NARDO ‘(Lecce) – The countdown is over, come back tomorrow – Sunday, June 5 – open courses. Prestigious palaces and residences in the historic center open their courtyards for a special day dedicated to the beauty of the places. After the forced halt of two years due to the pandemic, the association Dimore Storiche Neretine, with the support of the municipal administration, wanted to revive an initiative that allows everyone to discover the farms and gardens of the houses and palaces deprived of the old heart of the city , very often unknown “coffins” of beauty. Behind the heavy doors, in a tumult of flowers, art and notes of talented and eclectic artists, the historical and architectural beauties, hidden from most, will be revealed.
Corti Aperte is an itinerary for the execution and improvement of a valuable part of the private monumental heritage of Nardò, which is usually inaccessible. An unusual perspective on the city’s culture, history and architectural richness and therefore an opportunity to appreciate them. The association Neretine Historic Houses was also born with the aim of reclaiming, improving and protecting the environmental, historical, cultural and landscape heritage that make up the historic houses in Nardò’s territory.
“It does not happen every day – explains the Councilor for Culture, Territorial Marketing and the historic center Giulia Puglia – to access these” treasures “of architectural beauty, culture, history of the Nardò and Neretine families. For this reason, we will never stop by thanking the many owners of these wonderful historic buildings and of course the association “Historic Houses Neretine” for their generosity.Behind strict doors there is an ancient and often refined wealth, which is dilapidated in a thousand ways and which is usually inaccessible.I invite therefore everyone to take advantage of it and discover a “hidden” side of the city “.
The palaces and courtyards will be accessible from 10 to 13 and from 17 to 22, and the students of the art school “Vanoni” will help visitors reconstruct the history and characteristics of the places. The program predicts the opening of the day at. 11 with the inauguration of the Palazzo Giulio’s historical information board and with the theatrical performance Il barocco neretino by the “Moccia” Institute. Also at the Palazzo Giulio there will be an exhibition of carriages, an arts and crafts exhibition, the virtual 3D tour of the Palazzo and a wine tasting. At the Palazzo De Noha, the artistic exhibition Materia viva: Light and Shadows is planned by Liceo Artistico “Vanoni”. At Palazzo De Pandi, visitors will find a handicraft exhibition, the virtual 3D tour of the palace and a wine tasting. An exhibition of vintage cars has been set up at Palazzo Personè. At Palazzo Caputo there will be a craft exhibition. At Palazzo Cariddi still crafts, in addition to the art exhibition The visionary art of Michela Bornia and the virtual 3D tour of the Palazzo. Virtual tour also at Palazzo Sambiasi Della Porta. At Palazzo Asciutti the craft of art and Decò by Giuseppe De Braco and an oil tasting. At the Casa a Corte art exhibition In Sincrono by Dario Tarantino and the virtual tour in 3D. At Bispepaladset the art exhibition Ora et labora by Giovanni Felle. David Di Vetta’s art exhibition at Palazzo Onorato. At the Palazzo Manieri Zuccaro agreement with Donne Equociqui. At the Palazzo Sambiasi (formerly Santa Teresa Monastery) a number of handicraft exhibitions. At Palazzo Vaglio Trotta, the craft of precious textures is by Alessandra Chiurazzi. Finally, at Palazzo Manieri Elia, a wine tasting.
“We are proud to be the owners, but also the passionate guardians of such old and beautiful buildings – says the chairman of the association Dimore Storiche Neretine Benedicta Giulio – and for this reason we make this wealth available to all who are not only material, but identity, styles, stories and culture.It is an event that I believe can serve to give visibility to a beautiful city like ours, to make it known in its hidden and elegant profile.The private real estate assets of Nardò have nothing to envy of the most famous cities, and Corti Aperte is the best opportunity to find out. “
There is also a program of musical events (organized by the Eleusi APS Association, with artistic direction by Andrea Sequestro) and theatrical events in each building, church and other buildings in the historic center. Kl. 18.00 is the agreement with Per diletto e devotion (sacred and popular songs with Mariella Salierno, Letizia and Salvatore Grassi) in the church of San Giovanni Battista, with Alberto Zacà and Gaia Rollo (guitar and voice) at the Dominican convent, with Antonio Frascerra (sax) at Palazzo Asciutti, with Lab83 (Valerio Gira, Benedetta Greco, Gioele Apollonio and Francesco Filograna) at Palazzo Personè. Kl. 19.00 Federico Specchia and Desideria Carroccio (guitar and vocals) at Palazzo Personè, Alfredo Ronzino and Emilia Hart (guitar and vocals) at Palazzo Sambiasi Della Porta, Serena Chiaravalle and Cristian Musio (cello and viola) at Palazzo Vaglio-Trotta, Tarantella di Procida (with Mariella Salierno, Letizia and Salvatore Grassi) at Palazzo Manieri-Elia, a jam session in the Dominican convent. Kl. 19.30 the core screening (with recitation of poems by Vittorio Bodini and songs of the popular tradition) in the Carmelite monastery and the theatrical representation of women and unconventional men (four short monologues by Stefano Benni) in the Palazzo Manieri-Zuccaro. Kl. 20.00 Giulia Montinaro and Laura Martignano (flutes) at Palazzo De Noha, Alberto Tuma (guitar) at Palazzo Caputo, Noemi Puricella and Tommaso Reho (piano and violin) at Palazzo Sambiasi, Duo Eutherpe (harp and flute with Federica Cataldi and Elisa Buffeli) at Palazzo De Pandi. 21.00 last concert by Alessandro Licchetta and Andrea Sequestro (four-handed piano) in Palazzo Giulio. Finally, from kl. 17:00 to 22:00 planned the traveling music from Live Brass Band by Ombrass Street Band, while from kl. 18:00 to 21:00 in the lanes used for concerts will be musical entertainment by students from the Tito Schipa Conservatory of Lecce, from the CSM in Galatone and from the Liceo Artistico “Vanoni” from Nardò.
The convent of Santa Chiara will exceptionally open its doors to visitors to reveal its beauty. The trail, led by art historian Paolo Giuri, begins with a visit to the church and restoration site by restaurateurs Alessandro Burgio and Chiara Muschitiello and ends in the historic garden, accompanied by agronomist Antonio Orlando and agronomist Bruno Vaglio … On this occasion it will be possible to visit the museum dedicated to Sister Chiara D’Amato and the reception room, where some unpublished monuments from the monastery will be exhibited, including Madonna Addolorata (18th century), which was recently restored with contributions from the historic House Association Neretine. Admission is allowed (groups of 15 every half hour) from kl. 17:00 to 20:00 with a mandatory donation of 3 euros (completely handed over to the poor Clares) and duty to wear mask.
On the occasion of a visit to the courtyards and palaces will also be useful for an interesting visit to museums and cultural attractions in the historic center. In fact, the castle’s attractions will be open and usable (underground, Museum of Peasant Civilization and Popular Traditions, small museum of Salento popular costume) on Piazza Battisti, the educational museum of the art school on Piazza San Domenico, the Museum of Nardòs prehistory on piazza Sant’Antonio and Diocesan Museum on Piazza Pio XI.