“The history of the Fiermonte family begins in the land of Puglia, in the south of Italy.
For us, coming back to Puglia was a return to our roots.” Antonia and Giacomo
“On that October day, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, Antonia appeared in her blue dress, on the path turned golden by the autumn leaves. October 6, 1942. That’s how our love was born.” Jacques Zwobada
He left his native region of Puglia at the age of fourteen and covered by foot the road between Bari and Rome to pursue his dream: boxing. He was handsome and determined, and at only seventeen he’d become a professional boxer. A few years later he offered to replace the boxer who, due to an injury, had to give up his encounter with the French champion Paumelle. Enzo’s coach De Santis tried in vain to dissuade him. Without a moment of hesitation he stepped into the ring and won! This unexpected victory made him world famous and from then onward, the boxing matches followed in close succession: from Milan to Paris, London, Cairo, Buenos-Aires and finally to the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York, where the doors to the world championship opened for him. A renowned sports columnist nicknamed him “The White Panther”.
When John Lennon was brutally murdered, the city of New York dedicated an area of Central Park to him, named “Strawberry Fields” after the title of one of the artist’s most beautiful songs. This garden was designed by Anne Filali, the mother of the current owners of the Palazzo Bozzi Corso, and a friend of Yoko Ono.
In one of the reading rooms of the Palazzo Bozzi Corso, a book – a collection of texts, poems, drawings and paintings compiled by Anne Filali – has found its rightful place. Also titled Strawberry Fields, it gathers the works of more than eighty prestigious artists from all over the world, who wished to participate in this tribute to John Lennon. Souvenir photographs are displayed around the room, together with drawings by Yoko Ono. Other drawings by her also adorn the walls of several rooms of the Palazzo.