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Built in 1881 by Senator Cocuzza, in honor of the Spanish singer Fegotto, the villa rises in a green area near the archaeological park of Neapolis. At the time of purchase, the property was 27,000 square meters and was about 500 lemon trees and as much as fruit. The entire estate was sold on February 6, 1934 to Christiane Reimann, a Danish nurse, who established his residence until 1979. The annexe is divided into two floors: on the ground floor there was the remodel and the first floor ‘Housing for servitude.
Today the ground floor is considered one of the most suitable locations for conferences, while the first floor is for municipal offices.
Via Necropoli Grotticelle, 14 , Siracusa, SR, 96100
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WHO WAS CHRISTIAN REIMANN
Christiane Reimann was born in Copenhagen in 1888 by a wealthy foreign exchange agent and Norwegian mother. We do not know much about his childhood and his education, but he certainly possessed a clumsy and determined character, in fact despite the opposition of the family, managed to obtain a nursing degree and to go to New York where he worked and studied. The high grades achieved in nursing careers and passion for archeology and natural beauties brought her around the world. He became such an important personality that he was given an international prize: the Christiane Reimann Prize.
His encounter with Syracuse was particularly related to the emotional sentiment toward Carl Frederik Alter, a psychiatrist, who convinced her to settle with him in this city. The story with Alter was troubled and soon ended, but Christiane remained in Sicily in the property she bought: the current Villa Reimann.
With the occupation of Denmark by Hitler and the entry into the war of Italy Miss Reimann was watched with distrust by the city authorities who forced her to move to nearby Floridia.
The allied landing improved the situation, but the villa, like all the city, was required. Christiane obtained, through the intercession of the Danish delegation, to stay in two rooms and to carry out the work of private secretary of the British commander. After the war ended, the villa was in a disastrous state, only with the passing of time the restoration work was completed.
He died on 12 April 1979. The rite of the funeral was officiated at the Church of Santa Lucia in Badia in the presence of very few people. Today he rested at the monumental cemetery of Siracusa. The funeral monument was made by the Associazione Italia Nostra in collaboration with the City of Syracuse.
The park stretches for about 16,000 square meters and is surrounded by a bunch of cypresses and olive trees that isolate it from the urban context, now completely built.
A long avenue runs along a citrus plant planted in the north by Reimann, called “The Garden of the Hesperides.” To the south of the villa is the exotic garden of collector type, consisting of a double series of flower beds around a fountain, according to the classic Italian garden layout. The architecture of the villa is complemented by some rest areas with tables, vases and benches. Along the avenues, some particular columns bear sculptures inspired by Greek mythology. All architectural elements are made of natural stone and carved by hand. The garden collections, arranged in the ground and in the pot, have a botanical consistency of about 150 species. The vegetable individuals that make up these collections are about a thousand and boast of considerable scientific significance as well as great emphasis on teaching and naturalistic.
Particularly important is the large flowerbed placed in front of the entrance of the villa which contains a remarkable variety of luxuriant plant species.
In the exotic garden there is the belvedere, wanted by Christiane himself. The latter made a small tower enriched by a stone spiral staircase, bordered by succulent plants of different species. Reimann made a small wooden gazebo where he could observe the degradation of the territory to the island of Ortigia, the extreme tip of Siracusa. At the top of the pagoda cover, a small wind vane was made specifically by the owner.
Erga has implemented a sustainable management system that is adequate for its size and scope. Its organization complies with all the regulations in force at local, national and international level, with particular reference, among others, to health, safety, work and environmental aspects. Erga undertakes to respect and enforce the rules of conduct appropriate to the places visited, the sea, nature reserves and places of worship. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding waste in the environment and, where existing, to respect the rules of separate collection.