The entrance door of Villa Zito, in Palermo, is surmounted by an 18th-century Latin distich that invites its readers to calm:
Hinc lites, strepitus, curae, hinc procul ite cadentes; / hic reparent animos otia, rura, quies (“Fights, screams, and stress stay away from here; / let rest, the countryside, and quiet restore our spirit”).
After over two centuries from construction, Villa Zito’s invite is more meaningful than ever: life around this Neoclassical building has become more fast-paced than ever, with new tension, noise, and nuisances coming from everywhere.
Hopefully, all of that stays outside once you cross the threshold of this historical residence. You might even suspect the ancient verses at the door have cast a spell on the building: inside, silence and art reign in all of their beauty.
In this ideal state, you can enjoy Fondazione Sicilia’s lavish collection of paintings from the 15th-20th centuries (ranging from Mattia Preti to Mario Sironi, from Bernardo Strozzi to Ottone Rosai, from Salvator Rosa to Carlo Carrà, from Luca Giordano to Filippo De Pisis, from Pietro Volpes to Mario Schifano, from Salvatore Marchesi to Renato Guttuso) in a “quiet game” that even the innovative technologies installed in the multimedia rooms can play.
And, most importantly, you can discover how some undisturbed time with contemporary art really can restore your spirit.