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Lat: 38° 4' 48.26368" N - Long: 13° 30' 41.82186" E
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Curiosity, mystery, amazement are only some of the sensations that aroused by a visit to Villa Palagonia, the most famous of Bagheria's villas and one of the most visited places in Sicily.
Starting from the eighteenth century it was the destination of illustrious travelers who considered it as the most original place in the world.
It is called "Villa of Monsters" because of the strange figures that populate it.
It was built at the behest of Francesco Ferdinando Gravina and Crujllas, and was designed by the architect Tommaso Maria Napoli.
Work began in 1715.
Today access is from the back of the villa; the entrance has a scenographic staircase.
Particularly beautiful inside is the living room, whose ceiling is entirely covered with mirrors; the walls are decorated with fine marble, colored glass and marble monuments depicting various members of the Gravina family and some personalities from the ruling houses of Europe.
Adjacent to the hall are the chapel room and the billiard room; other rooms are part of private apartments, and cannot be visited.
The particularity of this villa, which has also inspired, among others, some scenes from the movie "Baaria" by Giuseppe Tornatore, is the parade of grotesque figures that adorn the walls of the elegant building and its garden.
The figures are made of tuff stone from Aspra (marine fraction not far away) and roughly carved.
They were made starting from 1747.
They represent fantastic animals, anthropomorphic figures, statues of women, ladies and knights, caricatures of musicians and fairy-tale characters.
The question remains: why Francesco Ferdinando Gravina Alliata, nephew of the villa's builder, decided to have these statues erected? For info tel: 091/932088
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