Archaeology and restoration – Architectural restoration
The Ducal Courtyard of Rivalta is a little treasure of the house of Este that will be restored to its original beauty with a project involving archaeology and architectural restoration. Situated in Rivalta near Reggio Emilia along Via Combattenti, the palace was conceived as a great baroque construction with an imposing central pavilion. The area of the Ducal Courtyard, opposite the palace, now consists of a group of rural buildings around the great square threshing yard. The buildings are composed of a variety of volumes that identify the different structures such as the scarped eastern tower, a workshop now in disuse, the charming Baroque church (formerly an oratory) of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and some compact residential buildings on several levels facing on the square. The west wing also consists of several buildings: the surviving northwest tower of the ancient palace flanked by the stable and barns. The coach house is at the centre. After the archaeological and restoration phases have been completed, when you enter the Corte through its characteristic main entrance you will be surrounded by trees and gardens, in the midst of an immense urban park of 200,000 m2 inside the city. Restoration will capture and enhance the best qualities of the existing buildings, the courtyard and private pathways and the whole setting will be illuminated at night to reveal the splendour of the archaeological and architectural undertaking.
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