THE VILLA LAPIETRA-BINI
THE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IN WHICH VILLA LAPIETRA-BINI IS LOCATED WAS CREATED IN 1919 UNDER THE COMMISSION OF ENTREPRENEUR GIUSEPPE LAPIETRA AND WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR THE PRODUCTION OF REFINED GOODS SUCH AS OIL FOR LAMPS OBTAINED FROM OLIVE POMACE AND ICE. THE GARDEN WAS REALIZED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE VILLA AND THE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, AND IT WAS MEANT TO BE A HEALTHY CORNER FOR THE 200 WORKERS WHO WORKED THERE. THE VILLA, IN LIBERTY STYLE, IS IN CONSTANT DIALOGUE WITH THE GARDEN THROUGH THE RICH PHYTOMORPHIC DECORATIONS THAT RECALL THE VEGETATION FROM THE SURROUNDINGS. IT WAS HALFWAY BETWEEN PRIVATE DWELLING OF THE ENTREPRENEUR AND COMPANY HEADQUARTER.
The garden of Villa Lapietra-Bini is part of an industrial complex located in the south of the city of Trani. Close to the railway, Villa Lapietra-Bini is on the axis of urban expansion that connects the city to the town of Corato. Cleaned up and reopened to the public after years of neglect, the garden is divided into two sections by the main driveway to the complex located on Via Corato.
The left side is made up of a rich citrus grove that surrounds a portion of the perimeter of the Villa and is crossed by the second entrance to the complex – for the exclusive use of the owners – which opens onto Via Imbriani.
The right side, however, is grafted into a more irregular area, which goes into the industrial complex. In closest part to the industrial complex, the path of the avenue is crossed at right angles by two secondary roads, which create four large flower beds; in the area immediately adjacent to the main entrance, however, the two secondary roads open paths within exedras forming a hexagonal plant that looks like a snowflake, with two axes that form an X and intersects with the main one. In this point there is a quadrangular tank with a central pillar. Main Tree Species: Pines, holm oaks and palms.