The home of ‘The Leopard’ closes for 50 cents loss

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

The Sicilian novelist that wrote The Leopard (Il gattopardo), one of the most famous novels of the world, was inspired by the landscape he could enjoy from the window of Villa Piccolo in Capo d’Orlando (Sicily), the historic residence of Piccolo di Calanovella family.

On 16 April 16 the villa closed and the chairman of Fondazione Famiglia Piccolo di Calanovella resigned.

Villa Piccolo was one of the cultural foundations, penalised by the cuts imposed by the region. It was an excellence that gained numerous results, among which the reopening of the gardens of the villa and the opening of a new section of the museum. But during the years the region has reduced the funds even though the foundation got some profits.

The straw that broke the camel’s back occurred not long time ago. Sicily blocked 180,000 euros founding because 0,50 cent were missing in the counts and so the disheartened committee of the foundation decided to resign as an act of protest. A clear example of interest by the politicians and a proof of how bureaucracy, instead of destroying barriers, actually creates them.

And what would Tomasi di Lampedusa think about this hundredth disaster? What would he think about the closure of the villa where he used to stay during his visits to the cousins Piccolo?

In this place he created the character of principe Fabrizio Salina, an elegant observer of the decadence of his social class. In 1958 Tomasi di Lampedusa described a world and a region, Sicily, that during Italian Risorgimento was corrupted and not willing to change.

Tancredi’s quote “For things to remain the same, everything must change” nowadays seems unfortunately more actual than ever.



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