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Palazzo Biscari, Catania
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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.Add Palazzo Biscari and other attractions to your Catania trip itinerary using our Catania vacation trip planner.
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We were very lucky that the Palazzo was opening during our stay in Catania. We had a really informative tour given by one of the owners. The ballroom is breathtaking. The wonderful paintings on the ce... read more »
You get to see some six ground floor rooms with a commentary from the owner, who is multi- lingual. But the tours are multi-lingual too, which may mean that in a tour of twenty or so people, where you... read more »
Bel palazzo nel centro vecchio di Catania. Molto bella la facciata esterna dal lato opposto dell'ingresso, e gli affreschi dell'ampia sala interna in cui si svolgono cene. L'unico problema in questi c... read more »Beautiful building in the old centre of Catania. Very nice the exterior façade across the entrance, and the frescoes of the large dining room where you play. The only problem in these cases is that you suffer from hot even late at night.show original
Really beautiful space for events.
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.
Nice old sicilian building. Also used as convention place.
Santi RoggioThe mansion is private property but it is always possible to visit prior appointment and with the wise guidance of the owner. The Interior is still in very good structural condition. A special note for the ballroom that still today is used for social events such as weddings and parties of the armed forces.show original
Salvo MorinaAwesome historic place, well worth a visitshow original
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