Having survived the urban transformations which have interested Tasso's hometown in the course of the last few centuries, the building still keeps numerous interesting architectural details.
While walking across Sorrento, along Via Pietà (which in the past was called Vico Bagnagatte), it is possible to admire one of the most ancient buildings still existing in Tasso’s hometown. It is Palace Veniero , a building still keeping some architectural elements dating back to a time between 1100 and 1200.
Having “survived” the urban transformations which, in various times (but above all son after the unification) interested the whole area, the building, in fact, shows on its façade some examples of Romanic-Campania art.
After partial restoration works, Palace Veniero is characterized also by the presence of elements which testify an organic development of the decorative pattern “yellow tuff-grey tuff” (considered as an important evidence of the taste classified as late-Byzantine and Arabian).
The entrance portal lies on piers supporting a round arch. It has been made with stone blocks considered as important because probably deriving from the materials remaining from other previous buildings then destroyed.
Nevertheless, what makes Palace Veniero particularly suggestive is the use of the technique of stonework inlay (almost anticipating the tastes of the artisans who, in the area, will be engaged in wood inlay).
On the façade dominating Via Santa Maria della Pietà, we can still today admire three arched openings for each floor, marked by large belts in grey and yellow tuff.
But what draws the attention most and causes admiration are some tondos with a centre in the shape of a star or a miniature rosette.
In their cavity, there must have originally been some majolica bowl-shaped pateras (also called Hispano- Arabian pateras).
Unfortunately not all the renovation works in the course of years have been masterly made.
Therefore, a lot of elements, which in the past characterized the palace, have been irreparably damaged.
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Firmato - 05/01/2019