Back

ⓘ Villa Malfitano Whitaker is a 19th-century rural palace located in Via Dante, in the quarter of Politeama of Palermo, Sicily. It is presently a museum displayin ..



Villa Malfitano Whitaker
                                     

ⓘ Villa Malfitano Whitaker

Villa Malfitano Whitaker is a 19th-century rural palace located in Via Dante, in the quarter of Politeama of Palermo, Sicily. It is presently a museum displaying Whitakers natural history and archaeological collections, as well as his artwork.

                                     

1. History

The villa was built between 1886 and 1889 by the will of the Sicilian-English Joseph Whitaker. It was designed by the architect Ignazio Greco and represents a synthethis of Neo-Renaissance and Eclecticism styles.

The state rooms of the interior were frescoed with a rich floral trompe-l’oeil decoration by Ettore De Maria Bergler. Other smaller rooms have Flemish tapestries with scenes from the Aeneid and frescoes by Rocco Lentini and stuccoes by Salvatore Valenti.

The garden of the villa was designed by Emilio Kunzmann and covers about seven hectares. Many rare plants from Tunisia, Sumatra, Australia and South America are located in it.

During the Belle Epoque age the villa was the venue for lavish parties. The Whitaker family knew artists like Richard Wagner and the imperial dynasties of Great Britain, Germany and Russia.

The villa is currently the headquarters of the Whitaker Foundation.

Free and no ads
no need to download or install

Pino - logical board game which is based on tactics and strategy. In general this is a remix of chess, checkers and corners. The game develops imagination, concentration, teaches how to solve tasks, plan their own actions and of course to think logically. It does not matter how much pieces you have, the main thing is how they are placement!

online intellectual game →