgio, located a few tens of meters, to the noble buildings of the Upper and Lower, to neighborhoods perched on the hills of the city .
From the 1903, year of completion of the current building, the interiors have remained intact: furniture, wallpapers, frescoes, paintings and pottery. The signs of the time have not been erased, as if to preserve the atmosphere unaltered and keep alive the ancient traditions of the house.
The style of the interior has the typical flavor of Sicilian noble palaces built between the end of 800 and the beginnings of 900. The sumptuous details and decorations, made by the best local artisans, give the halls the unmistakable taste of the local nobility: frescoes of landscapes, wallpapers in splendid satins, vases and furnishings of the most precious manufacture.
All this makes the Palazzo a lideal for private parties, exclusive dinners but also for photo shoots and videos (Palazzo Castro Grimaldi was the set of some scenes of the famous television fiction "Il commissario Montalbano").
Only the main floor is open and rentable, most of the building can not be visited and requires restoration that will be possible thanks to the proceeds of the activities that take place in the Palazzo.
Palazzo Castro-Polara Grimaldi stands at the foot of the Cathedral of San Giorgio. Its central location offers a unique view of the city of Modica. The history of the palace has its roots in the seventeenth century and originally its appearance was different from the current one.
After the great earthquake of 1693, which devastated the Val di Noto, reaping victims and razing most of the cities, the noble Castro family, knights and important landowners in Sicily, built their home in Modica.
The original structure was that of a villa in the city: a single large body, on three levels, surrounded on two sides by a large garden, another side housed the quarters for the horses and the deposits for the carriages.
One of the peculiarities of the Palazzo is having two main elevations: the first, which allows access to the interior of the dwelling, more discreet and hidden; the other, which rises majestically over Modica and which has a balcony about 20 meters long, from which you can enjoy an unparalleled view.
In 1890 Francesco Castro-Polara, the eldest son of three children, married the young Donna Grazietta Grimaldi as wife. Donna Grazietta belonged to one of the most illustrious Modica families of the time, descended from a cadet branch of the Grimaldi Princes of Monaco. Following their wedding, the knight Francesco Castro-Polara and his wife decided to make important changes to the Palace, expanding it and giving it its current appearance, more in keeping with the liberty taste of the time. In addition, following the expansion of the road that connects the lower part of the city with the upper part, the plan of the Palace, which greatly restricted the course, acquired the peculiar trapezoidal shape that it still has today. The renovation and modernization works ended in 1903, the date shown at the entrance to the main floor.
On January 14, 1917 the knight Francesco Castro-Polara died, leaving his wife Grazietta widow and childless.
The woman, who refused to remarry, dedicated her life to study, spirituality, faith and care for the most needy. She was a great benefactor and contributed to the sustenance and maintenance of numerous religious, seminarians and young lay people in Modica.
On the death of Donna Grazietta Grimaldi - penultimate descendant of the Grimaldi barons of Calamezzana - in 1960, the Palace was inherited by the grandson lawyer Raffaele Tommasi Rosso, who lived there until his death, retaining much of the original furniture, entire collections of porcelain and cutlery of absolute value. The Palace still belongs to the direct descendants of Raffaele Tommasi Rosso, who keep the memory and style of their ancestors alive.
The history of Modica
The city is located in the southern area of the Iblei Mountains and is divided into two original areas: Modica Alta, whose buildings almost climb the rocks of the mountain, and Modica Bassa, downstream, where the two rivers Ianni Mauro once flowed and Pozzo dei Pruni, then covered due to the numerous floods, and where Corso Umberto I, the main street and historic site of the city, is currently located.
Until the early 1900s, the presence of 17 bridges along the banks of the two rivers, which allowed the passage of men, animals and wagons from one side to the other, meant that in one of the first editions of the Encyclopaedia Treccani (1934), Modica was called the most singular city in Italy, after Venice.
Modica is located about 15 km from Ragusa in the Val di Noto, in the south-eastern part of Sicily. In 2002 it was included by UNESCO among the World Heritage cities.
A jewel of Baroque art, it is known worldwide for its gastronomic production, including its famous chocolate.
The prevailing style of the monuments present in Modica is late Baroque, but more specifically, as regards Modica. Very few remains of the city remain before the devastating earthquake of 1693: the Palatine chapel kept inside the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem, the Church and the adjacent cloister of Santa Maria del Gesù and the Gothic portal of the church of Carmine.
The Veronese poet and writer Lionello Fiumi described his trip to Modica in the sixties of the twentieth century with the words of a newspaper: “Modica is an unexpected marvel. It is a bizarre, unique effect, something even unreal as seen in the deforming prism of the dream, like an immense phantasmagorical fairytale building, which, instead of floors, was made of layers of houses. From this pile up, bell towers and bell towers stand out. "
The services of Palazzo Castro Grimaldi:
Palazzo Castro-Polara Grimaldi is located in Corso San Giorgio and from all its sides you can admire Modica in all its splendor: the imposing cathedral of San Giorgio, the churches of San Giovanni and San Pietro, the Castle of the Counts, the theater Garibaldi, the Jewish quarter with its small houses perched on the hill and all the buildings and perched houses that go from Modica Alta to Modica Bassa.
To make the noble floor unique is the authenticity of its living rooms, dining and tea rooms, the party room and the bedrooms.
Since 1903 the interiors have not been changed anymore. The signs of aging have not been erased, as if they wanted to keep the fragments of Sicilian life and culture unaltered, belonging to a by now remote past.
The style of the interiors has the precise flavor of the noble palaces built between the late 800s and the early 900s.
The sumptuous details and decorations made by the best local craftsmen give the rooms the unmistakable taste of the local nobility: frescoes of landscapes, wallpapers in splendid satin, vases and furnishings of the most precious manufacture of Caltagirone.
All this makes the Palazzo the ideal location for exclusive dinners but also for photo and video shooting (Palazzo Castro-Polara Grimaldi was the set of some scenes of the famous television fiction "Il commissario Montalbano").
At the moment only the main floor of the building is open to the public and usable: a large part of it is closed and requires restoration that will be possible thanks to the proceeds from the rent of the location itself.
Palazzo Castro-Polara Grimaldi is available for:
• Location rental for private events, exclusive dinners, meetings and incentives but also for photo shoots and promotional videos, cooking classes, team building and workshops. It is also possible to rent the entire noble floor for short periods and have a private butler / monsù.
• Guided visits: it will be possible to visit the main floor thanks to a guide who will accompany guests throughout the entire route. The visits can be booked on request for groups of minimum 10 people by contacting us at: [Email protected]
All services can be customized upon request.
Phone: + 39 328 0534920
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