ROME - The coffered ceilings painted with floral motifs that create plays of light and shadows, the decorative frescoes that run along the perimeter of the walls with the playful scenes of the polychrome cherubs, the extraordinary "Borghese Table" created in 1634-35 by Algardi and modified by Valadier. And then furniture as precious as jewels, eight ancient tapestries, two of which signed by Jan Raes II, the most important Brussels weaver of the seventeenth century, and finally the sumptuous materials provided by Tessitura Alois di San Leucio, to replace the original silk wallpapers , mostly woven on eighteenth-century motifs. The atmosphere of refined and welcoming elegance that once reigned at Casa Litta - Palazzo Orsini, seat of the Embassy of the Order of Malta to the Holy See, is back intact.whose rooms have been the subject of a radical restoration carried out thanks to the support of the Giulio and Giovanna Sacchetti Foundation onlus.
Not even the covid blocked the ambitious program of interventions that lasted just over a year and a half, from January 2020 to June 2021, to restore as soon as possible to its ancient splendor a 4-storey residence whose princely beauty - in line with that of Palazzo Orsini, born on the ruins of the Teatro Marcello - had been threatened by the merciless passing of time. A place of art and history in the heart of Rome, which can now be enjoyed again: the recovery and restoration of the rooms - which involved three impressive halls, the Green Room, the Yellow Room and the dining room, as well as interventions on the structure and systems of the large house - the total cost of which is around two million euros will make it possible again to make visits to the public starting from autumn and will give theopportunity to make space for representation activities available to banks, businesses and companies. "Making these salons an income will allow us to subsidize our charitable activities, such as those we carry out at the Hospital of the Holy Family in Bethlehem, in refugee camps or even in Rome, in favor of people in need", explained Antonio Zanardi Landi this morning. , Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Holy See, presenting the restoration, "from the fundraising to the completion of the works it was only a year and nine months. We succeeded despite the pandemic, and only with private sponsors, without banks or public aid ". A fast work but above all of great care and quality, which for the cleaning operations, restoration of the missing parts,grouting and scientific investigations saw the involvement of the Special Superintendence of Rome and expert restorers and artisans, and which would not have been possible without the support and energy of the Marquise Giovanna Sacchetti, President of the Giulio and Giovanna Sacchetti Onlus Foundation, whose patronage passionate and without fanfare made the difference.
After the involvement of his Foundation, which is also involved in supporting scientific research, as well as the recovery of the artistic heritage, other sponsors have also arrived and a broader recovery project has been developed which will be completed in the coming months. "I knew the house at its maximum splendor when it was inhabited by Countess Valeria Litta, I remember perfect lunches and wonderful flowers. Then luckily I did not see its deterioration: now, however, I have found the same atmosphere of many years ago", he said. Giovanna Sacchetti, who announced the realization for next Christmas of a project in the Vatican, a nativity scene for the Sistine Chapel in memory of her husband Giulio. "It was no small feat, and in Italy this type of operation is still difficult,because patrons are not supported. But for me this was a great personal satisfaction ".