The construction of the building began in the late 16th century by a nobleVolterran, Attilio Dating, Minister of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The facade, attributed to Bartolomeo Ammannati, is forty feet long and sixteen feet wide. Two incomplete wings enclose two small courtyards on which the windows of the theater Persio Flacco overlook. The original design included a large colonnaded courtyard overlooking the valley. In 1816 the family sold part of the ground floor meetings including the unfinished courtyard where later the theater was buil t.
Benedetto Giuseppe Viti, a seller of alabaster and extensive traveler, bought the building in 1850 and made radical changes to the interior. Further renovations were carried out in preparation for the royal visit of Vittorio Emanuelein 1861.
Great staircase Built in the early '600 designed by the Florentine G. Caccini, has walls decorated with "faux marble". All the sculptures and pedestals in marble, alabaster, wood and stone are the works of the factory screws, the most important of Volterra in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Ballroom The corners and the two famous monumental alabaster chandeliers made for Maximilian of Hapsburg Emperor of Mexico, remained unsold because of his shooting took place in Queretaro in 1867, within the bulbs were lit with oil lamps. The other alabaster chandeliers and columns, all the factory bolts, go back to the first half of 1800.
On the walls from 4 consoles with marble tops above caskets containing: Birds of Paradise of New Guinea stuffed Chinese ivory chess, Bali temple of balsa wood and ivory Chinese junk. All objects that are in the eastern palace were taken by screws during their many travels throughout the world. The four portraits are P.F. Citizens and C. Ceresa, Milanese painters of the 600. Very nice floor tiles has hardened white alabaster.
Dining room Three paintings on the walls depicting South America: the temple of the sun at Cuzco in Peru, the main square of Quito in Ecuador and Joseph screws as it crosses the Andes with its alabaster boxes. Below, a splendid collection of Chinese drawings of 1700 and 1800 on rice paper. Remarkable porcelain from various sources. On the two side tables, cups of broth for mother and English pewter
Lounge battles So named for the 13 paintings of battles by various authors (Rugendas, Bergognone, Graziani, etc.). 1600 and 1700. For the two sides of the fireplace log set Tuscan furniture in 1800. The great still life of a teacher in Piedmont in 1700. Above the table in the eighteenth century, a rare Buddhist monaco amber red, fossil resin of cherry. Next to the fore important eighteenth-century Lombard window, above a portrait of notable attributed Nuvolon
On the Saletta Porcelain walls of the room china porcelain chosen by French and British services for use in the palace in the showcase collection of glasses and jugs antique glass and crystal. In the window wall, a valuable collection of cups of broth for childbirth.
Library Charles X period of two libraries with many rare and important books, the great library with a gallery has been much restored. On the walls of the Lady in Black Vittorio Corcos (1859-1933) and Old lady Ettore de Maria (1851-1938), beautiful portraits dated 1890 and 1913
. The ceiling, which is the most important of the building, in the four medallion portraits of the greatest Italian poets, Dante, Petrarch, Ariosto and Tasso. On the central table exceptional travel writing Japanese lacquer and mother of pearl. On the desk lamp with shade in etched porcelain (litofanìa) beautiful and rare works of the royal manufactories in Berlin
Lounge Brachettone Two beautiful coffered Lombard Louis XVI style made by Joseph Beetles (the most famous furniture maker of 1700) with over two cabinets of ebony inlaid with ivory in 1600. Rare and valuable bureau burr walnut with ebonized pear wood threads and rare corner element, certainly from the workshop of the Beetle, both mobile Lombard in 1700. Three beautiful coffee table mosaic alabaster hardened, colored bathroom, unique and unrepeatable works of the factory screws.
On the walls of the Roman Emperor Galba portrait of Titian's workshop flanked by two drawings: one of Cavenaghi within the framework of 1500, the other is a painter of blood Volterra Daniele Ricciarelli said "Brachettone" because it covers the nudes in Michelangelo's Chapel Sistina in Rome. The picture with the flowers of M. Rapous Piedmont painter in 1700. To the right of the bureau 4 small panel paintings of Flemish school showing the European fashion and hairstyles in early 1600
Red Lounge This room, with the richest and most complex mural decoration, the furniture was covered with a thin gold foil, except of course the cabinet beside the fireplace East, Rice straw marquetry. Sleeping Venus on the walls of A. Puccinelli da Castelfranco (dated 1865) and four portraits: one on the right of the fireplace depicts Joseph Viti, a trader of alabaster, which you created Emir of Nepal, that the viceroy, by an Indian Rajah. In front of him overall picture of Andrea de Santa Cruz, president of Colombia and Ecuador in the South American painter A. Salas. On either side of the window panels in two ancient fabric of Japan showing the processing of tea and silk
Lounge terrace The showcase includes the Indian ceremonial clothing of Joseph as vizier and screws emir, woven in gold, the stones of the hats are now imitations. In front of large wall frame with beautiful embroidered French missions in India. The Secret mobile chips alabaster panels, pulp and resin. Rich collection of fans, I have three tables with mosaic alabaster, antique hookahs on the central Arabian scimitar and dagger with the handle of jade belonging to the Emir of Nepal.
Room of King The curtains of the four-poster bed, curtains and upholstery are those who received Vittorio Emanuele II in 1861. At the center of one of the finest tables and walls of alabaster Madonna and Child by Lucia Anguissola (1542-1565), a small rural scene, by F. London and Ferraris portrait of Josephine's daughter, by G. Molteni. Next to the picture window of the King Vittorio Emanuele and embroidery, petit point embroidery always biblical scene. Below them pair of drawers Lombard in 1700.
Over Yellow Room the two drawers of Lombard 700, belonging to the workshop of the Beetle, a beautiful portrait of Carolina Losset Mandelli-made by her nephew A. Baron in 1890. On either side of a portrait painter of the Venetian '600 and small watercolor by S. De Albertis end 800. Above the toilet, which are old Ginori porcelain, portrait of Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany as a child and his housekeeper is one of the masterpieces of G. Sustermann Flemish painter active in Florence in mid-1600. Next to the bed of various important holy shrine, of which 5. Cado Borromeo,
Archbishop of Milan, ivory crucifix and Madonna that was the Pen, tempera on panel of a Pisan painter of the early 1400's and two bedside commode Tuscan convertible into 1700. Next to the window above the kneeling, large and beautiful painting depicting the 1600 death of 5. Francis and uniform waiter secret cloak and dagger of the Pope belonged to the Marquis of Matteucci Ramirez Montalvo
Wardrobe Cabinets of 1800 enamelled heraldic motifs and after a coat of arms without the crown because the screws refused any title of nobility to their republican ideals. Nice table in the center of alabaster hardened
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