Palazzina Cinese

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Chinese Palace
Palazzina Cinese
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Palazzina Cinese, façade
Alternative namesReal Casina alla Cinese
General information
Statusnow used as a museum
Architectural styleEclecticism
LocationPalermo, Italy
Construction started1799
ClientFerdinand III of Bourbon
Technical details
Floor count3
Design and construction
ArchitectGiuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia

The Chinese Palace (Italian: Palazzina Cinese), also known as Real Casina alla Cinese, is a former royal residence of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies designed in the style of Chinoiserie. It is located in Palermo, inside the park of La Favorita. The Ethnographic Museum of Sicily, named after Giuseppe Pitrè, is located in one of the Palace's guesthouse.


The building was designed in 1799 by the architect Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia on commission by the King Ferdinand III of Sicily.[1] The ruler had previously bought land and a house that was Chinese in design, belonging to the Baron Benedetto Lombardo and designed by Marvuglia himself.[1] The architectural complex and its garden were completed between 1800 and 1806.

In 1860, as a result of the Unification of Italy, the residence passed to the House of Savoy. Then, it became the property of the Comune of Palermo and has been converted into a museum.


The apartments of the Palace are distributed on three floors. On the first floor there are the reception hall, a dining room and the bedroom of the King. On the second floor there is the apartment of the Queen Maria Carolina of Austria.[1] On the third floor there's an octagonal terrace covered like a pagoda.

The building is decorated with paintings and frescoes of Giuseppe Velazquez, Vincenzo Riolo and other artists.


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  1. ^ a b c "Storia della Palazzina Cinese - Official site of the La Favorita Park".

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Coordinates: 38°10′00″N 13°19′49″E / 38.1666°N 13.3304°E / 38.1666; 13.3304