This villa with its remarkable park used to be the out-of-town residence of a famous silk merchant of the 18th 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 with its Italian style garden at the front, the neoclassical sculptures, and the huge park at the back, are in the middle of an suburb 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 acoustics, it is often used by classical music companies for rehearsals on Sunday morning, so anyone can easily get in, linger around and enjoy the sound of the orchestra, all for free.
At the moment, during the week, the villa and its gardens can only be visited together with the Contemporary Sacred Art Gallery which contains master pieces of Messina, Carpi, Manzù and many other painters, sculptors and ceramic artists that used to meet, work and dine at the villa.
During the summer the villa hosts classical music concerts and operas in its gardens, the quality is very high and the context is enchanting.