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Palazzo Ciampoli: photos, description, Palazzo Ciampoli)

Palazzo Ciampoli - the latest of all the medieval buildings of Taormina, since its construction dates from the early 15th century. Date of birth of this wonderful Palace - 1412 - immortalised in the armorial shield installed over the main entrance of the Palazzo.

In 1926 in the garden of Palazzo Ciampoli was built the hotel "Palazzo Vecchio", architectural repeating the famous Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, also known as Palazzo della Signoria.

Just a few years ago in Palazzo Ciampoli housed one of the most popular night clubs in Taormina - "Sesto Acuto", which can be translated as "the ogive". The name of the club was given to him because of the vaulted arches, which decorate the building in accordance with the canons of the Gothic style in which it is built.

As on the facade of the Palazzo Ciampoli and other Palace Taormina - Palazzo Corvaja you can see the same armorial shields, one with the image of the shield and the flag and the other with a shield and three stars, we can assume that both buildings once belonged to a noble family, Corvaja, and later one of the palaces became property of the family Campoli.

The only notable part of the Palazzo Ciampoli is its main facade, standing on a wide and steep steps, which serve as a natural Foundation. Initially, the building housed a large outdoor yard, but, unfortunately, today it was only the portal with rounded arches made of local marble and two bas-reliefs of the heads of Roman emperors in the corners. The Palace was severely damaged during the bombing during the Second World war. The aforementioned portal was almost completely destroyed, but later restored using the same marble.

Features of Catalan architecture are easily recognized in the Palazzo Ciampoli. In fact, there are many typical Spanish elements: for example, in his short North facade has a single window with architectural beam that forms a festoon is an ornamental band with downward-stepped battlements. And the top of the main facade is decorated with a small triangular merlon, which, however, is not as impressive as the forked battlements of the other medieval buildings of Taormina.