April 5, 1943. A date marked in red in memory of the author of The Leopard who wrote poignant words full of regret, twelve years after the Allied landing: “First of all our home. I loved her with absolute abandon. And I still love it now when it has been no more than a memory for twelve years”.
Giuseppe Tomasi was not in the city at the time, but on his return he could only witnessing the destruction of his beloved home and with it the end of an era, experiencing a feeling of nostalgia for the past that will form the basis of his famous novel “The Leopard”.
A heartbreaking scene that we can barely imagine. The poet prince only managed to collect a few of his wife’s personal belongings before finding refuge in Bagheria with the prince of Mirto, where he – it is said – remained locked in a room for three days without speaking to anyone. The painful ruins of Palazzo Lampedusa would have seen many years of neglect and their owner will not see their sad decay.
The Palace is located behind of the prefecture, in via Lampedusa 23, right in front of Palazzo Branciforte. Thanks to the intervention of private citizens, between 2011 and 2015 it rose from the rubble, the same in the external forms, different in the interiors which were irreparably destroyed by the bombings. It is precisely the memories described in detail by the prince of Lampedusa that allowed to the Palermo palace of the same name to achieve a renewed splendour.