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 of important exponents of the artistic panorama of the eighteenth century and of the period Liberty; you can appreciate the work 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.
Il Palazzo Francavilla has its entrance on the Via Ruggiero Settimo and faces Piazza Verdi opposite the Massimo theater. Built in the 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, aristocratic nobleman of time, very close to the king Bourbon 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 used to, he called Joseph among others Velasco, Giuseppe Patania it is Christmas Menu 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 great architect and other talented artists, who collaborated with him, did not miss the opportunity to demonstrate to the educated and rich client the value of their professionalism.
The Basile, in addition to the facade and the two large halls, designed the furniture of the entrance hall and the windows where the clothes of the ladies and noblemen of the family are exposed. He also decorated the gallery painted by Giuseppe Enea, example of one of the most beautiful floral of the Liberty Palermo.
The vaults of the corner living rooms were frescoed by Rocco Lentini, Luigi Di Giovanni and Giuseppe Enea who were considered the most prominent artists of the period. But the atmosphere of the last Sicilian Gattopardi lives on entering Majorchiana library drawn by Basile. The volumes collected there bear the ex libris where the weapons of the Dukes of Sperlinga and the Marquises of Villarena are engraved. More than half of the volumes are Sicilian, many of which come from library of the great historian Vincenzo Mortillaro.
The current owners love to say that love for art is the most important legacy they received from their ancestors, whose faces sculpted by Benedetto Civiletti and Mario Rutelli embellish the walls of the Hall of the Palace Medallions.
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 both the cultural atmosphere that lived in Palermo in the eighteenth century and that lived in the Liberty period.
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