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Palazzo Biscari, Catania

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Palazzo Biscari is a private palace in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy.It was built by will of the Paternò Castello family, the princes of Biscari, starting from the late 17th century, lasting for much of the following century, after the devastations of the 11 January 1693 earthquake. The new palace was built directly against the city walls (Charles V's walls), which had partially withstood the earthquake.The oldest section was built under Ignazio, third prince of Biscari, who entrusted the project to architect Alonzo Di Benedetto. Ignazio's son, Vincenzo, commissioned the decoration of the seven large windows facing the seaside, by the Messinese sculptor Antonino Amato. Later the palace was modified under the fourth Prince, Ignazio Paternò Castello, who had it enlarged eastwards under design by Giuseppe Palazzotto and, later, by Francesco Battaglia. The building was finished in 1763 and inaugurated with big celebrations.The palace is accessed through a large portal facing via Museo Biscari, leading to the inner courtyard, which features a large double staircase. In the interior is the "Feasts Hall", in Roccoco style, with a complex decoration of mirrors, stuccoes and frescoes painted by Matteo Desiderato and Sebastiano Lo Monaco. The small dome, destined to the orchestra, has a frescoe depicting the glories of the Paternò Castello di Biscari family. It is accessed through a staircase decorated in stucco within the gallery facing the sea.Among the other rooms are the "Fief Room", featuring large canvasses of the Biscari feudataries; the "Princess Apartments", built by Ignazio V of Biscari for his wife, with pavements of ancient Roman marbles; the "Birds Gallery" and the "Don Quixote Room". There is also a museum, once housing the collection of Ignazio V, most of the material of which is now in the Castello Ursino in Catania.
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  • Built by the Paterno Castello family , Princes of Biscari , starting in the late 17th Cent. , ending in 1763 . Entering through a large gate on Via Museo Biscari will lead you into a large inner court...  more »
  • Well worth a visit to this stunning palazzo. Great atmosphere and beauty in every corner. Attended a private gala dinner - food was excellent as was the service. Go there if you can!  more »
  • The visit of this palace is free. Be aware that the palace is not open all the day. There is tree visits a day. We went for the visit in English at 12:00. It was really cool experience.  more »
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  • Very nice place to visite, especialy with the owner of the place for his delightfull story about the history of his family. Visite available in French, Italiant, English... Don't forget to call the place before going in order to know the next available visiting slots.
  • spectacular event space, old aristocratic palace in the heart of the historical catania
  • It was built by will of the Paternò Castello family, the princes of Biscari, starting from the late 17th century, lasting for much of the following century, after the devastations of the 11 January 1693 earthquake. The new palace was built directly against the city walls (Charles V's walls), which had partially withstood the earthquake.
  • Really beautiful space for events.
  • Nice old sicilian building. Also used as convention place.