Palacio Catanzaro

A fine example of eighteenth-century civil construction with a façade divided by pilasters with ornaments separating the openings: on the ground floor there is a central arched doorway with floral decorations and two shops, on the noble floors balconies richly decorated with Baroque railings. The palace belongs to the post-Spanish siege production, but in a particularly refined version.

According to Ryolo, however, the current building is no longer the original one because, after the Gemelli family purchased it, the palace (declared a national monument in 1906) was demolished and rebuilt under the direction of the Monuments Superintendency in order to preserve the design of the façade.


Chillemi F. Milazzo città d'arte. Disegno urbano e patrimonio architettonico, Messina 1999.