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!