Cocozza Palace of Montanara
10.000th century palace with a wonderful garden of about XNUMX square meters.
The architectural layout of the building dates back to the second half of the XNUMXth century. Originally it belonged to the family of the counts of the Ratta of Caserta who, for defensive reasons, transformed the palace into a Guardhouse, an outpost for Casertavecchia. Later it belonged to the D'Amico family, later it passed to the Tomasi family and, through family ties, it was then inherited by the Cocozza family. The Palace is distributed on three levels and has a U-shaped plan, which encloses a central courtyard arranged as a garden, according to the Italian style. The main facade, which overlooks the main street of Casolla, is characterized by a large entrance portal in piperno, on which the family crest is placed (the Cocozza with the FF of Fidelis Familia)
The frames, in Piperno, help to date the façade, this stone was used in the Casolla area and in Caserta up to 600 replaced in 700 by the split tuff and the bellona stone in shades of beige, also used in the Royal Palace of Caserta. Until the end of the 800th century the openings in the façade were regular, characterized by square windows, which the Marchesa Cocozza then modified with the introduction of some windows with a neo-Catalan style.
Of significant interest is the semicircular tower, an ancient watchtower, leaning against the main façade, ending with a reused column-bearing lion, presumably coming from a portal of a Romanesque church. Heraldic coats of arms are still visible in the atrium of the palace. From the main entrance you reach the courtyard of the palace adjacent to the garden.
The apartments, completely redone between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, are accessed via an eighteenth-century staircase, with a perforated balustrade of Sanfeliciana derivation, similar in design and roof and cross vaults to other contemporary ones.
The three distinct wings overlook the courtyard, which characterize the U-shape of the Palace, of which the central one houses the representative apartments, the one on Via Cupa in San Pietro ad Montes is almost entirely intended for workplaces and the other part, (partially demolished due to a fire in 1860, during a clash with the Garibaldino-Piedmontese invaders) has the remains of a collèra perhaps part of the palace complex with narrow and long single-lancet windows on which wooden rods were placed, horizontally, for the drying, and the external walls are in rough exposed brick, typical of the typical structure of the collèra, unlike the plastered walls of the building.
The main body, on three distinct levels, has the main entrance at the level of the court, a noble floor characterized by a sequence of representative rooms with double facing onto via Montanara and the garden and a top floor, from which it is possible to admire Casertavecchia , Casolla and Caserta in the distance.
The rooms on the main floor maintain original details such as parts of terracotta flooring mixed with hand-painted majolica, a final stretch of stairs made of piperno, some fixtures, and cornices of tuff stones, currently not level with the flooring.
From the courtyard, through a spectacular piperno portal, surmounted by a gray tuff crenellation, you can access the second garden, in a "romantic" style. This space hosts a remarkable botanical heritage, characterized by Mediterranean and exotic species represented by centuries-old specimens, a pond and a series of sculptural elements (a well, nine fountains, an obelisk, an Ionic small temple with a circular plan) re-enacting the classical world. In particular, there are topiate wings of Laurus nobilis and Quercus ilex, a collection of lavenders (angustifolia, vera, dentata, etc.), many species of roses, Myrtus and Wisteria (wisteria).
On the opposite side of the road, in front of the palace, stands the private chapel of the Cocozza, dedicated to San Rocco. The adjacent green area is arranged with a productive orange grove, and is dotted with Phoenix canariensis. Other palms (Phoenix roebelenii and Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) are housed in “caisses de Versailles” in the welcoming greenhouse, used as a Winter garden.
The current landscaping is the work of the English architect Peter Curzon; the attribution of the original layout is controversial and is being examined by critics and historians of the gardens.
In 1969, Pier Paolo Pasolini used the palace to shoot the story of "Riccardo and Caterina" of his Decameron.
Historical research shows how the Palazzo went from a medieval fortress to a Renaissance palace and, finally, to a country residence and resting place when the Marquise Cocozza decided on minor restoration work.
Only the garden can be visited
Opening times Season 2021:
From May 1st to October 31st, the garden can be visited on Sundays with a guided tour at the following times:
10.00 hours - 11.30 hours
Entrance: Full € 5
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