Si Trova: a Catania; facciata su via Dusmet, ingresso da via Museo Biscari
Lat: 37° 30' 7.414320" N - Long: 15° 5' 24.82784" E
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A dream home; this is Biscari Palazzo, the most beautiful and representative of the Catania baroque and also one of the oldest in Catania.
The Prince of Biscari Ignazio Paternò Castello obtained to build it shortly after the earthquake of 1693 over the remains of the sixteenth-century walls of the destroyed town.
The first architect who worked on the building was Alonzo Di Benedetto.
Ignazio's son, Vincenzo Paternò Castello, commissioned the splendid decoration of the large windows overlooking the marina, by the sculptor Antonino Amato.
Subsequently the palace was extended towards the east on a project by Girolamo Palazzotto and finally by Francesco Battaglia, all great names in Catanese architecture.
With Ignazio Paternò Castello the palace housed a museum that was visited by many and illustrious travelers, among which the name of Goethe stands out; the museum collections were subsequently donated to the municipality and transferred to the Castello Ursino Civic Museum.
While hosting the private homes of the prince's descendants, some wings of Palazzo Biscari can be visited.
The building has around seven hundred rooms.
In the entrance courtyard there is a beautiful double flight of steps, made of lava stone.
Inside, the great central hall stands out for its beauty, about twenty meters long and eleven wide, very decorated with mirrors, stuccoes and frescoes, a triumph of the Rococo style, with a peculiarity that makes it unique: a lodge for musicians.
A spiral staircase placed in the gallery between the living room and the windows of the main facade is wonderful.
The façade on the external balcony is richly decorated with high-reliefs that symbolize abundance, prosperity, fertility and wisdom.
Among the private apartments, with access from the back of the living room, there is a precious bathroom decorated with wood inlays and a Roman floor in polychrome marble from the excavations of the Catania thermal baths.
A curiosity: in 2008 the British band Coldplay shot a video clip - Violet Hill - in the entrance courtyard of the building.
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