Il Palmerino’s setting provides a natural backdrop for performances. Because the property has always been stage to small-scale theatre productions, we continue to welcome the public into its evocative spaces. Vernon Lee explored this idea, as early as 1900, inaugurating ‘a rustic theatre’ on the grounds, which she named ‘Il Teatro Rustico del Palmerino’. On that first occasion, puppeteers and actors performed a fairy tale by Carlo Gozzi, entitled, The Augellin Belverde. It was designed to be an educational opportunity, aimed at boosting literacy among the children of local farmers.
Today, when the weather is fine, Il Palmerino Cultural Association organises music, dance and theatre shows. These include ‘travelling’ performances in various spots throughout the gardens, or at our new amphitheatre, which lends itself to small-scale shows, musical recitals and poetry readings that are unique and resounding.