Sumptuous furnishings and neoclassical architecture
In the heart of the baroque town of Ala, the palace borders one side of the centrally-located Piazza San Giovanni. Malfatti and Azzolini, are the names of the families that owned this prestigious neoclassical-style building. The year of construction is unknown, but the current imposing façade was depicted in an eighteenth-century fresco.
The building is shaped like an “L”: the wide base overlooking the square, while to the south the plan narrows and opens up onto a large garden with a fountain. Here a vast and majestic portico leads to the main floor through an elegant curved staircase. The banister is covered with silk produced in Ala.
As you go up the stairs, you can admire the exquisite frescoes and stucco-work of the rooms on the main floor. The main hall, which overlooks the square, is particularly suggestive with its frescoed ceiling, marble fireplace and original shutters. Everything speaks of the desire for grandeur.
The walls of the side rooms are covered with fine silk wallpapers in yellow, green and red. The flooring, composed of square tiles with woods of different colors and designs, is also remarkable.
From May to September, the first Sunday of each month, you can visit Palazzo Malfatti-Azzolini thanks to guided tours to the old town center organized by the City of Ala.