Madonna celebrates a baroque birthday in Noto. And the building where she (maybe) she will stay is a fairy tale

Madonna invites her friends to Italy for her 64th birthday. The destination, this year, is Sicily…

Madonna has chosen, once again, Italy to celebrate his birthday. After Puglia and in particular the spectacular resort Borgo Egnazia where the celebrations took place last year with a lot of “musical” travel for guests on a vintage regional train, on August 16 the American singer will be at Known in Sicily.

The city of Noto seen from the roofs of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.

The city of Noto is seen from the roofs of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.

 

The pearl of the Baroque, in which Chiara Ferragni and Fedez they celebrated theirs wedding as well as being much loved by the population lgbtq+ is a destination for celebrities and star of design and fashion: among the “regulars” there are the architect Rodolfo Dordoni (among the first to “discover it”), Mario Testino, Samuel Mazza, Jacques Garcia, Luisa Beccaria (who with her husband Lucio Bonaccorsi awakened the Castelluccio estate), Riccardo Tisci and MariaCarla BosconoHamish Bowles, Riccardo Grassi and Paolo Rossello. Also Anne Hathaway, this summer, he spent his Mediterranean holidays in the Sicilian town, increasingly at the center of an international chic tourism that resides in the splendid farmhouses on the hills or in the elegant stone buildings of Syracuse built in the historic center after the earthquake of 1693, from which was completely razed to the ground. In particular, among the most attractive are to be mentioned Nicolaci Villadorata Palace with its sensational balconies supported by grotesque figures, Palazzo Ducezio (now the Town Hall), Rau della Ferla Palace, Landolina Palace and above all the extraordinary Castelluccio Palace.

An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.

The rumors are not confirmed, but according to local media, it will be the latter the aristocratic “base” of Madonna, who arrived in the city already on August 15th. In fact, in recent days, with a look by Luisa Beccaria, Madonna posted a video of her arrival and a photo of her son Rocco’s birthday. 

Madonna celebrates a baroque birthday in Noto.  And the building where she will stay is a fairy tale

Naturally, preparations are underway for the party on August 16: it seems that the actual party will be held in an open-air restaurant, under the stars, to seal the 64th birthday for the singer veteran of the launch of Break my Soul with Beyoncé. But it will be the utterly stunning interiors of the baroque palace that will welcome the star and her guests – who understandably keep the party details strictly confidential.

What do we know about Palazzo Castelluccio? A lot, actually. In addition to being largely open to visitors, this mansion with a sparse neoclassical facade, after years of complete abandonment was purchased by Jean-Luis Remilleux, known to the general public for having produced the film Cyrano (directed by Joe Wright ) which in this location was shot. If today it is precisely the house-museum of the French film and television producer, awarded honorary citizenship by the municipality of Noto, this mansion was built in 1782 by the Marquis of Castelluccio to convey an emblematic combination of wealth, elegance and power. 

An exterior of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An exterior of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.

Each of the more than 100 richly frescoed rooms has been extensively restored and decorated with Baroque furniture, paintings, and furnishings purchased over the years by Remeilleux, and installed here with philological passion: on the original Sicilian majolica floors, among the magical tromple-l’oeil, the candelabra, the silver wallpapers and under the bronze chandeliers, it seems, in fact, to see ladies and knights parading like in the set of the Leopard

An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.

 

In addition to the interiors – ballrooms, halls of mirrors, music rooms, chapels, galleries, but also kitchens, stables and pantries – even the exteriors, with centuries-old palms, flowering vines, amphorae and terraces, magically project into a wonderful past where beauty was the order of the day (at least for the wealthier classes) in that “stone garden” that is Noto. 

An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.

The adventure of the restoration was recounted by Remeilleux in the volume A Palace in Sicily, in which he describes the emotions and memories linked to the discovery and “care” of Palazzo Castelluccio, as well as showing its noble magnificence with the shots made by Matteo Aquila ( which we reproduce here in part). Who knows if Madonna has also leafed through it and loved it, so much so that she has chosen to experience her sixty-fourth birthday right here?

An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio.  Photo from A Palace in Sicily.
An interior of Palazzo Castelluccio. Photo from A Palace in Sicily.

At the opening. Photo was taken from the Instagram profile @madonna.

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