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ROME, Lungotevere dei Vallati, "Villa Gravina-Vassalli".
In 1904 the Marchese Gravina, a nobleman of old Sicilian origins, built a villa with explicit references to the Arab-Norman architecture expressed in the Church of the Hermits and the southern façade of the Norman Palace in Palermo and the famous cathedrals of Cefalu’ and Monreale.
The villa is situated in the Historical Centre of Rome, just behind the Italian Ministry of Justice in via Arenula, between Ponte Sisto and Isola Tiberina on the left bank of the Tiber, not far from piazza Farnese, via Giulia, piazza Argentina and across the river, Trastevere. It boasts a floor space of 1,000 sqm with a garage and two shops of total 180 sqm, surrounded by a 310 sqm garden.
The Moorish style is notable in the façade towards the Tiber with its hand-chiselled cornices, its mullioned windows with pointed arches and in the ornamental medallions with the five-pointed star motive copied from Islamic decoration. This marked reference to eclectic Arab-Norman architecture represented a real novelty and singularity in the building world within the historical centre of King Umberto’s Rome.
The beautiful 100 sqm roof terrace facing the Lungotevere has an airy tower, “Altana”, surmounted by a hemispherical dome, with two and three-mullioned windows and pointed Moorish arches.
The rear of the building overlooks the old via Zoccolette and has its own separate entrance with spacious and easy access to the garage, which is connected internally to the house.
The oval staircase, marbling, panelling, trompe l’oeil, wooden boiserie, inlaid patterned parquet flooring and old briar-wood doors are all of prestigious workmanship giving a particularly elegant glow. The false ceilings, frescoed in pure Sicilian style, are reminiscent of the late Baroque and Rococo periods of the island’s architecture which reflects the memory of long, hot sunny days, the scent of orange groves and the sea.
This is an exclusive and prestigious dwelling suitable for entertaining on a grand scale.
The Building is located in Rome, Municipio I, IX Rione, Lungotevere dei Vallati n. 19 and Via delle Zoccolette n. 12 B,C,D,E,F and G and n.°13, and is entered in the Land Property Register on Sheet n.° 491, particle 249 sub. 500, category A/7, Class 7, rooms 25,5 (main body) and particle 458 sub.2, category C/6 and sub.3 and 4, category C/1 (garage and shops in the added building in Via delle Zoccolette). It is also registered and protected both historically and artistically by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.
The IX Rione (“Regola” District) is still full of historical memories and characterized by mansions of the Renaissance and Baroque era.
The main entrance is at n. 19 Lungotevere dei Vallati, with access though a 310 sqm. garden and four external steps leading to the entrance at the Ground-Floor of the Villa. The front door opens into a wide hall with a marble floor, old briar-wood doors lead to the right to a spacious living room frescoed with Sicilian style trompe l’oil and to the left into a large angular lounge and two studies furnished with fine wooden bookcases. All rooms have inlaid parquet and are over 4,50 meters high. Large single-mullioned windows give the room light and an airy feeling . Moreover the 326 sqm. ground floor comprises of a bathroom, a kitchen facing the garden, and a secondary flat made up of two rooms, a small kitchen and bathroom. The flat can also be accessed independently from Via delle Zoccolette n. 13 by an internal staircase.
An elegant oval staircase leads to the First Floor that consists of a wide hall with a marbled tiled floor, lacunar ceiling 4,42 meters high and a balcony overlooking the garden, four large bedrooms with inlaid parquet, three bathrooms, a cloak-room and a maid’s room. All the rooms have two-mullioned windows, with a total floor surface of 268 sqm.
The Attic Floor has a large living room, a bedroom, a kitchen, two bathrooms and a magnificent “Altana” (a roofed over tower terrace) with a three-mullioned window facing the wide terrace (100 sqm.) and a two-mullioned window overlooking the river. The attic and the “Altana” have an overall surface of 140 sqm.
The Lower Floor comprises two large rooms, with wide windows and are 3,40 m. high, air and light come from a skylight passage overlooking the garden . This floor has a total surface of 246 sqm. and includes three bathrooms and other seven service rooms .
An oleodynamics lift and a secondary staircase connect all four floors of the building to the entrance on Via delle Zoccolette.
Interesting to note that the street level of Via delle Zoccolette is below the road level of Lungotevere dei Vallati.
The property is completed by:
- A garage, at n.° 12 G, of 36 sqm.
- A shop, at n.° 12 E and F, of 95 sqm.
- A shop, at n.° 12 C and D, of 52 sqm.
All with easy access from Via delle Zoccolette.
The garage, which is already connected directly to the villa, could be extended by combining the shops’ to make one larger space.