Palace of Trigona di Canicarao

Search Hotel, B&B and Vacation Homes

Palazzo Trigona di Cannicarao is one of the three noble residences that can be admired along Corso Cavour in Noto. Together with Palazzo Di Lorenzo Castelluccio and Palazzo Astuto, it contributes to the beauty of the second most important street in the city. Built in the 18th century by the Trigona family, today the building is divided into two parts. One belongs to the Municipality of Noto and is used for events and exhibitions. The other part is a prestigious hotel.

The history of Palazzo Trigona di Cannicarao

The construction of Palazzo Trigona di Cannicarao was commissioned by Gaspare Maria Trigona or his son Bernardo Maria, who succeeded his father in 1777. Initially designed by the architect Rosario Gagliardi, it was completed by Vincenzo Sinatra and the brothers Paolo and Bernardo Labisi. In fact, the façade facing the street and the western wing were completed before the eastern wing. In the 19th century, the semicircular garden wall on the first floor and the roof garden on the east side were added. Today the palace seems to be divided into two parts. One is owned by the Municipality of Noto, which has built a conference hall named after Rosario Gagliardi and various rooms for art exhibitions. The second part remained in the possession of the Trigona family. With the death of Agatina Trigona, Baroness of Frigintini, in 2017, this wing of the palace was sold and now houses a prestigious hotel.

The architecture and the exterior of Palazzo Trigona di Cannicarao

Palazzo Trigona is one of the most interesting examples of private buildings in Noto. It presents a “U” plan, a typical solution adopted in many residential buildings in the city. The façade of the palace is divided into two horizontal orders and three bodies divided vertically by gigantic pilasters. The two lateral ones form turrets and are crossed by two large columns that, from the lower part of the building, join the upper part of the façade. Splendid wrought iron balconies in the shape of a belly make the elevation even more elegant. The beautiful entrance portal is framed by a double row of pilasters with Corinthian capitals. They support the large central balcony surmounted by a broken tympanum with an eagle with outstretched wings, the symbol of the Trigona family and the city of Noto.

The interior of the palace

The interior of Palazzo Trigona is organized around the hall on the ground floor. From here there is access to a large internal garden, enclosed by the two wings of the palace and adjacent to that of the Bishop’s Palace. A monumental staircase leads to the main floor of the building. Here it is possible to admire a series of rooms with vaulted ceilings decorated with grotesques, attributed to the painter Antonio Mazza, depicting episodes from the Bible. There are also various pieces of 18th and 19th century furniture and period musical instruments, including a valuable 18th century harp.

Aggiungi ai preferiti

Leave a Reply

See others sights