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Palace of Transo

A charming XNUMXth century residence in the medieval center of Sessa Aurunca
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Transo Palace in Sessa Aurunca

The "Palazzo di Transo" is an ancient residence whose construction dates back to the fifteenth century, but over time it has undergone successive extensions and resizing. Located in the medieval part of Sessa Aurunca near the Romanesque Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, it is adjacent to the Church of S. Giovanni a Piazza, which was accessed via a direct connection. A small choir is still visible in the church, where the Transo family could attend religious services until the 60s.

Through a small courtyard open on Corso Lucilio and through a late sixteenth-century portal, you enter a large partially covered atrium where in 1800 a sarcophagus from the third century AD found in the fief of Le Vagnole was placed. On the atrium there are the ancient stables and two eighteenth-century doors of the remittances alienated and become commercial shops. A short staircase leads to the kitchen, to the woodshed, now transformed, and to the cistern below. The latter excavated in Roman times is formed by a series of environments where in ancient times there were water reserves. Currently the premises are used as cellars. A further staircase leads to the nineteenth-century style noble floor in excellent condition following an excellent conservative restoration. Upstairs there is the ancient family historical archive notified by the Superintendency of Historical and Archival Heritage; due to its size and the importance of the documents preserved, it is considered by scholars in the sector to be one of the largest parchment nuclei in private hands, certainly a unicum as regards Southern Italy

In the citrus grove there is a cave-nymphaeum, probably built at the end of the sixteenth century, of "extraordinary charm thanks to the particular use of volcanic tartar and plaster imitating Roman walls"[1].


Private events

The charm of the residence makes it a place that lends itself perfectly to the realization of different types of events: weddings, receptions, conferences, exhibitions, cultural events etc. For these purposes, 120 seats outside and 100 seats inside are available.

Bed & Breakfast

Inside the building there are 3 comfortable double bedrooms with bathroom. An ideal place for charming stays in the historic center of Sessa Aurunca.

Business events and congresses

The building is an excellent choice for companies interested in organizing meetings and conferences in a refined setting.

Chamber music concerts


Writings, monuments, tombstones, archival documents, as well as numerous writers and historians, ancient and modern, report news of the ancient origin of the Transo family, whose most illustrious members, among which the progenitor Bonomolo stands out, have held prestigious positions and lent their services to the Court of Charles I, Robert and Giovanna I of Anjou, Ferdinand I, Alfonso II and Frederick of Aragon, and of the emperor Charles V. The same sources attest that a branch of the family of Transo, emigrated to France in the early Middle Ages gave rise to the illustrious French family de Villeneuve, which has the pride of having given to the Church the Blessed Rozellina of the Cistercian Order and to the Sovereign Military Order Gerosolomitano Eleon, Grand Master in Rhodes.

The Transo family is originally from Provence and was named after the Lordship of Tramps near Marseille. Amilcare, commander of a thousand Provençal knights, led his family to Naples following Charles I of Anjou (1226-1285). It was at the time of the reign of Queen Giovanna I (1327-1382) that Bello di Transo, together with Nicolò Toraldo, was invested with the government of the city of Sessa.

Bonomolo di Transo, founder of the current Transo family, captain general of the Gaeta galleys, president of the Royal Chamber, was Councilor of State and family member of Queen Giovanna II (1373-1435) and the kings Alfonso I of Aragon (1481- 1500), to whom he lent a large sum of money. When Charles VIII, King of France (1470-1498) took and sacked Gaeta, the members of the Transo family stood out for being the main defenders of the square. Twenty-two of them died in battle. The only survivor was Bonomolo, who in 1495 settled in Sessa for having married a member of the Marzano family, then dukes of Sessa.

Giovan Francesco was cavalry captain of Emperor Charles V (1500-1558). At that time, the people of Transo wore the robes of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (1502).

There are monuments of the Transo family in Naples in the churches of the SS. Annunziata and Sapienza. In Sessa Aurunca in the Duomo, in the churches of Carmine, S. Antonio and S. Domenico and on the Porta Maggiore of the city. In Gaeta in the church of S. Francesco.

This family enjoyed nobility in the city of Naples at the Seggi di Capuano, Nido, Montagna (conferred on Bonomolo on 29 August 1432) and Porto, in the city of Sessa at the Seggio S. Matteo, in the city of Tropea at the Seggio Portecole, also occupied Seats in the cities of Gaeta, Messina, Nicotera, France and England. In Gaeta the Transo family built the Church of S. Teodoro, now called the Church of S. Angelo.

Very numerous were the fiefs owned by the Transo family, including the County of Avellino, the duchies of Corigliano, Precacuore and S. Agata in 1614 and the Principality of Casoleto in 1701.

For a better understanding of the Transo family, whose patrician and feudal nobility is widely documented, see the documents collected in the major historical, heraldic and genealogical works of the kingdom of Naples.

[1] See Prof. Giuseppe Pignatelli Spinazzola, “The palace of Transo in Sessa Aurunca. A long settlement path between four and eight hundred "in"The Transo Archive in Sessa Aurunca. An inventory of the XNUMXth century"By Carolina Belli, Naples, Neapolitan Society of Homeland History 2020, pag. 41.

Park or garden
Beds: 6
Places For Events: 120
Set In Outdoors: Si
Set In Interior: Si
Set In Garden: Si
Vehicles accessibility for Events: Si
Address: Corso Lucilio, 39
Country: Italy

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