The Theatre and the Forum of the Arts

The Forum of the Arts recalls the Forum in ancient Rome, an open space dedicated to the citizens’ social life. Today, it is a humanistic citadel that draws inspiration from art and beauty, where the Theatre, an amphitheater, a garden called Gymnasium, and the Aurelian Neohumanistic Academy are located. This structure, devoted to culture, is linked together by a harmonious blend of natural elements – comprising pergolas, fountains, hedges, cypress trees and lush rose bushes – an exquisite ensemble that offers visitors a warm welcome and conveys a sense of spirituality and peace.

Teatro Cucinelli - Solomeo

The Cucinelli Theatre

The Theatre is the laic temple of Solomeo, and it is the fulcrum of the Forum of the Arts area. The theatre itself is inspired by the canons of Renaissance models. Classical echoes of an artform can be found both in the exteriors and in the scenic structure. The unique building has a parallelepiped shape with a tile roof and is built on a lofty podium which is accessed by a great staircase; it is preceded by a shapely pronaos supported by iconic columns leading to a colonnaded and vaulted foyer, with a café, cloakroom, ticket counter and restrooms. The noble interior is adorned in soft hues and severe lines of the rough oak trusses.

Teatro Cucinelli - Solomeo

More than 200 seats are divided between the arena and the spacious terraces of the cavea. The stage spans 12 meters wide, 8 meters deep, with a 7 meter proscenium, incorporating a trap door system which covers nearly its entire surface, and boasts stage machinery with the uncanny ability to creatively transform and adapt different scenes, allowing even for participation with the amphitheater facing it.

The Aurelian Neohumanistic Academy

The Neohumanistic Academy of the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation, with its gracefully restored facility, is a prestigious training and education center with the benevolent aim of promoting “the care of humanity”.

Its vast curriculum in art, religion, business and science are the foundations that support research focused on raising awareness towards moral and cognitive values, the common good, civic education and the desire for a responsible humanity in sync with nature.

Accademia Umanistica - Solomeo
Accademia Umanistica - Solomeo

The Academy houses The Aurelian Neohumanistic Library, an impressive collection of antique and modern books, in addition to hosting thoughtful cultural events often dedicated to the detailed study of philosophical, historical, literary and artistic subjects. Plato and Aristotle, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno, Leonardo and Michelangelo, Montesquieu and Kant are just a few of the academic topics the guest lecturers are invited to discuss, while also encompassing modern philosophies and international literature. The library contains a large collection of classics in numerous foreign languages, including some less expected ones like Mongolian, Hebrew, Japanese and Indian.

Accademia Umanistica - Solomeo

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