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Via Butera, 24, Palermo

The places of the literary story of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: Hotel Trinacria

The site is part of the places of the literary story of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa included in the Register of the Region of Sicily LIM (The Places of the literary, cinematographic, television story)

This is the list of places entered in the LIM register:

(The Leopard):

  • Palermo:
    • Villa Salina
    • Villa Tomasi in San Lorenzo Colli,
    • Villa Airoldi,
    • Ranchibile Villa,
    • C / da Terrerosse
    • Villa Trabia
    • Gardens of Villafranca
    • Porta Maqueda
    • Quattro Canti di Campagna (Piazza Marchese di Regalmici),
    • Professed House,
    • la Cala,
    • Portico of S. Maria della Catena Church,
    • Ponteleone / Monteleone Palace,
    • Via Valverde,
    • Apses of San Domenico Church,
    • Descent of the Nannies,
    • Via Salina,
    • Trinacria hotels
  • Bisacquino (province of Palermo);
  • Rampinzeri Farm (Santa Ninfa-province of Trapani);
  • Forra della Dragonara (province of Agrigento);
  • Misilbesi junction (province of Agrigento);
  • Santa Margherita del Belice-prov. Agrigento:
    • Church of Our Lady of Grace,
    • Palazzo Salina / Filangeri-Cutò,
    • "Zzu Minicu" tavern 
    • Donnafugata;
  • Monastery of Santo Spirito (Palma di Montechiaro-prov. Agrigento)
The Trinacria hotel, designed around 1840 by the architects Andrea Gigante and Vincenzo Trombetta on behalf of the Prince of Trabia Giuseppe Lanza Branciforte, was the first building in Palermo to be created specifically as a hotel. It had 54 luxurious rooms with bathroom, an elevator (one of the first to be introduced in the city) and the dining room that overlooked the "Walls of the Bad". The Hotel hosted personalities, such as General Giuseppe Garibaldi. It was opened in 1844 on the initiative of Salvatore Ragusa and had a grandiose baptism by hosting the King of Bavaria on the day of its inauguration. A plaque on the facade reminds us that the hero of the two worlds in 1862 prepared the expedition which culminated in the battle on the Aspromonte with the cry of «Rome or death». Another marble on the facade reminds us that another patriot, the Romanian, died in exile here Nicola Balcescu. The literature of the twentieth century offers us a literary quote that makes this place even more famous: in fact it is here that Tomasi di Lampedusa set the last hours of the life of the "Leopard", with the prince of Salina sitting on a balcony looking at the sea "Immobile, compact and oily". The hotel was inherited by Ernesto, son of Salvatore Ragusa; He carried on the management of the hotel until 1911; the year in which the activity ceased. The building that had housed several heroes and many crowned heads was divided into apartments. The new tenants transformed the rooms and took possession of the Anglo-Saxon furnishings that characterized the elegant hotel. In the last few years, at the end of the 20s, the building was transformed and divided into two parts: a conference center was built on the lower level and XNUMX apartments were created on the five upper floors for private residences.
In 1992, a conference on justice was held in the Congress Center and it is here that the famous photo of Tony Gentile was taken, portraying Falcone and Borsellino smiling sitting at the table of that Congress.
The building is located in Via Butera n ° 24 where you can see a slightly decadent façade. Towards the sea it looks at the main façade of the building and its terrace is adjacent to that of the nearby Palazzo Butera.
Today it is called Palazzo Trinacria and is owned by the Pietro Barbaro Foundation. (Source text from the municipality of Palermo)

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