The Garden of Palazzo Aurisicchio

Palazzo Aurisicchio was built in the 1800s in an ornate neoclassical style and boasts an imposing façade caratherized by a smooth ashlar face, divided in two orders. In the lower order, paired Ionic pilasters define the façade, which around the portal develops an harmonic movement of surfaces with the paired Ionic columns. A similar movement can be seen in the overhanging trabeation, which alternates a smooth frieze in the wings with a rich bas-relief decoration in the overhanging surface above the portal.  In the upper order the statuesque scansion of supporting elements is realized by paired Corinthian pilasters on the façade's edges, while paired Corinthian columns border the central window, in continuation with the lower movement of surfaces. The façade's tympanum, particularly impressive, towers from an academic trabeation above in the overhanging attic. 

The architectural elements of the palazzo are typical of an architectural language which rearranges, varies and contaminates neoclassical stylistic features into a new regular and measured arrangement. Even if the central portion of the building may look mannerist, the overall balanced decoration of the friezes above the portal and of the friezes above the upper windows are clearly classic.

The back of the building shows a more sober façade which overlooks an elevated garden, totally connected to the building by an elegant terrace. Rather sober in its dimensions, the garden of Palazzo Aurisicchio is a typical Italian garden and it is one of the most interesting examples among the urban gardens of noble mansions in Puglia. Currently under restoration, originally the garden hosted citrus, roses and various fruit trees, according to the XIX-century fashion to have a "pleasure" garden together with an "useful" garden for the family. Today, of the original species, only a Pittosporum and a few citrus trees have survived, all of them century-old.  Over time there were also planted a few Cinnamomum Camphora trees, which have been the inspiration for the botanical restoration of the garden. A Jacaranda Cuspidifolia and a rare Tabebuia Impetiginosa recreate an exotic accent, so typical in the XIX-century gardens, while a small collection of subtropical Hydrangeas caratherises today the garden. As dramatic wings on the garden's backdrop, tall Bay trees and climbing Trachelospermum jasminoides mirror the symmetry of the opposite building façade and frame the ancient fountain, closing the garden perspective. In the past some statues and Tuscan vases decorated the garden and have been recentely restored.  In the old days this garden was visually connected, thanks to a game of perspectives through the palazzo's grand-halls, to the larger garden of the Villa Comunale in front of the building. 


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