Address: Via Panfilo Mazzara 12, Sulmona

Orario: Proprietà privata. In orario diurno è visibile il cortile interno.

Ingresso: Non previsto

Description


The first historical information about the building, situated in the district of Porta Salvatoris, dates back to 1706, when the old 15th century building survived the earthquake of that year
almost unscathed.

Exterior

The building still retains much of its original appearance, with the exception of the facade on Via Mazara which was modified several times between the 19th and 20th centuries. The front doors with stucco frames were an addition as were the tile windows on the mezzanine attic floor and the moulded cornice. The most prominent element of the main façade is the arched Durazzesco door. It is set within a typical rectangular frame which folds back on itself in line with the arch. It is one of many examples of this kind made in Sulmona. The tile windows on the ground floor, the moulded horizontal sills supported by kneeling brackets of the main floor and the wooden panelled door with a bas-relief carved with dragons, are elements which refer to a renovation project from the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries.

Interior

The painted vault of the atrium features a frame rich with plant motifs and the family’s coat of arms. Along the left-hand wall there is a marble plaque which recalls the stay of illustrious English visitors who were guests of the family in the 19th and 20th centuries. They shared an appreciation for the writings of descendent Angelo Maria Scalzitti (journalist, writer and editor) of, amongst other things, the powerful five-volume work by Francesco Sardi de Letto entitled "The City of Sulmona." The rectangular inner courtyard opens out on the right-hand side to an entrance arch with steps leading to the upper floors. Higher up, there is a loggia of two orders, with a pair of arches on the first floor and three arches on the floor above. The other sides of the courtyard feature Renaissance windows, to which were added at a later date oval windows in a Baroque style. Below, other tile windows from the 16th century give light to the premises of the ground floor. At the end of the last century, in one of these rooms, a fragment of mosaic floor in white tile with a geometric white-black lozenge frieze, dating from the late 2nd century AD was found. The floor is connected to a brick wall in opus quasi reticulatum from a previous era and a small early-medieval apse.