Nicastro Palace (Ragusa)

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Palazzo Nicastro (Nicastro Palace) is an ancient noble palace in Ragusa. It is the second monument you meet, after the church of Santa Maria delle Scale, when you go down the Salita Commendatore. The palace, which over the centuries was also used as a municipal office and a school, is one of the monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto.

The history of the Nicastro Palace in Ragusa

The Nicastro Palace is an ancient noble residence in Ragusa built in the 18th century. The building is the result of the reconstruction, after the earthquake of 1693, of an old palace that probably belonged to the noble family of Arestia. Engraved on the triangular front of the building is the date 1760, when the work was completed. It is also known as the Palace of the Chancellery, because in the second half of the 19th century it was bought by the City of Ragusa and transformed into the seat of the Municipal Chancellery. The palace continued in this function until 1866, when two different municipalities were created: that of Ragusa Inferiore, which later became Ragusa Ibla, and that of Ragusa Superiore.

Architecture of the Palace

Palazzo Nicastro in Ragusa is composed of two different architectural bodies. The main one, typical of the eighteenth century, extends along Vico Evangelista, while the secondary one, with nineteenth century architectural features, rises from via Scale and reaches Corso Mazzini. Both have splendid balconies with bulbous balustrades, each supported by five corbels. The first floor of the building has an imposing monumental entrance that leads to the former stable. From here, a stone staircase leads to the upper floor, where the kitchens were originally located. The rich decoration of the entrance and the balconies, as well as the size of the stable, suggest that the palace was originally much larger.

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