Prestigious 17th-century Palace In Reggio Emilia
Luxurious frescoed palace one step from the ancient Emilian Road
One of the places that has marked Reggio Emilia's history for sale in the heart of its charming town centre
This prestigious 17th-century palace is for sale in the heart of Reggio Emilia, one step away from the ancient Emilian Road, and it is a true treasure chest of perfectly-preserved works of art.
Its location is absolutely strategic to walk to the main points of interest of a city that preserves precious evidence of its Roman origins, including important museums, the Municipal Theater, the Cathedral, the Basilica of San Prospero and the sanctuary of the Beata Vergine della Ghiara, in addition to the numerous medieval and Renaissance buildings scattered throughout the ancient heart of Reggio Emilia. There are also many trails that lead from the city center to the discovery of a province full of fascinating places, framed by the lush landscape of the Apennines, up to the nearby towns of Parma and Modena.
The palace, built at the behest of the Marquis Gabbi in the distant seventeenth century, was sold to the Tirelli family in the early nineteenth century. In the 1970s, they in turn sold a part of it to the present property. Always called the "beautiful lounge" of the city, it was the protagonist of all the main events that involved the city of Reggio: transformed into a hospital during the First World War, today it is home to recreational initiatives and artistic-cultural activities.
In its 1,500 square meters of internal surface, distributed around a beautiful central courtyard, the building is spread over four levels. From the ground floor, a splendid staircase, decorated with perspectives and trompe-l'oeil by Prospero Scapinelli, leads to the magnificent rooms on the main floor, some decorated with stuccoes and frescoes by the well-known Reggio painter Prospero Zanichelli. Here, the central hall, majestic in the height of its ceilings, which reach thirteen meters, features splendid frescoes and, enclosed within stucco frames, the cycle of eight big canvases by the Modenese Francesco Vellani, created in 1739, depicting classical scenes of the Greek mythology taken from the work of Homer. Also noteworthy is the portrait of Vittorio Emanuele II, made by the Reggio painter Giuseppe Ugolini on the occasion of his visit to Reggio for the Feast of the Statute.
This is undoubtedly one of the places that have marked the history of the city of Reggio Emilia, where works of inestimable value stand out and one can relive the splendid life of the past.