Man holding a book, Parmigianino, 1529 ca., Vienna, © Alamy Stock Photo

'That great part of human thought of all times that is philosophy offers us a scenario of thought often crowded with very different ideas, and there are few things on which there is substantial agreement: one of these is the strong link between culture and the health of the soul. In Solomeo, we make sure that culture is available to everyone. It is our way of contributing to that physical and spiritual connection without which culture would remain an unexplored and useless island, and we don't like that. In Solomeo, there is a Theatre, an Academy, a School of Contemporary High Craftsmanship and Arts, and a Universal Library under restoration, all of which are freely open to everyone, precisely to encourage that positive close encounter that ignites the spark that makes culture fruitful and sustainable for the human soul.'