On the set of "The Leopard" a look behind the scenes of Visconti's masterpiece


The penultimate weekend of the Borghi dei Tesori Roots Fest is coming up. This event will feature 46 small Sicilian municipalities opening museums, convents, artisan workshops, and other places of historical significance. Supported by various organizations, the festival's first weekend was a success, with hundreds of visitors exploring the 46 villages across the nine Sicilian provinces. The upcoming second weekend, from Friday, May 17th to Sunday, May 19th, will focus on the villages in the Palermo area and the two villages of Trapani. Baucina and Ciminna will offer unique experiences for visitors. For example, in Ciminna, visitors can explore  the film - Il Gattopardo - The Leopard through 300 set photos and listen to the Te Deum in the church of Santa Maria Maddalena. The church will showcase the stucco splendor of Li Volsi, inspired by the tribune of the Palermo Cathedral. Among the places, in addition to the historic museum which contains original shots and memorabilia from the colossal film, also the majestic  where some key scences of the 1964 film were filmed. Places where time really doesn’t seem to have affected ancient traditions rooted for generations.

Ciminna opens the doors of the museum dedicated to the legendary film by Luchino Visconti, Il Gattopardo, with original shots of Titanus, and one hundred unpublished photos from backstage, but also two porcelains, a plate and a tureen, directly from the living room that was set up for Il Gattopardo - the Leopard. Among the places open is also the church of the Matrix of Santa Maria Maddalena - one of the few in the world dedicated to the saint - the spiritual heart of Ciminna, which was among the locations of the Leopard. It dates back to the beginning of the 1200s but over the centuries it has undergone changes that have given it a baroque style.

Luchino Visconti wanted it to set the Salina palace, in his "Il Gattopardo - The Leopard", fascinated by this residence which recalls the palace of Versailles. Villa Boscogrande followed the history of the Sammartino family and from an ancient farmhouse it was transformed into a noble residence in 1768 when King Philip V invested Giovanni Maria Sammartino di Ramondetto with the title of Duke of Montalbo. The villa took on its current name after Felicia Sammartino's wedding to Baron Chianello; his son Stefano added the surname Boscogrande. The large and splendid garden is dominated by a long avenue that leads to the double staircase that characterizes the building, but which does not lead directly into the villa. Obscured by time, the frescoes and decorations of the halls, as well as the glazed clay floors with geometric designs, maintain their original beauty and light.

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