Rau della Ferla Palace

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Palazzo Rau della Ferla, a splendid seventeenth-century aristocratic residence, is one of the monuments that are part of the UNESCO serial site Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. Inside you can admire: salons with frescoes of the French school, stuccoes of the 19th century and precious period furniture. Some of the rooms have been restored and are now used for exhibitions and events.

History and exterior architecture of Palazzo Rau della Ferla

Palazzo Rau della Ferla is one of the seven noble residences that can be visited in Noto. It is located in Via Spaventa, just behind Palazzo Ducezio. The Rau were a family originally from Noto, but also marquises of the fief of Ferla, a small town near Syracuse that is one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. The palace, built in 1740 in Baroque style, has a neat and elegant façade divided into two orders. All the openings of the façade are decorated with bas-reliefs that recall floral motifs. The windows on the second floor are surmounted by a large shell resting on acanthus leaves. The balconies all have beautiful goose-nest grilles, and in the window of the central one you can see the coat of arms of the Rau family. The façade of the palace, facing Ducezio street, is enriched by a beautiful loggia.

The interior of Palazzo Rau

Passing through the front door of Palazzo Rau della Ferla, one enters a beautiful courtyard paved with river pebbles, where the stables and warehouses of the palace once stood. A white marble staircase leads to the main floor, where you can admire rooms with frescoes of the French school. In the early 1900s, four other rooms were added overlooking Palazzo Ducezio itself. They are served by a narrow secret corridor used by the servants. The latter connected the rooms with the service rooms adjacent to Vico Barone Astuto. The votive chapel of the palace overlooks the same alley, but on the lower floor.

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