Villa Testasecca in Caltanissetta
Built in the second half of the nineteenth century by Count Ignazio Testasecca, a wealthy mining entrepreneur, the villa represents a unicum, for grandeur and charm, in the territory of the province of Caltanissetta.
The layout and the distribution of the interiors follow the typical scheme of the residences of the Sicilian aristocracy of the eighteenth century.
The villa is spread over three elevations, and has an approximately square plan.
The main entrance is located on the north side, while on the south side there is a wide and scenic staircase that leads to the lower terraces of the garden. The latter surrounds the villa on all 4 sides, encircling it with lush vegetation and paths rich in artistic testimonies.
The external elevations are characterized by the contrast between the Pompeian red plaster of the flat surfaces and the giant white pilasters. The balcony of the great hall rests on the entrance portal, flanked by free columns.
All the interiors of the villa have been restored with care and respect for the original architecture, and furnished with taste and skill.
The history of Villa Testasecca
Villa Testasecca was built in the second half of the nineteenth century, along the driveway that connects Caltanissetta with San Cataldo.
The commissioner of the work was Commendatore Ignazio Testasecca, a wealthy mining entrepreneur, later appointed count by the king of Italy for his merits in the philanthropic field, having financed and commissioned the Ricovero di Mendicità in the city of Caltanissetta.
Villa Testasecca was alienated by the heirs of Count Testasecca in 1972, and since then it has been owned by the Benza family who, with dedication and passion, have overseen its renovation and furnishings over the years.
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