The Aurelian Neo-Humanistic Academy is a neoclassical building that is part of the Forum of the Arts in Solomeo. The building overlooks the Cucinelli Theatre and the harmonious oval space that makes up the Amphitheatre.
The Library of Solomeo, which opened its doors in 2008 thanks to the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation, is located inside the Academy.
Like all the other structures of the Forum, the Library is open to everyone; it is a place to promote dialogue and culture in all its forms.
Events and meetings on philosophical, historical, literary and artistic subjects enliven the Academy's rooms, which house a wide range of classic and contemporary books on art, literature, history, spirituality and philosophy. There is also a large selection of classic books in foreign languages, including unusual ones such as Mongolian, Hebrew, Japanese and Hindi.
The Universal Library of Solomeo
“Founding libraries is like building public granaries”.
This is what the Roman Emperor Hadrian thought about the importance of books and public libraries for the cultural and social growth of all human beings.
At the end of 2021, the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation, inspired by the ancient principles of preserving and disseminating knowledge, which the Foundation itself actively promotes and defends, presented the project for the construction of the Universal Library of Solomeo. The new library will stand next to the Theater and the Church of Saint Bartholomew and will be completed around 2024.
1- "The written word has taught me to listen to the human voice." (Hadrian)
2- "Reading ancient authors and writing for posterity." (Petrarch)