Cortili Aperti: Italy’s Annual Open Courtyards Event

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the disclosure and privacy policy for more information.

For more than 20 years, ADSI (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane), aka the Historic Home Association of Italy, has been working in conjunction with the owners of the country’s estates and villas to bring to the public a program called Cortili Aperti, or “Open Courtyards.”

The annual open courtyard event, also called Giornate ADSI, usually takes place in late May and gives visitors the unique opportunity to see inside historic properties in more than a dozen cities, including Rome, Bologna, Florence, Lecce, Milan, and Palermo.

Participating estates typically choose to open their courtyards and landscaped gardens. But some go so far as to open up their living rooms.

Some past, and perhaps future, participants in the Open Courtyards initiative include:

If you love castles, elaborate gardens, and posh villas, this is a fantastic opportunity to take a peek behind the gates and doors of Italy’s very private palazzi.

Visit the ADSI website for more information on this year’s program and participating cities.

Photo © redbeetle

3 thoughts on “Cortili Aperti: Italy’s Annual Open Courtyards Event”

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share via
Copy link