During the ‘Villas, Palaces and Castles on Sundays...’ the hosts will guide the visitors through the memories of some important, interesting and curious events: that two emperors were hosted at Palazzo Terzi; that in 1913 Hermann Hesse, arriving by chance in the piazzetta in front of the Palace, called it "one of the most beautiful corners of Italy, one of the many little surprises and joys which make travelling worthwhile..."; that the photograph of Maria Montessori used on the thousand lire currency note was taken in the gardens of Villa Pesenti Agliardi; that Ermanno Olmi shot the film ‘Il Mestiere delle Armi’, which tells of the last days of the life of the military man Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, at the Palazzo Barbò; that Quirino Salvatoni, fresco painter, born in Gandino in 1787 and passionate ornithologist, depicted more than 50 different species of birds in the Sala degli Uccelli (hall of birds) at Villa Vitalba Lurani Cernuschi.
This will be a unique experience: to go back in time, to live within these walls steeped in history, to stroll in the gardens enjoying the enchantment of these well-preserved green corners.
To further embellish five historical dwellings in Bergamo, the Fondazione Tassara of Breno has chosen to exhibit some of its fabulous carpets. In 2014 the Foundation received a donation from engineer Romain Zaleski of the most complete and important private collection of existing carpets, consisting of 1325 pieces from the 15th to the 19th centuries. After the success of the first exhibition ‘Serenissime Trame’ held at Ca’ d'Oro in Venice in 2017, a new selection, equally limited and refined, will be exhibited during the Landscape Festival 2019 – I Maestri del Paesaggio in Bergamo, where the ‘Giardini del Sultano’ (the Sultan’s Gardens), created from knowing knots, challenge the viewer to recognize exotic animals, birds, plants and flowers hidden among the bright colours. These carpets, spread out in the great oriental palaces, are treasures that, as gifts passing from the Orient to the Occident, became part of European residences bringing reminders not only of the sacred land of prayers, but also of the luxuriant greenery of oriental cities. The selection, curated by Giovanni Valagussa, member of the Board of the Fondazione Tassara and of Moshe Tabibnia, will see these historical residences enriched with floral themes and stylised gardens. A unique occasion, considering the infrequency with which this artistic and cultural heritage is placed at the disposal of the public.