Open Courtyards (Cortili Aperti), Part 1

Last month we had the good fortune to be in Rome while the Cortili Aperti — Open Courtyards — program was running.

Cortili Aperti is a free recurring event, open to the public. It allows you a peek behind the doors of some of Rome’s wonderful, private palazzi. The non-profit organization Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane (ADSI) runs it. The organization, founded in 1977, promotes the conservation and appreciation of historic properties.

This year, the event ran during the weekend of May 18-19, 2019. There were too many properties for us to see them all, but we did manage to see to quite a few.

A property that was particularly beautiful was the Palazzo del Gallo (also known as Palazzo Pighini and Palazzo Roccagiovine by its various owners over the centuries). We’d walked by this palazzo many times, so it was delightful to get to see what was inside. The palazzo, found on a favorite piazza ours, Piazza Farnese, dates from the 16th century. But the grand staircase in the interior courtyard was designed in 1705 by Alessandro Specchi. (The staircase is seen in the picture at the top of this post.)


Palazzo del Gallo, in the courtyard


Inside the stairwell


An elegant doorway

The courtyard of the massive Palazzo Odescalchi was majestic and, to our surprise, filled with statues.

The exterior of Palazzo Odescalchi


The courtyard


The fountain in the courtyard


Statues abound in the courtyard


And more statues


And more statues


Including a Hercules …


Perhaps an Apollo?


And a graceful woman

We also had a peek inside Palazzo Torlonia:

Love the soft orange and green


Beautiful old vines


The little terrace


We’ll have more photos from this Cortili Aperti in a later post!