Catania Sicily luxury real estate for sale
Historic 'piano nobile' palace residence for sale in Catania Sicily
This historic palazzo is located in the heart of Catania, Sicily. Designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini, the Sicilian palace was built in early 1700 and was originally the home of the aristocratic Villermosa family and later the Paternò family.
The first floor of the property was later divided into several units while the 2nd floor, the 'piano nobile' has remained intact, embellished and subjected to constant maintenance.
The prestigious 'piano nobile' palace residence for sale boast a total living area of 1,700m2 with triple aspects and several balconies facing each direction including 11 balconies overlooking Via Etnea. The superb apartment is accessed by a grand ceremonial staircase in marble with statues and bronzes, by two staircases in common with other property units or by a service staircase.
The property's grand opulence is particularly evident in the 'Halls of Representation' which are decorated according to the characteristics of the Neapolitan noble houses. Immediately after the monumental staircase you have access to a Central Hall, that overlooks on Via Etnea. On the right hand side is the “hall of arts”, “the hall of times”, the billiard room and the magnificent Ballroom with a mezzanine floor for the orchestra, as well as the smoking-room. All the rooms are decorated with original frescoes, stucco, silk paintings, antique furniture and grand mirrors.
On the left of the Central Hall, overlooking the Via Etna, lies the more informal rooms for day to day living. The overlying mezzanine includes accommodation for servants and bathroom, laundry, storage.
Ornaments and chandeliers are all original and uniquely tailored to the rooms and therefore part of the real estate.
Previous owners of the palace residence in Sicily include five generations of Paternò, Marquis of Toscano, the Dukes of Roccaromana and Princess Caracciolo.