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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  • I was advised to visit Palazzo Bischeri. And voila. I found the Palace and free guided tour just started. An experience of great charm, projected back into the distant past of its former glory. Sumptuous, between richly decorated Baroque façades, frescoed rooms, natural and mythological depictions, stucco, crystal chandeliers, portraits and antique furniture, antique porcelain, elegantly decorated, with walls covered in inlaid Burl, velvets, damask, precious porcelain. An atmosphere of yesteryear, recreated even in the words from the Prince, who headed the visit inside halls, rooms, corridors, terraces, in a blaze of lights, mirrors, enriching the telling of anecdotes and quotations, and savor the pleasure of staying in an ancient noble palace. Educated man, shrewd and irony, noble traits, with that approach and the typical Sicilian warmth, a glowing reminder of ancient history and deeds was able to convey the sense of an era and re-create lost ambience: classical music piped into the great Salon, imagine dancing and theme parties, and then a path in one of the noble floor ... between shutters and Windows open, flashes of sunlight to illuminate rooms and precious collections enriched by antiques, ancient baths, stone tubs, beds in damask, Velvet armchairs ... Noble luxury. Not to be missed.
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  • A Baroque building with a beautifully frescoed Ballroom and Rococo salons. Is often used as a wedding venue. Made by Cicero as the owner, who explained the history of the building alongside the one (explained in a very ironic) of his family! So it stores much more easily!
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  • So the Prince named the staircase to the cupola for the orchestra. beautiful. the terrace with the sculptures that crumble in the Sun, once overlooked the sea, under the bridge. In the distance the Duomo di Storie di una Capinera. Eternal contrast of a Sicily beautiful and dramatic.
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  • Very nice place for hosting lunches and dinners. This is a former home of a prince. Visiting the main building, you are able to see at least four halls, which are decorated with old paintings and furnitures from past centuries. If you are planning to set or attending an event here, then you should know in advance that there is no air conditioning inside. It could be particularly painful when there are more than 150 people inside.
  • 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.
  • Very nice place to hold a party :)
  • It's a really nice place to visit
  • 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.

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Experience the charms of Sicily at your own pace by booking your stay at a private cottage or luxury villa in Catania. Family-owned cottages offer easy access to some of Sicily's finest beaches, while Catania's self-catering villas often feature sprawling yards and private swimming pools. To experience Sicilian nature and authentic way of life, consider staying at a working farm just outside Catania's city limits. A low-cost alternative, farms and B&Bs spread around the countryside offer comfortable rooms and excellent local food, just a short drive from the busy city center.
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