About half way through the eighteenth century, instead of getting together in the squares of the city, the aristocracy decided to establish a meeting place inside a house that would be able to host them for their “conversations”.
And so, on 1 September 1769 the “Great Aristocratic Conversation” club met for the first time. In the past, it had a remarkably broad cultural role, welcoming cultured Italian gentlemen and foreigners travelling in Italy to cultivate their knowledge of classical civilization.
The Aristocratic Conversation club, which became the Bellini Club in 1864, is one of the oldest in Italy, and the Barons of Valentino still take part in it today.
The composer Puccini is among the illustrious guests who have visited Valentino Palace. A reception was organised for him on the occasion of his première at the city’s opera theatre.