This villa with its remarkable park was the out-of-town residence of a famous silk merchant of the XVIII century, Mr Giorgio Clerici. It hosts a gallery that displays Contemporary Sacred Art and temporary exhibitions. I am not particularly fond of sacred art but I must admit that the contemporary artists have reinterpreted it in an impressing and unusual way. It is definitely worth a visit.
The villa, its Italian style garden at the front, with neoclassical sculptures, and the huge park at the back, are in the middle of an outskirts area full of grey, modern buildings with no charm. The contrast is striking and in some way underlines the beauty of the complex.
Officially Villa Clerici is not open on Sundays, but due to its acoustic, it is often used by classical music companies for rehearsal on Sunday morning, so anyone can easily get in, linger around and enjoy the sound of the orchestra, all for free. Villa Clerici is also known for its evening concerts, look at the site for the list.
At the moment, during the week, the villa and its gardens can only be visited together with the Contemporary Sacred Art Gallery. During the summer the villa hosts classical music concerts and operas in its gardens, the quality is very high and the context is enchanting.