Palermo, Grand Hotel Villa Igiea (MGallery Collection) for sale
- Tipology Albergo
- Surface 18.746 mq
- Contract Sale
- City Palermo
- N° Rooms 124
The Hotel Villa Igiea overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and was built in Art Nouveau style in the heyday’s cultural life of the city. The original neo-Gothic style building reminds of a small castle with turrets and battlements, and was purchased in 1898 by Ignazio Florio Jr. to make a sanatorium (for its milder winter temperatures, competing with the famous weather station in Nice and San Remo). Just four years later, it was re-designed (with the art-nouveau style), to be used as a guest house, by an important exponent of International Modernism and Liberty Style – the architect Ernesto Basile – reflecting the taste of the “belle époque” of the end of ‘800.
The Hotel is located in Palermo, Salita Belmonte nr. 43, at about 4 Km from the city center, located on the slopes of Park Belmonte and Monte Pellegrino. It was built on the northern side of the Gulf of Palermo, on a sloping area that reaches the sea.
It has accessibility by all kind of transport; the property is approximately 4 km from the Highway A29 Palermo / Mazara del Vallo, 7 km from the motorway A19 Palermo / Catania, 4 km from the Central Railway Station, 30 km from the ‘Falcone and Borsellino International Airport and 1.5 km from the harbor of Palermo. Its striking atmosphere is due to its amazing position, overlooking the sea and surrounded by a beautiful exotic garden, and for being elevated above the natural coastline, with a free sea view for several kilometers. The complex Villa Igiea consists of 8 buildings, and has 124 rooms including standard rooms, deluxe rooms and suites, located on four floors of the main building and the two levels of one of the secondary bodies placed near the Harbor. The gross area is equal to 18.746 sqm, plus the 17.000 sqm area of its exotic park, a pool overlooking the sea, a tennis court, indoor parking and a private yacht mooring.
The refined interior decoration, with feminine and floral patterns, and the polychrome velvety and sensual architectures, still visible into the Villa, were designed by Basile, with the exception of the living room, whose frescoes belong to the painter E. Von de Maria Bergler. Everything is permeated by the original planning of Basile who had an extraordinary soft touch, inspired by the great European painting style. Two other important rooms of the Villa have to be mentioned: “Sala Donna Franca Florio”, a famous noblewoman admired by Kaiser Wilhelm II and emphasized by D’Annunzio, where he exhibited his famous portrait by Giovanni Boldini; today, this room has become the main restaurant. The “Sala Basile,” which was the former dining room, is now a large hall used for conferences with a capacity of about 120 people, and is considered one of the masterpieces of international modernism and one of the finest Liberty works of Palermo.
Palermo is an Italian city of about 653.000 inhabitants, is the capital of the Province and the Region of Sicily, and aspires to become the capital of the “Union for the Mediterranean”. Stretched over a large creek at the edge of Mount Pellegrino, in ancient times was one of the most flourishing cities of the Mediterranean. Palermo is full of natural beauty and is a popular city of European art. Some of its most important monuments, (witnesses of a glorious history) are: the Cathedral with the tombs of the Norman kings, the Norman Palace (first Parliament House in modern history) and its built-in Palatine Chapel, the Martorana with its precious mosaics, the Church of St. John of the Hermits (characterized by a typical Islamic architecture), the Zisa, the Abbatellis Palace and the Teatro Massimo: an extremely charming city that has true gems of art, inherited from the past, thanks to the occupation of Arabs, Normans and Spanish. Goethe loved this city, and wrote “In the public garden, near the port, I spent some magnificent hours from alone. It ‘s the most wonderful place in the world“. Palermo has a beautiful promenade as well: Mondello (which is the town beach), with its soft and light color sand and clean crystal sea. Not miss to visit its historic markets: Vucciria, Ballarò and Borgo Vecchio.