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Palazzo Francavilla

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Palazzo Francavilla in Palermo

Il Palazzo Francavilla has its entrance on the via Ruggiero Settimo and overlooks Piazza Verdi di fronte al Massimo Opera House. Found in 1783 in the Palermitan countryside as a residence of the not noble Ignazio Barone, has two specific characteristics: to have benefited from the urban expansion of the city carried out in the 1778 and to have been purchased in the 1801 by Saverio Oneto and Gravina Duca di Sperlinga, noble aristocrat of the time, very close to the Bourbon king of Naples, who for health reasons had been forced to leave his city palace and move to the countryside, beyond Porta Maqueda.

Inside we find decorations by important exponents of the artistic panorama of the eighteenth century and of the period Liberty; you can appreciate the works of Giuseppe Velasco, Giuseppe Patania, Christmas Card, Ernesto Basile, Giuseppe Enea, Rocco Lentini e Luigi di Giovanni.

The great opportunity that is offered to those who have the opportunity to visit the main floor of this important historic home is to breathe the cultural atmosphere that lived in Palermo in the eighteenth century, that lived in the Liberty period.

History

Il Palazzo Francavilla has its entrance on the Via Ruggiero Settimo and faces Piazza Verdi opposite the Massimo theater. Built in 1783 in the Palermo countryside as the home of the non-noble Ignazio Barone, it has two specific characteristics: to have benefited from the urban expansion of the city carried out in 1778 and to have been purchased in 1801 by Saverio Oneto and Gravina Duca di Sperlinga, a noble aristocrat of the time, very close to the Bourbon king of Naples, who for health reasons had been forced to leave his city palace and move to the countryside, beyond Porta Maqueda.

Il Duke of Sperlinga not wanting to give up the luxury he was accustomed to, he called Giuseppe among others Velasco, Giuseppe Patania it is Christmas Paper Industry to fresco the tramontana lounges, which were furnished with the most important furniture of his old townhouse. The modest country building was thus transformed into a noble palace worthy to compete with those who were in the city.

The Russian court (1845-1846 years) and numerous exponents of European nobility and culture, attracted by the climate and the beauty of the city, loved to stay in the "Palermo Felicissima"Of the nineteenth century.

Luigi Majorca and Mortillaro Count of Francavilla, heir of the Dukes of Sperlinga, in the 1893, to redo the facade of the building and give the final layout of the interior, he called Ernesto Basile already known for having collaborated with his father G. Battista Filippo in the construction of the Teatro Massimo. The g