Open Courtyards (Cortili Aperti), Part 2

Here are more photos from the wonderful Cortili Aperti, or “Open Courtyards” weekend, in May 2019.

We had a peek into Palazzo Sacchetti on the beautiful Via Giulia (many thanks to the terrific young ADSI volunteer there who graciously explained the history of the palazzo to us in English).

Entrance to Palazzo Sacchetti


Courtyard of Palazzo Sachetti


A bust looking into the courtyard


The garden was not open, this was a peek through the bars

Apparently the palazzo, or at least some of it, is for sale, so here’s a look inside for those who dream of a real Roman Palace.

Then there was the small but charming courtyard of Palazzo Cisterna, also on Via Giulia.

Small can be beautiful. The ironwork filling in the arches was particularly striking.


Note the cute little fountain tucked under one arched window.


Looking up, the arch motif is repeated

Palazzo d’Aste on Via di Monserrato was another hidden gem.

A little fountain, note the interesting arch motif.


A statue in the courtyard who seems to say about her very elaborate toga, “Oh, this old thing? I just threw it on.”


A window in the courtyard, its flower boxes overflowing with flowering plants.

Palazzo Capponi Antonelli’s courtyard (also shown at the top of this post) was lovely, starting with a picturesque entrance.

The entrance to the courtyard with a classical bust in a little fountain, under hanging ivy


A lion’s head on an ancient pillar in a quiet little corner of the courtyard


Graceful arched balcony


The courtyard was beautiful and peaceful in so many ways

We also discovered that this last, lovely courtyard is sometimes home to concerts — including this month!

Many thanks again to ADSI for this wonderful event (including the excellent brochure and displays at each location, all with English-language information); and to the enthusiastic and helpful volunteers we encountered along the way.