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19:41 Oct 22, 2005
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Architecture / description of a building in Naples, Italy
Italian term or phrase: piano nobile
it's the description of a '600 building in Naples.
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English translation:piano nobile
Explanation:
The piano nobile is the principal floor of a large house, usually built in one of the styles of classical renaissance architecture. This floor contains the principal reception and bedrooms of the house.

The piano nobile is often the first or sometimes the second floor, located above an (often rusticated) ground floor containing minor rooms and service rooms. The reasons for this were so the rooms would have finer views, and more practically to avoid damp. This is especially true in Venice where the piano nobile of the many palazzi is especially obvious from the exterior by virtue of its larger windows and balconies and open loggias. Examples of this are Ca' Foscari, Ca' d'Oro and Palazzo Barbarigo.

Larger windows than those on other floors are usually the most obvious feature of the piano nobile. Often in England and Italy the piano nobile is reached by an ornate outer staircase, which negated the need for the inhabitants of this floor to enter the house by the servant's floor below.
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piano nobile


Explanation:
The piano nobile is the principal floor of a large house, usually built in one of the styles of classical renaissance architecture. This floor contains the principal reception and bedrooms of the house.

The piano nobile is often the first or sometimes the second floor, located above an (often rusticated) ground floor containing minor rooms and service rooms. The reasons for this were so the rooms would have finer views, and more practically to avoid damp. This is especially true in Venice where the piano nobile of the many palazzi is especially obvious from the exterior by virtue of its larger windows and balconies and open loggias. Examples of this are Ca' Foscari, Ca' d'Oro and Palazzo Barbarigo.

Larger windows than those on other floors are usually the most obvious feature of the piano nobile. Often in England and Italy the piano nobile is reached by an ornate outer staircase, which negated the need for the inhabitants of this floor to enter the house by the servant's floor below.



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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Luisa Piussi: usually located at what is called in the US second floor - one floor above ground level
8 mins

agree  Science451
39 mins

agree  marionclarion: yes - it means "main floor of the house, containing the principal rooms" - if that's too long to use - just leave it in the Italian!
2 hrs

agree  Georges Tocco
5 hrs

agree  Peter Cox
7 hrs

agree  Linda 969
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