Not long ago I rediscovered a place that the locals of Palermo often forget about ,Villa Trabia.
It is a beautiful and big ensembles of gardens which can almost be called a park but has nothing to do with the conventional parks we all know and love, Villa Trabia is more than that, it's covered with tall palm trees and all other kinds of trees. In fact thanks to the care of the head gardener Vincent Ostinelli, trees such as locust trees, monkey-puzzle trees, oleanders, conifers, ficus magnolioides and oak can be found in the Villa, with a total in 1910 of 2,790 plant species (now currently around 150 species).
The building called the Casena in the district of Terre Rosse, is one of the many attractions of Villa Trabia, it was built in the eighteenth century by Ignatius Lucchesi Palli, prince of Campofranco and was then bought by Giuseppe Lanza Branciforte, prince of Trabia in 1814. The building is composed of a large central body on two levels, with two side wings and a small courtyard at the center of which lies the entrance.
Also you might like to know that the Villa is divided into two parts, cut in two by a natural gradient (an old "pirrere" quarries of limestone) which now houses a road. The two sections of the Villa are connected by a beautiful bridge built in the Baroque style, there, it's possible to visit some of the greenhouses and a large historic fountain built in the seventeenth century.
But that isn't all, Villa Trabia holds a branch of Palermo's city council, a public library and a very useful free internet point. It is such a magical place, especially in the spring and the summer, that weddings ceremonies can take place there. I do advice to anyone to go and visit it, it's not far from the center in Via Salinas 3 and it's open from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 06.00 pm.