BOLOGNA’S STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

X ULTIMA VOLONTA’ DI NERINA DE PICCOLI, CONTESSA ARMANDI AVOGLI, QUESTO LUOGO GIA’ SACRO ALLA SUA FELICITA’ DOMESTICA DA ESSA E DAL MARITO CONTE GUELFO, CON OGNI CURA ADORNATO, CONTINUI AD ACCOGLIERE OPERE D’ARTE E A GERMINARE FIORI. LE AURE PROFUMATE ARRECHINO SALUTE  E L’ASPETTO DEL BELLO ELEVI GLI SPIRITI AI CITTADINI DI BOLOGNA. IL MUNICIPIO. MCMXXVII”

An italian countess of Bologna decided a long time ago to leave her garden and palace, a beautiful Villa, known as “VILLA DELLE ROSE” a roses’s palace, to the citizenship of Bologna, in order to “give them a place of Pure Beauty to elevate their lives” .

I discovered this beautiful place while going to interviewing Julia Draganovich, curator of Aelia Media Project (an idea of Pablo Helguera), for the web magazine ” Art in Italy.

The first thing that catched my eye was the ancient flight of steps, with statues of lions ready to protect this milieu of art and peace. As I waited for Julia to arrive, I flavoured the pleasure of a walk in the park, where contemporary sculptures lie (owned by the Mambo-Museum of Modern and Contemporary art in Bologna) having a while to meditate on the importance of such places in our stressful cities.

Not far away from the Villa the Red arcades (painted also by  Giorgio de Chirico) that lead to San Luca’s memorial, two of the symbols of the city of Bologna, seemed to remind me the importance of spaces and moments for personal meditation and quietness.

Discover Villa delle Rose, if you come to Medieval Bologna

NB: Shortly online the interview with Julia Draganovich, about contemporary participating art,  Italy Art Cities and Events, news from the artists of Aelia Media Project.  

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About Odile Milton

I travel through words whenever possible. Odile Milton is my signature on the web as I wanted an alter ego to indicate only my writings and works, not my personal life. Odile like the dancer in black swan, and Milton from the novel An old-fashioned girl. View all posts by Odile Milton

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