Once a noble’s country mansion surrounded by a private garden, the Villa Trabia complex is located on the north side of Palermo, a green escape from the commercial city streets. The villa was built in neoclassical style in 1756, going through successive changes as the years went on. It was later adorned with baroque marble seats and in 1779 the delightful “Fontana del Glauco” (Fountain) by Filippo Pennino was installed, which represents the fisherman of greek mythology who was turned into a sea god. The garden originally had a typically Italian style and geometric structure, but deep changes were carried out in the 19th Century by architect Giuseppe Patricolo, modeled after the English Romantic garden, giving it a more unpredictable and wild look. Many rare and exotic botanical species were planted, and nowadays one can still admire more than 150 species (out of the original 2790), including monumental specimens of fichus, pine and Senegal Palm, surrounded by a tangled undergrowth of acanthus. The park, split by a ravine, is traversed by a bridge, underneath the extremities of which one can see the ancient calcarenite (dune rock/limestone) quarries, called pirrere by locals. The fine building itself nowadays hosts the local Department of Culture upstairs . The ground floor hosts an elegant public library and multimedia center featuring about 20,000 books, various cds, videos and internet points.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM
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